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Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

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Welcome to the Olympic Coast National Marine 
Sanctuary web site. Here you'll discover the marine life and extraordinary habitats 
that make up your nation's marine sanctuaries and our continuing efforts to conserve 
these ocean and coastal treasures.
panorama view of Olympic Coast's coastline
Welcome to NOAA'simage indicates link leaves this site official website for Olympic Coast National
Marine Sanctuary. Within these pages you'll find words, maps and
pictures that just begin to hint at the wonders of this important
part of America's marine landscape and the National Marine Sanctuary Systemimage indicates link leaves this site.

orca whale
Orca whales are one of 29 species of marine mammals in the sanctuary.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary includes 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline. The sanctuary extends 25 to 50 miles seaward, covering much of the continental shelf and several major submarine canyons. The sanctuary protects a productive upwelling zone - home to marine mammals and seabirds. Along its shores are thriving kelp and intertidal communities, teeming with fishes and other sea life. In the darkness of the seafloor, scattered communities of deep sea coral and sponges form habitats for fish and other important marine wildlife.

paragorgia coral
Brilliant Paragorgia corals and feather-like crinoids grace the seafloor.
In addition to important ecological resources, the sanctuary has a rich cultural and historical legacy. Over two hundred shipwrecks are documented here. In addition, the vibrant contemporary communities of the Makah Tribe, Quileute Tribe, Hoh Tribe, and Quinault Nation have forged inseparable ties to the ocean environment, maintaining traditions of the past while they navigate the challenges of the present.

You'll learn about the Olympic Coast as a place - the qualities that make it extraordinary. Visit The Living Sanctuary to learn about ocean processes, the underwater landscape, marine wildlife, marine habitats and traditional cultures and maritime history. Throughout the website you will also learn about our important work – conserving this incomparable place and its resources for generations to come.

So, dive in, get to know us and explore Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary!

Get Into Your Sanctuary!

Looking for fun this summer? Join us July 31 through August 2 for a virtual Get Into Your Sanctuary weekend!

We are excited to announce that this year Get Into Your Sanctuary weekend is going virtual! Join us from July 31 to August 2 for a unique opportunity to experience all of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are. From taking an ocean safari to virtually diving through shipwrecks to learning how to cook sustainably from a professional chef, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

Tune into our LIVE Get Into Your Sanctuary programming July 31 to August 2 by visiting our Facebook page!

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Cooking the Quintessential Seafood Chowder
2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT

A bread bowl filled with seafood

Join the winner of the Quintessential Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder Contest Ronald Wisner (aka Captain Ron), along with the Olympic Culinary Loop Director Steve Shively, as we dive in for a live cooking demonstration that you can follow along at home. This delectable recipe will make your mouth water and your stomach full, while celebrating the riches of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary! Ronald Wisner is the Executive Chef at Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, WA and will share his award-winning recipe, along with other secrets from his kitchen to yours.

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Gone Fishing! in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
2:00 PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT

Two men show off freshly caught fish on the deck of a boat

Join us as we fish for answers on how to catch the big one! Daniel Studt from NOAA Fisheries will provide some great tips to enjoy sustainable recreational fishing in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Topics will include fish identification tricks, safe handling and release techniques, and of course some good ole fishing stories from the wild Olympic Coast!

Habitats you can't see from the ocean's edge.
How to watch wildlife without causing harm.
Tune In
Videos of life on the ocean floor!

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