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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Offices
MBNMS Main Office
99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: (831) 647-4201
Fax: (831) 647-4250
MBNMS Sanctuary Exploration Center
35 Pacific Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 421-9993
MBNMS San Simeon Office & Coastal Discovery Center
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452
Phone: (805) 927-2145
110 Shaffer Road, Rm 228A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 420-3661
Who to Contact
General Sanctuary Information
Sanctuary Advisory Council
Public Relations and Outreach
Education and Outreach
Research and Monitoring
Resource Management Issues
Enforcement, Emergency Response, and Regulations
are events which are in progress and pose an immediate and significant
threat of harm to life, property, or the environment (e.g. vessel on
fire or sinking, violent harassment or destruction of wildlife, very
large oil spill). If you are aware of an emergency, dial 911 anywhere
within the Sanctuary, and your call will be forwarded to the appropriate
law enforcement agency. Most reported Sanctuary incidents and violations
are not emergencies and should be referred to one of the contacts below.
Sanctuary Violations (in progress) should be reported to the State Communications
Center in Monterey at (831) 649-2801 (press 5, then 3) or
the NOAA Hotline at (800) 853-1964. Use the reporting
guidelines as an aide when providing information by phone.
Sanctuary Violations (not in progress) should be reported to the Sanctuary
Special Agent at (831) 647-4203 or the Sanctuary Regulatory
Coordinator at (831) 647-4251. Use the reporting guidelines
as an aide when providing information by phone.
Oil and Hazardous Materials Spills should be reported to the California
Office of Emergency Services at (800) 852-7550.
Injured or Dead Animal Recovery
- Marine Mammals (sea lions, seals, sea otters, whales, dolphins) – call the Marine Mammal Center at (415) 289-SEAL (7325) 24 hours/day. For the Monterey Bay area, you can contact the Marine Mammal Center’s local office at (831) 633-6298.
- Sea Turtles – call the Marine Mammal Center at (415) 289-SEAL (7325).
- Seabirds (Injured) – call the following according to the county where the bird is located:
- Marin County: (415) 883-4621, Marin Humane Society (415) 456-7283, Wild Care
- San Mateo County: (650) 340-8200, Penninsula Humane Society
- Santa Cruz County: (831) 462-0726, Native Animal Rescue
- Monterey County: (831) 373-2631, Monterey County SPCA
- San Luis Obispo County: (805) 543-WILD (9453), Pacific Wildlife Care
- Seabirds (Dead) – Dead seabirds should be left in place and not buried on the beach. Biologists routinely survey beaches within the Sanctuary for dead birds. In fact, the Sanctuary’s Beach Comber Program is part of these survey efforts. The collected data is used to study bird mortality patterns and identify any significant problems. Removal of dead seabirds can hinder these research efforts, therefore, resource protection agencies prefer to leave them in place.
- If you find birds with oil on them, notify the California Department of Fish and Game at (888) DFG-CALTIP (334-2258), or on the web here.
- If you find an unusually large concentration of dead birds within the Sanctuary, please contact the Beach Comber Program Coordinator at (831) 647-4214.
information about Sanctuary personel, please see our staff