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Sanctuary Offices & Visitor Centers Are Now Closed to the Public.

For the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and employees, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the offices and visitor centers will be closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to reassess the situation. We understand this closure is an inconvenience for visitors, and we apologize. Our top priority is the health of our guests who come to learn about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the National Marine Sanctuary System, as well as the staff and volunteers who support our visitor centers. For more information, please revieow the links below. If you have further questions about the closure and MBNMS, please contact Dawn Hayes by email. (7/20/2021)

8th Annual Get Into Your Sanctuary Celebration is Coming this August 2nd – 8th

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is hosting "Get into Your Sanctuary" day on August 2nd – 8th, 2021. This National Marine Sanctuary System-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of free activities open to the public. We have special events planned at both our visitor centers, as well as the GIYS Photo Contest. For more information, please email Lisa Uttal. (7/20/21)

So get out there and Get Into Your Sanctuary!


Live from the deep: Explore the coral and sponge gardens of Sur Ridge

On June 30th, 2021 at 11:00 am PT, you are invited to dive behind the scenes of MBARI’s expedition to Sur Ridge during their Live from the deep virtual event. You will be able to see live footage of the seafloor, ask scientists, engineers, and aquarists from MBARI, MBNMS, and Monterey Bay Aquarium your questions, and find out what it’s really like to have a career exploring the deep ocean.. For more information, please email Amity Wood. (6/9/21)

Superintendent Statement: Large Vessels Close to the Coast in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Large vessels such as container ships and oil tankers have been sited close to the Monterey Bay coast over the past few weeks. NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard to remind the vessels about advisable routes recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Shipping companies are cooperating with the sanctuary’s request that large vessels move west of the recommended routes and well offshore while waiting for entry into San Francisco. For more information, please email Karen Grimmer. (4/13/21)

2020 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture

Join the MBNMS Research Activity Panel at the virtual 2020 Ed Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture, presented to Dr. Terrie M. Williams, Director of the Center for Marine Mammal Research and Conservation, University of California, Santa Cruz. Register for the January 21, 2021 webinar here. (12/16/20)

Attention Teachers!

Explore MBNMS through our new Distance Learning Programs for your students! Access our pre-recorded marine science programs and lesson plans for free, or schedule a 45 minute LIVE Virtual Interaction Program for a fee. For more information, please email Chelsea Prindle. (11/2/20)

MBNMS Virtual Dives and Feature Film “One Breath” are now available!

Watch the stunning 18 minute film highlighting the sanctuary from filmmaker Bob Talbot, and take yourself on a virtual dive tour to explore 360° images taken from 11 different sanctuary locations. Use virtual googles for the ultimate immersive experience!. For more information, please email Amity Wood. (10/29/20)

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Releases DRAFT Management Plan and DRAFT Environmental Assessment for MBNMS

Over the last decade, the sanctuary's natural and cultural resources and environmental conditions have changed, creating new challenges for protecting resources and facilitating compatible use. At the same time, new tools for effective management have emerged, driven by scientific advances, technological innovation, and new partnerships. An evaluation of requirements and approaches, both current and future, ensure we, and our partners, are making the most effective use of programmatic resources. Public engagement is central to NOAA's community-based approach to managing sanctuaries. We are soliciting public input on the draft management plan, the draft environmental assessment and the proposed rule at this time. You may submit comments during public comment periods and view comments submitted under docket number NOAA–NOS–2020-0094 at (7/6/20)

Support Students for Zero Waste Week 2020

Students in California are inviting their local communities to “Go Green. Think Blue.”, and join them in the 8th annual Students for Zero Waste Week. During this week-long campaign, students are focusing on reducing land-based waste and in turn, helping to protect the health of local marine environments. Their goal is to raise awareness of how single-use plastic and other types of litter affect the health of the local watersheds and our national marine sanctuaries. This year we are encouraging universities, businesses and organizations to participate in the 2020 Zero Waste Week campaign. For more information, please visit Students for Zero Waste Week web page. For more information, please contact Jezella Peraza by email. (12/17/19)

NOAA Expands Seafloor Protection off West Coast Starting January 1st 2020

More than 140,000 square miles of seafloor along the West Coast will be protected from bottom trawling under a plan implemented by NOAA on January 1st, 2020. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) participated in the decade-long review of Pacific Coast groundfish Amendment 28, Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Areas (EFHCA) within Sanctuary waters, providing critical seafloor, coral, sponge and fish assemblage data, vital to the decision to protect sensitive habitats from bottom trawling. More information on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) federal register notice can be found here. (12/3/19)

2018 First Flush/Dry Run Monitoring Report Now Available

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2018 Snapshot Day Report Now Available

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What’s in Your Watershed? Snapshot Day Celebrates 20 Years of Water Quality Monitoring

Snapshot Day exemplifies a successful 20-year collaboration between dedicated volunteers and a network of water quality professionals on the central California coast. Diverse public agencies, local companies, non-profit organizations, and citizens are all committed to healthy coastal watersheds and a thriving Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ecosystem. Read the Web Story, or contact Lisa Emanuelson by email for more information. (4/9/19)

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