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 sanctuaries.noaa.gov/coronavirus/.

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Research & Monitoring Overview

vermillion rockfishWelcome to the Research Program pages of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. With more than 30 research institutions, the greater Monterey Bay community has emerged as a world leader in marine science. The Sanctuary Research Program assesses change in species and habitats, and participates in regional research to better understand the Sanctuary ecosystem. This information is used to support ecosystem management decisions as well as education programs.

Mission

Address resource management needs for information.

Approach

Determine scientific information gaps, develop collaborations to study issues, and interpret research for decision makers.

Components

Research Priorities and Science Needs


General Info

Meet our research staff, learn about research platforms used to conduct sanctuary research, communicate with other scientists in the region, and receive announcements and opportunities for marine-related research..
General Info

Natural Resources

Peruse MBNMS publications and web resources that describe the diverse biological communities and habitats of the Sanctuary, including kelp forests, beaches, Monterey Submarine Canyon, and Davidson Seamount.

Natural Resources

Monitoring and SIMoN

Comprehensive, long-term monitoring is a fundamental element of resource management and protection. The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Research Program monitors ecosystem resources through SIMoN, the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network.

Monitoring and SIMoN
 

Research Activity Panel

The MBNMS Research Activity Panel (RAP), composed of 25 representatives from regional research institutions and organizations, is a working group of the MBNMS Advisory Council.

Ricketts Award & Lecture

This annual award honors scientists who have exhibited exemplary work throughout their career and advanced the knowledge of marine science.

Currents Symposium

The Currents Symposium is an event for researchers, educators, students, and the public to learn about current research being conducted in the Sanctuary.

Research Publications

Explore a variety of MBNMS publications and web resources that describe the organisms and habitats of the Sanctuary.