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World Oceans Day – June 8, 2012

To celebrate this special day, we are featuring a series of short films that highlight the diverse benefits of marine protected areas and the importance of international cooperation to protect our shared oceans.

Videos

Protecting marine life
North America's marine protected areas support an incredible variety of marine life and help restore fisheries.

Discovering the ocean's secrets
Marine protected areas are living laboratories for scientists to learn about our oceans, so we can all make better decisions about their—and our—future.

Table coral and fishes at Rapture Reef in French Frigate Shoals.
Table coral and fishes at Rapture Reef in French Frigate Shoals. Credit: Greg McFall

Connecting us to nature
Marine protected areas offer beautiful and unique places to explore and enjoy the natural world.

Sustaining a way of life
Marine protected areas help sustain North America's economy and its coastal communities.

Click Here for videos and more information (you will be directed to a non-NOAA website).

Click Here to view the North America's Marine Protected Areas video fact sheet (pdf 942kb).