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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Brochures, Guides, Notecards & Books

A variety of materials to help you learn more about the sanctuary, from wildlife and natural history information to regulations and conservation topics.


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Monterey Bay Begins on Your Street
English (2.9M PDF)
Spanish (3.1M PDF))
Dive into the MBNMS
Summary of Regulations
50 Ways to Get Your Feet Wet in Santa Cruz


Field Guide to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary
West Coast Sanctuaries Field Guide





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