A Unique Holiday Gift: Virtual Parcels of the Ocean

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is offering an eco-friendly holiday gift opportunity in partnership with OceansForMe.com, the world’s first ocean registry: a virtual ocean parcel, identifiable by GPS coordinates.


For every parcel registered within a national marine sanctuary, OceansForMe will donate a portion of gross receipts to the foundation for ongoing marine conservation efforts focused on education and research.

“Our National Marine Sanctuary System was created to preserve and protect America’s ocean and Great Lakes treasures,” says Lori Arguelles, the foundation’s president and CEO. “I can think of no better gift for those who love the ocean to learn more about these special places and support our marine conservation efforts at the same time.”

All registries are published in The Official Ocean Registry, which is copyrighted and updated quarterly with the Library of Congress. Once a parcel of water is registered, it is exclusive to the registrant and is no longer available to be claimed by someone else. The registrant owns exclusive registration rights to that parcel and a personal claim to its online space at OceansForMe.

The standard package is available for $25, while the deluxe costs $40. The latter includes a professionally printed certificate, created with eco-friendly printing methods and materials. Registrants will receive a downloadable certificate of registration, a world map marking the parcel’s geographic location and a letter of congratulations with a custom gift message.

“By connecting more people with the world’s waters, we are helping to protect the ocean, especially our nation’s marine sanctuaries, one parcel at a time,” says Lina Virzintas, the registry’s founder and president.

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