is the MBNMS designated and managed?
Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) was designated by the Federal Government
under the authority of the National
Marine Sanctuary Act. Designation followed over ten years of public
support for its creation to protect the rich waters of Californias
central coast. The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the United States Department
of Commerce (DOC), manages the National
Marine Sanctuary System which includes 13 sites and one marine national monument.
Sanctuary, including MBNMS, develops and follows a management
plan that ensures protection
of these resources, provides for research
and education, and facilitates recreational
and commercial uses which are compatible with the primary goal of resource
protection. This work is conducted by the MBNMS
Superintendent and approximately 35 staff
and contractors who are based in the main office in Monterey and in
satellite offices in Santa Cruz and San Simeon.
partnerships and strong involvement with the local community is a key
element in protecting these unique sites. Numerous agencies, citizens,
businesses, scientists, educators and environmental organizations play
critical roles in leveraging the efforts of Sanctuary staff. In addition,
a key element in shaping management of the MBNMS is a diverse Sanctuary
Advisory Council, which advises the Sanctuary Superintendent on Sanctuary
activities and policies. The Council's 20 voting members represent
a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven
local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions.