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Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries with Celine Cousteau - 9/22/15


More than 170,000 square miles of U.S. marine and Great Lakes waters are preserved through national marine sanctuaries. There are 14 of them scattered around the country, from Washington State to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa.

Sylvia Earle calls these areas “hope spots,” as they promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean habitats. Explorer, filmmaker and diver Céline Cousteau—the granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau—has had the rare opportunity to visit all of these special aquatic places. We’re thrilled to have her here today to share what she’s seen and learned through her travels.

As chief executive officer, John Racanelli leads a team of 600 full and part-time employees and 1,000 volunteers in pursuing the National Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than 1.5 million people annually visit the Aquarium’s venue in Baltimore, Maryland, while millions more are touched by the Aquarium’s education programs, outreach activities, social media campaigns and conservation initiatives.