National Marine Sanctuaries Map

The United States has a network of protected areas in the waters off our coasts. From the chilly waves on Washington's Olympic Coast to the warm shallows ringing the Florida Keys, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) maintains 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and co-manages one Marine National Monument

They are a crucial tool in managing ocean resources, showcase historic shipwrecks, help conserve and restore habitats, offer scientists research opportunities, and offer visitors research and educational opportunities. Learn more about the National Marine Sanctuaries and how they are used as tools for conservation, restoration, and protection.