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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MBNMS Resource Protection Staff

picture of Karen GrimmerKaren F. Grimmer

Resource Protection Coordinator
(831) 647-4253

Karen has been with MBNMS since 1999, and is responsible for the Resource Protection activities within the agency through leading a small team of six. Prior, she served as Deputy Superintendent from 2007 to 2012 and has worked at the Sanctuary in a variety of positions including Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator and MERITO program coordinator. She has over twenty two years of experience in marine resource management, and oversees the site's marine policy activities including fisheries related actions (i.e., essential fish habitat (EFH)), vessel traffic compliance, lost fishing gear removal, and acoustic impacts, as well as some permitting actions (i.e., desalination). Most recently, Karen led a team to establish Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas within the Sanctuary, and worked with fishermen and conservation groups to collaboratively propose boundary modifications for the trawl fishery.

Karen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as the Director of Education for the nonprofit Marine Science Institute in Redwood City, CA. Prior to MSI, Karen worked as an aquarist at Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, CA. Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Francisco State University and her Master of Science in Education from California State University, Hayward.

picture of Sophie De BeukelaerSophie De Beukelaer

Permit Coordinator and GIS Specialist
(831) 647-1286

Sophie holds a Master of Science in Oceanography from Texas A&M University and is a certified GIS Professional. She focused her graduate research on the deep sea ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and combined a variety of remote sensing efforts to identify the locations of chemosynthetic communities. Since joining the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2005, she has provided GIS support to the resource protection, research, and education programs to inform management decisions and has contributed to an improved characterization of the region. Her current primary responsibility focuses on coordinating permits. Within this capacity, she is responsible for evaluating and analyzing a suite of potential environmental impacts associated with research and coastal development projects along the Central Coast, such as: coastal armoring, acoustics, dredge disposal, wastewater treatment facilities, fireworks, desalination, commercial uses, landslides and highway repair, and low-overflights. A life-long passion for the ocean, notable GIS capacity and marine policy aptitude provide her with an expansive skill set to support a wide variety of initiatives conducted by NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

picture of Lisa EmanuelsonLisa Emanuelson

Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator
(831) 647-4227

As the Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator Lisa Emanuelson tackles such wide-ranging topics as: water quality monitoring and reporting, watershed education, and wildlife disturbance. Lisa trains and coordinates the Team OCEAN Kayaker Naturalist program, and Bay Net Shoreline Naturalist Program. Lisa also provides direction and coordination to the Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network through training, data management, and data quality control assistance, and several Sanctuary-wide monitoring programs each year, including Snapshot Day, Urban Watch, and First Flush.

Locally educated, Lisa Emanuelson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She brings 20 years of educational and programmatic experience to the water quality program, through teaching with the Ocean Discovery Center and the Catalina Island Marine Institute as well a seven years of experience working on the MBNMS Education Team.


picture of Bridget HooverBridget Hoover

Water Quality Protection Program Director
(831) 647-4217

In March 2007 Bridget Hoover joined the Resource Protection Team as Director of the Water Quality Protection Program. In this capacity she is responsible for implementation of the six WQPP Action Plans related to monitoring, urban runoff, agriculture, beach closures, marinas, and wetlands. Prior to this position, Bridget was employed by the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation from January 1999 thru March 2007 as Coordinator of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network where she provided water quality expertise to a wide range of school programs, watershed groups and government agencies. She has a Bachelor of Science in Earth Systems Science and Policy and extensive experience in water quality monitoring. Prior to her position with the Sanctuary, Bridget spent four years working for the Department of Ecology in Bellevue, WA as an Environmental Planner/Spill Response and seven years in the United States Coast Guard.

picture of Scott KatheyScott Kathey

Regulatory/Emergency Response Coordinator
(831) 647-4251

Mr. Kathey interprets and develops regulations and amendments; investigates Sanctuary regulatory violations, coastal incidents, and citizen complaints; and coordinates enforcement activities between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to protect Sanctuary resources. He also serves as staff coordinator for emergency response issues, such as vessel groundings and spills, and is a certified NOAA Divemaster, small boat operator, and aircrew member.

Mr. Kathey holds a Master of Marine Affairs in Coastal Management from the University of Washington and has worked for the National Marine Sanctuary Program since 1992. He worked for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Proposed Northwest Straits National Marine Sanctuary Programs in Washington State prior to assuming his current position in Monterey. Mr. Kathey has gained additional experience in marine protection and management through work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the City of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Planning Department, and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington.

picture of Pam KronePam Krone

Agriculture Water Quality Coordinator
(831) 647-4238

Pam coordinates research, education and implementation efforts between the Sanctuary and partner organizations toward the goal of reducing pollution entering the Monterey Bay from agricultural runoff. Our efforts are directed toward helping growers conserve irrigation water used on crops and reduce the amount of agricultural pollutants (e.g. nutrients, pesticides and pathogens) that enter local streams and rivers that eventually empty into the ocean. She coordinates the Agricultural Water Quality Alliance (AWQA), a partnership effort between industry groups, resource conservation agencies, researchers and environmental organizations, with the aim of sustaining the beauty, viability, and productivity of our local farmlands while improving the water quality needed to restore and preserve the integrity of marine and stream ecosystems.

Pam earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and then worked in the chemical and paper industries before becoming an organization effectiveness consultant. She received her Master of Science in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from California State University, Monterey Bay where she worked on several projects related to agricultural sustainability, food safety, greenhouse gas production on lettuce fields, and the use of satellite technology in forecasting evapotranspiration. Her thesis topic related to the removal of soluble pesticides from water through wetland processes.