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Our national marine sanctuaries protect special places in America’s ocean and Great Lakes, and promote responsible and sustainable uses to protect the health of our ocean for future generations. We talk with Matt Brookhart, Chief for Policy and Planning, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, about the public’s involvement in nominating new sanctuaries. Learn how your community can help NOAA to identify, designate, and protect marine areas of special national significance! More »