||Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is the non-profit partner of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The Foundation raises awareness of and support for the sanctuary's mission to protect Olympic Coast's natural and cultural resources.
||Off the coast of the Olympic Peninsula is one only thirteen marine sanctuaries in the United States, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. This 3,188 square miles of protected area is home to twenty-nine species of marine mammals residing in or migrating through its waters including humpback and gray whales, seals, sea lions, and sea otters. The sanctuary provides critical nesting habitats for seabirds of all kinds and an important migratory pathway. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is among the most productive habitats in the world. This diversity and richness of marine resources provide exceptional opportunities for scientific research. The sanctuary works with the Quinault Indian Nation, and the Makah, Quileute and Hoh tribes in nature based programs and helps local school districts create marine science programs to raise awareness and promote sustainable use of the area.
In efforts to increase awareness and support for the sanctuary the chapter focuses on marine debris and ocean acidification research, education and outreach, research vessel replacement and is taking a lead role in planning and fundraising for a new Marine Discovery Center.
|Partnerships & Affiliations
||National Marine Sanctuary Foundation///Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary///WA CoastSavers///Feiro Marine Life Center///Olympic National Park///City of Port Angeles///Port Angeles Waterfront Center///NOAA Marine Debris