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October 16, 2014
Annual “Keep The Sea Free of Debris Art Contest!”

                                  Resources – Downloads 2015 Art Contest Entry Form 2015 Art Contest Flier             The last day to submit entries is November 17, 2014. Eligibility All students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade from […]

August 28, 2014
NOAA Lists 20 New Corals as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act.

In total, 22 species of coral are now protected under the Endangered Species Act, including the two corals (elkhorn and staghorn) listed as threatened in 2006. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean (see table below). None are found in Hawaii. Protecting and conserving biologically diverse coral […]

Possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

On behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), we would like to invite you to participate in a Town Hall meeting on the possible expansion of the protections of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The Town Hall discussion […]

June 12, 2014
NOAA Sanctuary Nomination Process – Summer 2014

Reposted from For the first time in twenty years, NOAA is re-establishing a process for the public to nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries. This community-based process addresses a growing number of requests for new national marine sanctuaries from diverse interests around the country. This action […]

June 11, 2014
Marine sanctuary group considers lots of new protected wildlife management areas

By KEVIN WADLOW [email protected] June 7, 2014  A plan going to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's advisory council for review June 17 proposes to double the number of wildlife management areas in nearshore waters. Regulations in the 27 existing wildlife areas typically limit boats to low speeds, require no-motor access or ban entry altogether to […]

Ocean Sampling Day (OSD)

On June 21, 2014, the summer solstice, thousands of scientists will join together to participate in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD), an international collaboration to collect water samples from the ocean and rivers around the world. Within the water samples, scientists will also be collecting things so small that, in most cases, they are invisible to […]

October 28, 2013
Petition to List 81 Marine Species under the ESA

NOAA Fisheries Background On July 15, 2013, NMFS received a petition from WildEarth Guardians [pdf] to list 81 species as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. The 81 petitioned species includes corals hagfishes sharks skates rays bony fishes sea snakes marine mammals NMFS will respond to the petition with 90-day findings […]

August 23, 2013
Gulf Spill Sampling Questioned

By HENRY FOUNTAIN. Published: August 19, 2013. New York Times An analysis of water, sediment and seafood samples taken in 2010 during and after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has found higher contamination levels in some cases than previous studies by federal agencies did, casting doubt on some of the earlier sampling […]

June 28, 2013
NOAA seeks public input on nomination process for potential new marine sanctuaries

Contact: Vernon Smith, 301-713-7248 Keeley Belva, 301-643-6463 NOAA is seeking public input on a proposed process and associated criteria to evaluate potential new national marine sanctuaries in the nation's marine and Great Lakes environments. A humpback whale feeds in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA will finalize the proposed process and criteria upon receiving public […]

March 7, 2013
Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011

March 7, 2013. NOAA Fisheries Service Today we released the report Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011.  The report provides economic statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation. The report is the sixth volume in an annual series designed to give the public accessible economic […]