photo credit: NOAAThe NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program has developed a colourful new printed guide and Web page for scuba divers, about diving in America’s 13 national marine sanctuaries.

“NOAA’s national marine sanctuaries have something to offer every diver, from the most experienced to the newly certified,” said Daniel J. Basta, sanctuary program director. “We hope that all divers visiting our sanctuaries will want to join efforts to help preserve and protect these special places for future generations.”

The new diving guide describes the world beneath the sea at each of the national marine sanctuaries, from the shipwrecks and nutrient-rich waters of Stellwagen Bank off Massachusetts to the pristine coral reefs of Fagatele Bay in American Samoa. The brochure also offers tips on how to be a more responsible diver by mastering buoyancy control, respecting marine wildlife, and how to volunteer for habitat monitoring activities in your local marine sanctuary.

Available in PDF format at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/diving.html, a short version of the new guide can be downloaded and customised for use by dive operators and tourism companies to give their customers.

NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce.

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