U.S. Postal Service releases stamps featuring NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries

Image showing 3 sheets of the new National Marine Sanctuaries Forever® stamps feature scenes from NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries.
The set of 16 new National Marine Sanctuaries Forever® stamps feature scenes from NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries. Credit: NOAA, with images supplied by USPS.

What travels around the world but stays in one corner? With the U.S. Postal Service releasing 16 new National Marine Sanctuaries Forever® stamps, you don’t need to travel the world to appreciate America’s most spectacular marine places.

Animation (GIF) showcasing the set of 16 new National Marine Sanctuaries Forever® stamps feature scenes from NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries.
Animation showcasing the set of 16 new Forever® stamps featuring photographs of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries. ​ (NOAA, with images supplied by USPS)

These stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. They showcase the abundant wildlife, scenic beauty and underwater archaeological treasures found throughout the sanctuary system. 

Originating with Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, home to the famed Civil War shipwreck USS Monitor, to the latest designation of Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary which protects unique Great Lakes resources, each sanctuary offers opportunities to explore and learn. 

Today, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the U.S. Postal Service hosted a community dedication ceremony at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz, California, to celebrate this new stamp series. 

Learn more about the 16 new National Marine Sanctuaries Forever® stamps in the U.S. Postal Service press release offsite link