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We Want Your Artistic Creations! MBNMS 25th Anniversary Graphic Design Contest

MBNMS is celebrating 25 years of resource protection, research, and education. To commemorate this milestone the sanctuary will be creating a series of “commemorative pint glasses” featuring artwork sourced from the local community. We will be creating 4 separate glass designs, each highlighting one of 4 identified sanctuary environments: estuarine habitat, nearshore habitat, offshore habitat, and the very unique Davidson Seamount. We are asking the local art and illustration community to submit designs to highlight each of these unique habitats.

The total; prize could be worth up to $750 (if the same artist is picked for all 4 catagories). Please read all details in the PDF flyer below. For more information, please contact Amity Wood by email. Good luck! (3/2/17)

The deadline for receiving artwork is March 31st, 2017


Public Comment Period on Proposed MPWSP Draft EIR/EIS EXTENDED!

CalAm's proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). Originally, a 45-day period for the public to review and comment on the DEIR/DEIS was provided. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and MBNMS now find it appropriate to extend the comment period by an additional 30 days. The comment period now ends on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. (2/27/17)


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 8th 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. (2/3/17)

Winter 2017 Recruitment for Multiple Sanctuary Advisory Council Seats

MBNMS is recruiting for multiple members for the Sanctuary Advisory Council. All applications must be in no later than Monday, February 28th by close of business. For more information, please contact Kristen Hart at (831) 647-4206, or by email. (2/1/17)

Superintendent Statement: Proposed Special Use Permit Catagories for Desalination

On January 12th, 2017, NOAA published a notice requesting public comment on whether the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries should adopt two new special use permit (SUP) categories pursuant to the requirements of Section 310 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. The two new SUP categories would be:

  1. the continued presence of a pipeline transporting seawater to or from a desalination facility; and
  2. the use of sediment to filter seawater for desalination.
Comments will be considered if received on or before February 13th, 2017. (11/18/16)


New World Heritage Site nominated for California Coast

The Proposed California Current Conservation Complex World Heritage Site encompasses Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries are area from Point Arena south to Point Piedras Blancas, California. Collectively, the northern California national marine sanctuaries protect an extremely productive marine environment driven by strong upwelling within the California Current large marine ecosystem.

Public comments on the nomination will be sought early in 2017, but questions and comments can be directed to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries' West Coast Regional Office, The sanctuary superintendent or your local Sanctuary Advisory Council Representatives. (11/18/16)


Save The Earth will donate concert tour proceeds to Beach COMBERS program

Orquesta Victoria, a 14-piece tango orchestra from Argentina, announced it will donate $1 for every ticket sold during their "El Mundo is the World" California tour to the Save The Earth Foundation. All money raised for Save The Earth will be donated to Beach COMBERS; a long-term beach monitoring program composed of volunteers who obtain information on rates of stranding for all species of marine birds and mammals along the California coast. (10/25/16)

NOAA names John Armor as Director of Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Since May 2015, John has performed the duties of acting director for ONMS, providing the strategic vision for the program and overall policy direction for the system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. That system now encompasses more than 620,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters. Before working in the role of acting director, John served as deputy director for Sanctuaries for more than two years, where he oversaw the day-to-day administration of a program that includes more than 300 people working across five time zones and $50 million a year in annual spending. Earlier, John led the Conservation Policy and Planning Division in ONMS, overseeing a highly complex expansion of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. He brings extensive experience with the permitting and regulatory side of national marine sanctuaries, having served for eight years writing regulatory actions and advising leadership on permitting and policy decisions. (10/17/16)

Mysterious foam a byproduct of phytoplankton bloom

While not toxic, this marine plankton species has the ability to discolor the water and also produce a surfactant foam. The highest concentrations occurred between the Pajaro River and Capitola Beach. You may remember the 2007 bloom of Akashiwo sanguinea that coated the feathers of many birds in the Monterey Bay area, causing them distress. We have not encountered birds in distress from the current event, however – as a reminder – if you see a live bird in distress, please call: in Santa Cruz County – Native Animal Rescue (831) 462-0726, and in Monterey County – Monterey County SPCA Wildlife Center (831) 264-5427. (10/17/16)

Montebello shipwreck added to the National Register of Historic Places

Just south of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary boundary are the remains of the oil tanker Montebello. The tanker was sunk by a single torpedo fired by a Japanese submarine during World War II on December 23, 1941; just two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Montebello represents three different aspects of American history: the development and use of a petroleum tanker in times of peace and war; the dependence on maritime commerce to provide fuel for the industrial revolution; and growing United States military presence around the globe during World War II.

The Montebello shipwreck and remains were added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 27, 2016. The National Register listing provides additional federal protection for the wreck site and the artifacts there.

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural places considered worth preserving. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the National Register can qualify for Federal grants for historic preservation.

Though adjacent to the southern boundary of MBNMS, the Montebello was studied as a potential oil spill threat and as a relevant historical artifact. Since 2003, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and partners have carefully characterized and mapped the shipwreck and surrounding debris. In 2011, it was determined that there is no substantial oil threat from the Montebello to California waters and shorelines. The Montebello is located in the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

Learn more about the history, and recent field research at the Montebello. (9/27/16)


What's up with Harmful Algal Blooms and Domoic Acid Poisoning?

MBNMS waters in the Monterey Bay are experiencing a sporadic harmful algal blooms (HABs) and domoic acid event. HABs and domica acid are caused by high concentrations of certain free-floating single-celled plants in the ocean (known as phytoplankton) that produce toxins that spread into the marine ecosystem. Of approximately 5,000 known species of phytoplankton (microalgae), only a few dozen are known to produce toxic chemicals that can harm fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, and humans. (7/16/16)

Job Announcements


Maintenance Specialist - Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC)

Lynker Technologies, LLC has an immediate opening for a qualified Maintenance Specialist to fill a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week) on a contract with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

This role involves supporting Lynker’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) operations at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC) as part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) in Santa Cruz, CA.

Key duties are as follows:

  • Maintain all aspects of the building’s operations (HVAC, boiler, hot water, fresh and saltwater systems, safety equipment, lighting, janitorial oversight, restrooms, etc.).
  • Maintain SEC’s exhibits, clean, repair, replace items as needed.
  • Schedule required maintenance and inspections with vendors (elevator, overhead door, extinguishers, HVAC, etc.).
  • Meet with representative from the City of Santa Cruz on building issues as they arise. Document maintenance cycles and completion.
  • Assist with research from purchasing or service contract development, progress on same and documentation.
  • Maintain LEED certification requirements and documentation.
  • Work with Deputy Superintendent to assess needs of the building or grounds.

To be considered, you must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Five (5) or more years of professional experience with facility maintenance.
  • Day-to-day experience operating building systems (e.g. heating, plumbing, lighting, electrical, fire/life safety, and elevators) and grounds in a public facility.
  • Highly organized, self motivated, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Able to attend to details, effectively prioritize a variety of competing tasks under strict timeliness and meet multiple deadlines and approval processes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have demonstrated computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to develop solutions and recommendations for on-the-ground issues related to facility and/or exhibit maintenance.
  • Skill in originating new approaches or adapting existing approaches to develop and carry out projects.
  • Ability to set long range maintenance plans and estimated costs.

Please send your resume, list of references, and explanation of how you meet the requirements above to


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MBNMS Annual Accomplishments Report for 2014 (5/1/15)

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