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Mallows Bay Declared National Marine Sanctuary

The state of Maryland, Charles County, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared Mallows Bay, an 18-mile stretch of the Potomac River that is home to a “ghost fleet” of more than 100 abandoned steamships dating back to World War I, a national marine sanctuary. Maryland nominated the site for sanctuary status in 2014 noting the historical significance of the ships, the site’s Native American history, the important habitat it represents, and the unique recreational opportunities it fosters. Mallows Bay was the first new site to receive national marine sanctuary status since 2000.

“We are thrilled by NOAA’s announcement of the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary designation,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “Preserving our history, heritage, and natural resources have always been a priority for our administration and designating this national treasure as a marine sanctuary is yet another example of our stewardship; and will ensure that people from both Maryland and beyond will have the opportunity to experience this amazing site for years to come.”