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Privacy Policy


The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) respects your privacy and we know that you care about how information is used and shared.

This policy discloses the privacy practices of NMSF with respect to our website marinesanctuary.org and all associated subdomains including its chapters, online products and services, service providers and mobile optimization and analytics applications (collectively referred to as “Sites”). A complete list of subdomains is below. By visiting any of the Sites, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.
This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by these Sites. It will notify you of the following:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

NMSF and its service providers collect Personal Information that you provide while using the Sites. Personal Information” is information that identifies you as an individual or relates to an identifiable person. For instance, NMSF gathers information when you fill out Site profile forms to receive our newsletter, make donations and participate in advocacy action alerts.
If you choose to link your social media accounts to your Site account, certain Personal Information from your social media account will be shared with us in accordance with the specific policies of the third-party social media platforms. This may include Personal Information that is part of your profile or your friends’ profiles.
If you provide our Sites with any Personal Information relating to other people, you represent that you have the authority to do. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age. We do not track your browsing habits across other third-party sites.
We use Google Analytics to collect general information about Sites use, without identifying individual users. Google Analytics privacy policy is here:

NMSF is the sole owner of the information collected on its Sites. NMSF does not sell or share information with our vendors, sponsors or others.
All consultants and contractors working for NMSF are required to sign a contract with NMSF which includes a prohibition from collecting, using or sharing confidential information outside the scope of their work for NMSF.
We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, except insofar as necessary to:

  • Fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an e-commerce order, with an approved vendor or third-party for the specific service
  • Process an acknowledgement or action relevant to your request from a representative of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Comply with applicable law and law enforcement
  • Respond to lawful requests from government authorities
  • Enforce our terms and conditions, protect our operations and protect our rights, privacy, safety or property
  • Allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain

Unless you ask us not to, NMSF may contact you in the future regarding news and activities relating to NMSF, including changes to this privacy policy. NMSF complies with the terms of the CAN-SPAM Act.
At your option, you may also provide additional information where requested in Profile forms but it is not required.

Your Access to and Control over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us through the channels listed at the bottom of this page. You can:

  • See what data we have about you, if any
  • Change/correct any data we have about you
  • Have NMSF delete any data we have about you
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data

If you have created a Profile on our website, you can also access your individual account and change, correct or delete any personal data.


NMSF takes precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever NMSF collects sensitive personal financial information, including credit and debit card data, such information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for the closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser or the “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While NMSF uses encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only NMSF employees who require the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The software programs we use and the server on which NMSF stores personally identifiable information are password-protected, kept in a secure environment and maintained with current security settings by NMSF’s IT team.

Donations, Registrations and Purchases

We request information from you on our donation, registration and order forms. This information is used for billing purposes and to fill your orders. If we have trouble processing an order, we’ll use this information to contact you. Where event registration is required by NMSF, a user is required to give certain information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact you about the donations, products or services in which you have expressed interest.


We use “cookies” to help us understand traffic and use of our Sites and improve your user experience. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor’s hard drive that enables us to recognize repeat visitors and facilitate your access if you have saved Personal Information data. Cookies also provide us with information enabling us to understand visitors’ browser types, mobile device types, content visited, duration of time spent on the Sites, navigation patterns and other viewing habits. All information is aggregated and usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our Sites.

Links and Passive Third-Party Sites

Our Sites may contain passive links to other independent sites and unaffiliated third parties. The inclusion of a link on the Sites does not imply endorsement by NMSF of the linked site or service. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites or third parties. In addition, we are not responsible for the information collection, use, disclosure or security practices (including the data security practices) of independent operating system providers, social media platform providers, app developers or providers, wireless service providers or device manufacturers. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Advocacy Campaigns and Personal Information

Our advocacy outreach is conducted through One Click Politics (OCP), a third-party vendor whose services we licensed. Messages you may generate through NMSF Sites for us to route to elected officials, leadership of certain organizations or other policymakers are performed through the OCP product and platform. When you send a message or sign a petition on NMSF Sites, we require your name, email address, zip code and city to correctly route the message. Other information requested in our Personal Information form is optional.

OCP may enable you to choose to publish messages on your profiles. When this is done, OCP will not disclose your physical address or phone number but it may disclose a portion of your name and Congressional District, e.g., “Jamie S. in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District”.

Any aggregated information that OCP collects may be used to better understand how OCP is used, to improve the online experience of its users and to identify demographic trends. This information is not used in a way that will personally identify you. OCP’s privacy policy is here: https://www.oneclickpolitics.com/terms

Subdomains Subject to this Privacy Policy

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: https://graysreefnmsf.org

Hawai’i National Marine Sanctuary Foundation: https://hawaiinmsf.org

Thank You Ocean: https://thankyouocean.org

California Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits you to request information about our disclosure of your personal information to third parties for those parties’ own direct marketing purposes.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. All updates will be posted on this page.


If you have any questions or concerns or believe that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, contact us immediately through our website’s Contact Us auto-form, at info@marinesanctuary.org or at 301-608-3040.