word sanctuary evokes images of a sacred place, a
refuge from the dangers of the world, or a quiet place for reflection
and renewal of the spirit.
the marine sanctuaries established by NOAA are not sacred places.
But as refuges for the diverse animal and plant communities of our
coastal oceans and as a place for their human stewards to reflect
on nature and renew their spirit, the marine sanctuaries of the United
States are without peer.
join NOAA and visit our National Marine Sanctuaries, home to unique
assemblages of marine flora and fauna and places we humans visit with
a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty of our natural world.