Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • map of the MBNMS

    The Sanctuary protects 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean

  • sea otter at the surface

    34 species of marine mammals are found in the Sanctuary

  • Shorebird walking on slough

    The Sanctuary boundary includes the Elkhorn Slough

  • Volunteers working at shoreline

    Volunteers assist the Sanctuary in many ways

News & Upcoming Events

Final Rule for Revised Introduced Species Regulations Released

NOAA publishes a final rule prohibiting introduced species in the state waters of GFNMS and MBNMS. (2/19/15)

Winter 2015 Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment Open

Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (2/13/15)

Are you interested in a different type of volunteer experience?


Volunteers Needed! Become a Sanctuary Exploration Center Docent

A free fun event benefiting MBNMS (2/3/15)

Sanctuary Currents Symposium 2015: Call for Research Posters

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Welcome to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! One of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! This "Serengeti of the Sea" stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambria and includes pristine beaches, jewel-like tide pools, lush kelp forests, steep canyons and an offshore seamount teeming with life—from tiny shrimp to giant blue whales. The National Marine Sanctuary System promotes environmental protection, stewardship and ocean research. We invite you to explore and help protect this national undersea treasure.
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