Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • map of the MBNMS

    The Sanctuary protects 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean

  • sea otter at the surface

    34 species of marine mammals are found in the Sanctuary

  • Shorebird walking on slough

    The Sanctuary boundary includes the Elkhorn Slough

  • Volunteers working at shoreline

    Volunteers assist the Sanctuary in many ways

News & Upcoming Events

Documents pertaining to the Advisory Council Prioritization Exercise Results added to the 2015 Management Plan Process (2/8/16)

Winter 2016 Recruitment for Multiple Sanctuary Advisory Council
Applications due no later than 2/29/16 close of business (2/1/16)

2015 MBNMS Condition Report Partial Update Now Available to the Public (1/4/16)

New Exhibits Are Here!!
Sanctuary Exploration Center's NEW exhibits are waiting for your interaction

View Curent Information, Scheduie and Documents for the MBNMS Managementy Plan Review (11/2/15)

New Documents Added to the 2015 Management Plan Process Documents pertaining to a Summary Memo from Superintendent to Sanctuary Advisory Council, Advisory Council Prioritization Exercise Results, and a Compilationof the Public Scoping Comments. Please take a look. (2/8/16)
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Welcome to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! One of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! This "Serengeti of the Sea" stretches along the central coast from San Francisco to Cambria and includes pristine beaches, jewel-like tide pools, lush kelp forests, steep canyons and an offshore seamount teeming with life—from tiny shrimp to giant blue whales. The National Marine Sanctuary System promotes environmental protection, stewardship and ocean research. We invite you to explore and help protect this national undersea treasure.
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