Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary


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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Address:299 Foam St
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone:831-647-4201
Fax:831-647-4250
Web: montereybay.noaa.gov
Location:The waters of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of central California.
Activities:Kayaking, sailing, fishing, surfing, diving, whale watching, and wildlife observation excursions.
Special Features:Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a migration corridor for 4 species of sea turtles, 26 species of marine mammals, 94 species of seabirds, 345 species of fish, and 450+ species of algae. The underwater canyon in sanctuary waters is 10,663 feet deep (more than 2 miles), deeper than the Grand Canyon. Description:Description: The Sanctuary stretches from Marin to Cambria, encompassing a shoreline length of 276 miles and 5,322 square miles of ocean. The shoreline boundary is mean high tide and the seaward boundary is 35 miles offshore. Common Species: Sea otter, seal, sea lion, gray whale, humpback whale, blue whale, king salmon, brown pelican, market squid, and rockfish. Environmental Issues: Effects of the disposal of dredge material, pollution, fishing and vessel traffic on water quality and living resources. Habitats: Kelp forests, coastal lagoons, open ocean, wetlands, sandy beaches, and rocky shores. Access: A 350-mile stretch of Highway 1 travels along the landward edge of the sanctuary and provides visitors with numerous access points. There are 25 public beaches and parks, 16 campgrounds, 17 wildlife areas, and more than 12 museums, aquariums, and research stations which make the sanctuary easily accessible.
Year Designated: 1992.

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CONTACT: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, (831)647-4201, http://bonita.mbnms.nos.noaa.gov.
This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering proposals to restrict personal watercraft such as jet skis to small sections of the 276-mile-long Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
In Santa Cruz, California, for example, Save Our Shores, originally founded to protest offshore oil drilling, has evolved into a citizen-watchdog and resource group for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Concern over coastal sprawl is leading to the creation of countless new groups like Seeking A New Direction (SAND), a recent merger of Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood groups opposed to the proliferation of malls, gravel pits, condo towers and casinos along their once-scenic shoreline.
Deeper than the Grand Canyon, a 15,000-square-kilometer section of California coastal waters last year became America's eleventh marine reserve: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Less than 1 kilometer from shore, the bay's deep canyon cuts across the narrow Pacific continental shelf and the ocean floor rapidly falls away.
This showplace for creatures of the 5,300-acre Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary celebrates its 20th anniversary next month.
As the blue waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary served as his backdrop in June, President Clinton declared a permanent ban on oil rigs in the nation's 12 marine sanctuaries and an extended ban, until 2012, on new offshore oil drilling elsewhere.

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