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    • [EXPIRED] National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Newsletter

      The National Marine Sanctuary e-News connects people to their national marine sanctuaries.


      For this year’s Get Into Your Sanctuary celebration, the sanctuaries are coming to you

      Get Into Your Sanctuary is an annual celebration to connect people to their national marine sanctuaries. This year, that should be easier than ever. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has planned a full slate of virtual events from July 31 to August 2.

      Each sanctuary will put its unique spin on hosting the 24 virtual opportunities throughout the weekend. Whether taking an ocean safari, virtually diving among shipwrecks, or learning how to responsibly catch and prepare fish from a professional chef, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, explore and help plan a future trip to see a sanctuary. 

      All of the events will be available through Facebook Live and Facebook Watch Party. To attend, simply visit NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Facebook page.

      Learn More

      SAVE THE DATE:  Live Blue Beacon event with the filmmaker behind Hidden Pacific

      Save the date for a unique, behind-the-scenes look into the deep blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and pristine atolls of our Pacific marine national monuments and marine sanctuaries.

      Hidden Pacific is a pioneering film exploring the wonders of the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote marine national monuments and national wildlife refuge islands. Join us on August 13th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30 pm HT for an early screening of Hidden Pacific (which won’t be released in theaters until 2021) followed by a live Q&A with filmmaker Ian Shive. 

      Click above to view the Hidden Pacific trailer and look for registration information coming next week!


      ParkPassport app is now your virtual guide to sanctuaries

      Just in time to Get Into Your Sanctuary, the ParkPassport app now features national marine sanctuaries and monuments alongside national parks, local parks and other recreation sites, thanks to a partnership between the Foundation, the National Park Trust, Blue Star Families and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

      The ParkPassport allows users to find information about nearby sanctuaries and monuments, earn badges for activities at the sanctuaries, such as fishing or snorkeling, and access resources for a virtual visit.

      Get the App
      The 2020 Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest is now underway! Submit your best sanctuary snapshot before Labor Day in one of four categories:  Sanctuary Views, Sanctuary Life, Sanctuary Recreation, and Sanctuaries at Home.

      Above: 2019 Sanctuary Views, 3rd place: Dustin Harris. Island fox on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.


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      A sustainable ocean economy in 2030

      What will the sustainable ocean economy look like in 2030? What are the risks and opportunities facing companies and investors? Will the post-coronavirus recovery help or hinder the ocean’s potential to create economic growth and jobs?

      In a new report, The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative assesses the challenges facing key sectors in the ocean economy including seafood, shipping, tourism and renewable energy. The authors look at the role of banks and investors in financing the transition towards clean, low-carbon technologies, as well as opportunities in data and analytics. Solutions to marine plastic pollution from source-to-sea are analysed, as is the ocean’s potential to remove carbon from the atmosphere and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

      Read the Report

      Sustainable recreational fishing is rewarding for both anglers and sanctuaries

      Recreational fishing is an integral part of American coastal life and communities, offering both economic vitality and conservation benefits. And, about 98 percent of national marine sanctuary waters offer the opportunity to do so. From salmon to mahi mahi to blue marlin, the diversity of catch is enticing to any angler.

      Offering more than just a fun and relaxing hobby, sustainable recreational fishing provides significant economic and conservation value to local communities.

      As people close to and often near the water, fishermen and women have the opportunity to support and improve marine conservation efforts by practicing sustainable fishing techniques; advocating for better fisheries data and science; improving fish habitat; and engaging in the marine policy process, especially in national marine sanctuaries.

      Read more here >>>


      From the Blog: Summer Reads for Ocean Lovers

      Whether you’re hitting the beach this summer and needing a page-turner while soaking in the sun, or staying home and wishing you were reading on the beach, summer is the perfect time to unwind with a good book.

      And for those who love the sea, there are plenty of ocean-related reads to occupy and expand the mind.

      This month, our blog compiled a list of books for readers interested in exploring and celebrating the ocean, unearthing its mysteries and wonder.

      Learn more >>>

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