Protecting Baltimore’s Canyon

Help us make the country’s first Urban National Marine Sanctuary a reality!

Published October 24, 2016

Located just 70 miles off the coast of Maryland, Baltimore Canyon is an impressive deep-sea environment that houses fragile corals rarely seen anywhere else in the world. 

deep sea coral

In addition to protection from man-made threats, this potential designation will make this area the first Urban National Marine Sanctuary, offering a unique opportunity for the people of Baltimore City to connect and engage with the deep sea. Part of our proposal includes working with innovative companies to bring discoveries from researchers in the Canyon back to local scientists, students and institutions through the use of digital technology. This Canyon offers endless opportunities for the educational use of GIS mapping, remote operating vehicles, SONAR equipment and so much more.

map of baltimore canyon

Worldwide, less than five percent of our global ocean has been protected. National Marine Sanctuary designation is awarded to submarine canyons and other marine assets when a critical mass of public interest and support is achieved. Please join us in pledging your support for this important conservation initiative! 


Learn more about Baltimore Canyon here.

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