Gov. Evers, NOAA designate Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary

The sanctuary is one of two in the Great Lakes
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MANITOWOC, Wis. — A historic stretch of shipwrecks off the coast of Wisconsin has been designated a National Marine Sanctuary, Gov. Tony Evers announced Saturday.

The 962 square mile sanctuary, named the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary,  will be co-managed by the state and NOAA.

“The official designation of the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a tremendous victory for our state,” Evers said in a statement. “This achievement was fueled by the passion of those determined to see this project over the finish line.”

The area is one of only two national marine sanctuaries in the Great Lakes.

There are 36 shipwrecks in the waters of the sanctuary. Many of the wrecks have been preserved by the cold freshwater of Lake Michigan.