Off the coast of Massachusetts, rich ocean currents wash over fantastic undersea terrain to produce an upwelling of life found few other places on the planet.
The heart of this extraordinary ecosystem is the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, home to hundreds of species of sea creatures. But this is a busy place for humans, too. The Sanctuary straddles the shipping lanes into Boston Harbor. Thousands of recreational and commercial fishermen frequent its rich fishing grounds. And a million boaters, divers and whale watch enthusiasts visit annually.
We could love this place until we love it to death. We could use this place until we use it up. The wild creatures who live there are under stress; their native habitats deteriorate a little more every year.
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is the ocean equivalent of a national park, but what that means depends on us.
We can preserve this wild natural heritage. We can conserve our National Marine Sanctuary and enjoy it, too. Science holds the key.
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photo by David L. Ryan, Boston Globe