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One Ocean Student Film Festival--Call for Entries

To inspire, encourage, recognize and promote the work of student filmmakers who are passionate about the ocean and maritime heritage, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's Youth Working Group will host the 2nd annual One Ocean Student Film Festival. The event will be held during Earth Fair OBX on April 26, 2014, at UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, N.C.

The themes of this year's competition aim to highlight and showcase our nation's rich maritime resources, heritage, and traditions. Topics may include, but are not limited to indigenous maritime cultures, shipwrecks as reefs, war along our coasts, seafaring traditions, and land-based maritime heritage. Click here for more information.


ENCORE: National Geographic Features Monitor NMS

For the past six summers, NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and partners have ventured off the coast of North Carolina into the Graveyard of the Atlantic to tell the WWII story of the Battle of the Atlantic. During the 2011 Battle of the Atlantic Expedition, a production crew joined scientists aboard the NOAA research vessel, RV-8501. Their story, Hitler’s Secret Attack on America, will re-air on the National Geographic Channel on February 12th at 5pm EST.


2014-2015 Youth Working Group Applications

The sanctuary is seeking applications from youth between the ages of 14 to 17 to serve on the Youth Working Group. For more information and an application click here.


Final Management Plan Released

final management plan coverThe Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is now available. Management plans are sanctuary-specific planning and management documents used by all national marine sanctuaries. They identify immediate, mid-range and long-term challenges and opportunities, and develop a dedicated course for the future.

View a copy of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary's final plan.

Click here to view the Federal Register Notice.

To obtain a copy of the Final Management Plan and Environmental Assessment email monitor@noaa.gov.


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