Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • image of volunteers for the very first Snapshot Day in 2000

    Monterey County volunteers for the very first Snapshot Day in 2000

  • image showing Volunteers of all ages can join Snapshot Day

    Volunteers of all ages can join Snapshot Day

  • image of Volunteers heading out to Moro Cojo Slough by R. Clark

    Volunteers heading out to Moro Cojo Slough by R. Clark

  • image of Volunteers checking dissolved oxygen at the Carmel River by C. Muegge

    Volunteers checking dissolved oxygen at the Carmel River by C. Muegge

  • image of Big Sur River Snapshot Day 2001

    Big Sur River Snapshot Day 2001

  • image of Reclamation Ditch Snapshot Day 2013

    Reclamation Ditch Snapshot Day 2013

  • Get Into Your Sanctuary

    Get Into Your Sanctuary 2019!

News & Upcoming Events

2019 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture (8/13/19)


2018 First Flush/Dry Run Monitoring & 2018 Snapshot Day Reports Now Available. (8/7/19)


Summer 2019 Recruitment for Multiple Sanctuary Advisory Council Seats

All applications must be in no later than Friday, August 30th by close of business. (8/6/19)

NOAA/MBNMS Release Final EA and FONSI for Pure Water Monterey Water Supply Project. (3/29/19)


Support Students for Zero Waste Week 2019 This year we are encouraging universities, businesses and organizations to participate. (2/22/19)


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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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