(Photo: Paulo Maurin/NOAA, taken in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument)
It’s our birthday! 🎂 🎉
On October 23rd, 1972, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, officially establishing what is today the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. For 44 years, we’ve served as the trustee for America’s underwater parks and protected waters. We work with a variety of partners and the public to care for our world’s ocean and Great Lakes through research, education initiatives, planning, and community outreach.
Thank you for joining us to protect our ocean treasures! What’s your favorite ocean or Great Lakes memory?