National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Claire Fackler

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National Education Liaison

Claire Fackler has been working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA), National Ocean Service since 1999. Previous to that, she did contract work for the National Geographic Society, then moved to NOAA to assist in the education and outreach elements of the Sustainable Seas Expedition until 2001. She has worked as the National Education Liaison for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries since 2002, in addition to becoming National Volunteer Coordinator since 2015. Her work helps bring the ocean into Americas classrooms, as well as to inspire ocean and climate literacy and conservation through national marine sanctuaries. She works with various partners, such as National Geographic Society and the GLOBE Program on national and regional educational programs that enhance public awareness, understanding and appreciation of the marine environment. In 2008, she developed a program called Ocean for Life that brought together students of diverse cultures and backgrounds to discover marine science, conservation, and how the ocean connects us all.

Contact Information

Phone: 805-893-6429

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