National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Get Involved Overview

A myriad of opportunities are available to those interested in participating in or supporting sanctuary activities.

meetingSanctuary Advisory Council (SAC)

Established by federal law to assure public participation in sanctuary management, the council includes individuals representing a variety of agencies and partners, user and interest groups. Citizens are invited to apply for council seats or may attend monthly council meetings. Four working groups support the SAC, meet to discuss topics pertaining to research (RAP), education (SEP), and conservation (CWG). The public may attend working group meetings.

volunteer docentsVolunteer Programs

Our volunteer programs get you into the sanctuary and its watersheds, whether walking along the beach to collect data or kayaking on the bay to interact with sanctuary visitors. Learn more.

Interns workingInternships

Students are invited to apply for a variety of student internship opportunities.


2015 Management Plan Review

Join the process as we review and revise our sanctuary management plan.

Events Calendar

Check out a current schedule of sanctuary and marine-related events!

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

The Foundation is a local chapter affiliate of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the non-profit partner for the National Marine Sanctuary System that raises awareness of and support for national marine and Great Lakes sanctuaries and their vital role in ensuring a healthy ocean. The public is welcome to give an online donation to the Foundation to support projects that aid in the protection of this sanctuary.

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