Celebrate "Get Into Your Sanctuary" Day

 
California sea lions

California sea lions

“As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The majority of national marine sanctuaries' waters are open to compatible recreational activities which also allows for considerable benefits to local economies.

On August 12, 2017, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its third National ‘Get into Your Sanctuary’ celebration. This system-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities.

This week, join us on social media in highlighting the types of recreational activities that can be enjoyed by visitors, along with tips for practicing good Ocean Etiquette. We are also holding a photo contest to provide audiences an opportunity to share their sanctuary experiences. This is a great occasion to showcase our partner organizations that bring people to safely and sustainably watch wildlife and help visitors dive, surf, fish, snorkel, paddle, swim, photograph, and enjoy the sea breezes of our nation's most special Great Lakes and ocean places!”

 - NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

Boundaries of Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, plus the 2008 Davidson Seamount addition to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Image credit:  NOAA

Boundaries of Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones, and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries, plus the 2008 Davidson Seamount addition to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Image credit:  NOAA

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the setting for O’Neill Sea Odyssey’s living classroom on-board the 65-foot Team O’Neill catamaran. Here 4th-6th grade students receive hands-on lessons in marine biology, kelp forest ecology, and navigation to better understand the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. Each program provides students the opportunity to "get into their sanctuary" to experience first-hand the Monterey Bay’s marine life and habitats. (Photos courtesy of Jasper Lyons and Nikki Brooks.)