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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Get Involved With The Advisory Council

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (advisory council) is a community-based group that assures public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. The advisory council, established in 1994, is comprised of volunteers and members of other federal, state and local government entities. The advisory council advises management on any number of topics related to the Sanctuary and meets six times a year in various cities throughout the boundaries of the Sanctuary.

Volunteers for the advisory council are chosen through a recruitment process. Recruitments for the following seats are conducted every three years (or when a seat is vacated prior to completing a full three year term):

  • Agriculture
  • At-large (3 seats)
  • Business and Industry
  • Commercial Fishing
  • Conservation
  • Diving
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Recreational Fishing
  • Research
  • Tourism
  • College (Non-Voting Members)

All advisory council meetings are open to the public. If a seat on the advisory council does not appeal to you then you are welcome to provide your input by attending one of the meetings.

To follow what the advisory council is doing, join the Sanctuary Advisory Council Interests email list.

For more information about the advisory council, visit this page. You may also be interested in participating on one of the four working groups of the advisory council: Conservation Working Group (CWG), Research Activity Panel (RAP), and Sanctuary Tourism and Recreation (STAR) Working Group.