Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary lays groundwork

MANITOWOC – In the year since its designation, the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary has been busy laying the groundwork for future tourism and research.

That groundwork includes sonar mapping of the lakebed in the entire sanctuary, installing weather buoys and even searching for undiscovered shipwrecks.

The sanctuary is one of 15 under the purview of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and spans four Wisconsin counties — Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee.

In the sanctuary’s 962 square miles, 36 known shipwreck sites that date from the 1830s to the 1930s have been noted. Research has given evidence suggesting another 60 may yet be undiscovered.

Russ Green was named superintendent of the sanctuary after directing the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.

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