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fish and the USS Monitor wreck.
Fish and the Monitor wreck. (Photo: Monitor Collection, NOAA)

The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS) is home to one of our nation's most treasured underwater cultural resource, USS Monitor. The shipwreck is magnificent, yet it is vulnerable. Natural and human impacts threaten its long-term sustainability. Therefore, through research, education, and resource protection, the sanctuary works to protect this historic icon.

Through education and by promoting a sense of stewardship, the sanctuary supports an enforcement philosophy that fosters voluntary compliance of regulations. These regulations have been set in place by federal laws to ensure the resource's health, integrity, and continued availability for current and future generations' enjoyment. To safeguard the Monitor, the sanctuary partners with NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) and the U.S. Coast Guard to enforce these regulations.

Citizens are also an integral part of the sanctuary's enforcement efforts. We depend upon citizens to share their knowledge about the sanctuary and to encourage compliance with regulations. Reporting of any prohibited activities in the sanctuary to NOAA Office of Law Enforcement helps to ensure a longer life of the resource for all to enjoy.

When it comes to enforcement, everyone plays a part!

If you are aware of any prohibited activities within the sanctuary you may report it to the following agencies:

NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE): 1-800-853-1964
Prohibited activities can be reported at the number above. Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is located in the Southeast Division. For more information, visit OLE's website.

Sanctuary Office: 757-599-3122
Report the incident to sanctuary staff or leave a message with as much detail as possible and a phone number where you can be reached for further information.

To learn more about Office of National Marine Sanctuaries resource protection and enforcement, click here.

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