The Annapolis Maritime Museum will host a public meeting next Tuesday regarding an application for Mallows Bay to become a National Marine Sanctuary.
Famously known as the largest ship graveyard in the Western Hemisphere, Mallows Bay in Charles County, Maryland, sits just off the Potomac River about 30 miles south of Washington, D.C.
The area is a popular tourist destination for boaters of all kinds, allowing folks to get up close and personal with some of the wrecks. Mallows Bay is also home to a diverse ecosystem of fish and wildlife, which the sanctuary designation would work to protect.
This is the first year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization has opened the sanctuary application process since it closed in 2000. There are currently 14 sanctuaries designed by NOAA in the U.S.
Comments concerning the Mallows Bay sanctuary application may be submitted online hereor by attending the meeting slated for Tuesday, November 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 723 Second Street in Annapolis.
The application is sponsored by the state of Maryland and a partnership of 60 organizations.
To learn more about Mallows Bay, the Chesapeake Conservancy offers a free virtual tour at: www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/apps/mallows/.