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NOAA Releases Proposed Ammendment to Introduced Species Regulation in GFNMS and MBNMS (COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO 5/5/14)

The ammendment is specific to non-invasive introduced species pertaining to shellfish aquaculture in California State waters within the two sanctuary boundaries. Comments on this proposed rule will be accepted on or before May 5th, 2014. For more information, please contact Dave Lott by email. (4/14/14)

From The Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series, ONMS-14-07: "The Containerized Shipping Industry and the Phenomenon of Containers Lost at Sea"

Written by MBNMS's own Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere and Oren Frey, this report describes the discovery of the container in the deepwater habitat of the MBNMS, and discuss the causes of container loss and the trend in recent years toward heightened loss rates. For more information, contact Dr. DeVogelaere at (831) 647-4213, or by email.

Public Input Needed for Coastal Erosion Plan from Moss Landing to Pillar Point

MBNMS and the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) invite the public to provide input on a Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan being developed for the Santa Cruz Littoral Cell, which encompasses the 75 miles of coastline between Moss Landing and Pillar Point. The workshop is being hosted by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The two dates for the workshops are 3/27/14 from 6PM-8PM, and 5/20/14 also from 6PM-8PM. Please RSVP (and for more information) with Brad Damitz at (415) 259-5766, or by email. (3/24/14)

2011 Lost Gear Project Cruise Report

MBNMS staff and partners conducted a ten-day research mission in 2011 to survey deepwater habitats, including at Point Sur, and to remove lost fishing gear, such as traps and nets, from the seafloor using an ROV. Recovered gear was either lightly or heavily encrusted, yet did not appear to be actively fishing. (12/16/13)

Scientists To Give Lost Shipping Container a Second Look

From December 11-16, 2013, MBNMS research staff will be using cutting edge deep-sea technology to re-visit a shipping container that now lies on the seafloor almost a mile beneath the surface of Monterey Bay. Teaming up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and their sophisticated remotely operated vehicle, MBNMS hopes to better understand the ramifications to the local ecology. (12/6/13)

Congressman Sam Farr Supports Collaborative EFH Proposal

Please read the Congressmans letter for more information (1.2M PDF). (11/4/13)

International Leatherback Sea Turtle Summit

On October 14-16, 2013, MBNMS co-hosted an International Leatherback Sea Turtle Summit that forged partnerships to improve conservation for this critically endangered species. (11/1/13)

Water Monitoring Volunteers Needed!

Teams of volunteers are needed to collect samples from storm drain outfalls during the first major rainfall of the winter (First Flush) and throughout the rainy season (ASBS sampling). (9/26/13)


MBNMS Superintendent Requests Public's Help To Protect Sanctuary's Largest Mammals

Our sanctuary whales need your help! Humpbacks are once again this year feeding close to shore. Enjoy them from a distance. Please respect these incredible animals and their natural behaviors. Give them plenty of room to feed and move through the area. The last thing you want is a ticket for harassing a whale, or worse, an overturned boat and someone injured from getting too close. Read his statement. (9/20/13)


MBNMS Helps Central California Emergency Hyperbaric Chamber Get Back On–Line

Last March, the marine sanctuary hosted a meeting of interested parties and collaborated with chamber volunteers, the City of Pacific Grove, regional marine science and education partners, the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, MBNMS advisory council members, and several offices of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help reopen the facility. MBNMS arranged for two specialized technicians from the NOAA Dive Center in Seattle to assist chamber operators in completing repairs and maintenance on the chamber – work that was essential to its return to service on August 3, 2013. (8/20/13)


Congratulations to Enforcement Officer Bob Yerena for Receiving the NOAA Administrator's Award

With the impossible task of patrolling 267 miles of shoreline and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean, Officer Yerena proved that the impossible is possible. He recently received the NOAA Administrator's Award from Dr. Jane Lubchenco for building exemplary agency partnerships and public support for effective enforcement and protection of the nation's largest marine sanctuary. So how did he do it? Click here to learn more. (2/27/13)


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Lost Fishing Gear Abstract by SeaDoc (3/31/14)


MBNMS Annual Accomplishments Report for 2013 (2/27/14)


2012 Snapshot Day Report (2/24/14)


2012 First Flush Report (2/19/14)

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