After extensive discussions with the State of California, NOAA is publishing a final rule prohibiting introduced species in the state waters of the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries (GFNMS and MBNMS). This final rule clarifies that introduced species are prohibited in the state waters of the two sanctuaries with the following two exceptions: catch and release of striped bass, and shellfish species introduced as part of state permitted commercial aquaculture activities in the Tomales Bay region of GFNMS. It also allows MBNMS to consider authorization of state permits for certain introduced species of shellfish that may be reared in future commercial aquaculture projects in state waters of the sanctuary. (2/19/15)
Are you interested in a different type of volunteer experience? Team OCEAN or Bay Net might be just the opportunity for you!
To learn about volunteering for either Team OCEAN or Bay Net, please attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00pm at the MBNMS offices at 99 Pacific St Bldg 455 Monterey. Contact Lisa Emanuelson to RSVP at (831) 647-4227 or by email. (2/13/15)
MBNMS is seeking a team of dynamic individuals to become docents at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
in Santa Cruz. Working side by side with MBNMS staff, docents will have the opportunity to interpret exhibits to the public, conduct guided tours, assist in daily operations, and participate in events and programs. Informational Meeting is Tuesday February 10th at 6:00pm, with training March 3rd – April 28th on Tuesday
evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For questions or more information, please contact staff by email. (2/3/15)
"MBNMS/NOAA has finalized an Environmental Assessment (EA) (5.7M PDF) which analyzed the potential impacts of a slant test well project proposed by California American Water, a privately-owned water and wastewater company, and prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (474K PDF) to the environmental resources within MBNMS and adjacent shoreline areas. The proposed project described in the EA has been evaluated for consistency with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), sanctuary goals and objectives, and ONMS and MBNMS permitting regulations. The environmental impacts of the permitted action are described in the EA, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and related implementing regulations.” For more information, please contact Bridget Hoover by email. (11/16/14)
The updated free Whale Alert app now supports reporting of whale sightings by the maritime community and the broader public. This information is shared in real-time with leading whale researchers and state and federal management authorities. In some cases, whale sightings will trigger confirmation “over-flights” by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) or the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who will then determine whether or not temporary speed restrictions should be created (Dynamic Management Areas). (9/11/14)
Whales in Monterey Bay National Narine Sanctuary need your help! Humpbacks and other marine wildlife are once again 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 anyone wants is harassment of a whale, or worse, an overturned boat and someone injured from getting too close. Read her statement. (7/31/14)
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