Over the last six years, Congress has earmarked over six million dollars for one shipwreck museum in Michigan. A portion of these funds have gone toward a replica schooner and a shipwreck that visitors can walk through. While most other national marine sanctuaries regulate natural resources, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary solely protects and interprets a "nationally significant" collection of shipwrecks and other maritime heritage resources. According to public records, the Sanctuary does not regulate fishing and other natural resources. There are already more than 30 similar museums in Michigan already. In fact, four maritime/lighthouse museums are within 100 miles of Thunder Bay. There are also two maritime museums within 150 miles that have an actual schooner and frigate that visitors can walk through.
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