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General Information About the MBNMS

Learn about our mission, the sanctuary's history, quick facts, annual accomplishments and more.

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Sanctuary History

Find out more about the National Marine Sanctuary System and the designation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Sanctuary Facts

At a glance: quick facts about the sanctuary.

International Activities

Find out about our efforts to support marine protected areas in other countries.


Learn how we carry out our mission through resource protection, education and outreach, and research and monitoring efforts.

Annual Reports

Learn about our annual activities and accomplishments.

Contact Us

Useful contact information for Sanctuary staff, enforcement, and activities.


Awards and Honorees

See who has been honored or won awards.

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Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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