Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

  • image of a surfer contemplating the swell at Lighthouse Point in MBNMS

    Get In Your Sanctuary 2018!

  • map of the MBNMS

    The Sanctuary protects 6,094 square statute miles (4,601 nmi2) of ocean

  • sea otter at the surface

    36 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

  • Dolphins jumping

    Short-beak Common Dolphin

News & Upcoming Events

Annual Get Into Your Sanctuary is coming August 4, 2018
Join events at sanctuary visitor centers and enter the GIYS photo contest! (5/4/18)

Spring 2018 Recruitment for Sanctuary Advisory Council College Seats Applications due no later than 5/31/18 close of business. (4/10/18)

Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project Now Available. (3/27/18)

Spring Film Series At The Sanctuary Exploration Center Join us for the screening of ocean conservation themed films and panel discussions with local experts. (2/27/18)

Discovery Saturdays at the Coastal Discovery Center Join sanctuary staff at the CDC for a FREE guided beach and tidepool exploration activity!. (1/31/18)

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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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