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What is a Marine Sanctuary?

What is a Marine Sanctuary?

In 1972, Congress passed the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, establishing a National Marine Sanctuary System for underwater areas deserving special protection. There are 13 Marine Sanctuaries in the United States, including Stellwagen Bank, and 1 Marine National Monument.

Sanctuaries are a safe haven for the natural and cultural treasures of our nation's waters, including endangered species and shipwrecks. On any given day, a diverse ecosystem like Stellwagen might serve as a laboratory, classroom, fishing ground and tourist site.

Learn more about Stellwagen's history.

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