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Our mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating compatible use.

Photo: A cunner hides among the marine invertebrates covering the remains of a shipwreck in the sanctuary.

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We're jumping for joy! Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary was voted Best Place to See Aquatic Life in USA Today's latest 10-Best Reader's Choice travel awards contest. The sanctuary's popularity as a world-renowned whale watching site generated support from a wide ranging voting public. The consistent sightings and active behaviors of some of the largest animals on the planet make an ocean safari to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary a trip to remember. Click here to read the story.

Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is recruiting for four vacancies on its Advisory Council. Deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Click here for an application.

2017 Marine Art Contest Underway
See past winners, visit traveling art show, download art calendar

The 2017 MME Marine Art Contest – theme is Marine Biodiversity at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – is now open. Deadline is April 28. Click here for a copy of the rules and an entry form. You can also download our 2017 Calendar, featuring winning art from last year's contest. Optimum size is 11"x17", but you can print the document as an 8.5"x11" or 8.5"x14" calendar.  View all past art contest winners here.  A traveling show of winning art from the 2016 contest will be on display at the Salem National Historic Site visitor center during February.

Sister Sanctuary Program    
For the first time, international marine sanctuaries are joining together to protect a migratory marine mammal species – the humpback whale – on both ends of its range.
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Hear sounds made by humans and whales in the marine environment.

Whale Alert App

Whale Alert app to aid mariners and protect right whales

Whale Sense

WHALE SENSE is a program for responsible whale-watching from Maine to Virginia. External Website

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Stellwagen Bank was named one of the world's Top 10 Whale Watching Sites according to USA Today.

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Save Whales at Stellwagen BankExternal Website




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This issue includes:
I See, You See Station Installed
Get Into Your Sanctuary Review
Whale Tagging Update
Student Art from the 2016 MME Contest
Boater Education Missions
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