National Marine Sanctuaries include over 600,000 square miles of underwater parks in U.S. coastal waters and Great Lakes; these sanctuaries have been set aside to monitor ocean health and preserve precious biological and cultural resources. In July, Jenny Woodman will sail with a team of scientists on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada in three sanctuaries off the coast of California, sharing live field reports, photo essays, and articles along the way.
Exploring Ocean Worlds
Every day, a small number of scientific explorers uncover remarkable underwater ecosystems that change our understanding of biodiversity in places we once thought void of life. Learn about ocean exploration and the people working to better know our planet.