Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Celebrating 20 Years of Ocean Protection

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Established September 18, 1992, the nation’s largest marine sanctuary spans more than 6,000 square miles of coastal waters off central California. Within its boundaries, a rich variety of habitats teem with an amazing array of life. Rugged rocky shores, lush kelp forests, a towering offshore seamount, steep underwater canyons and other coastal environments host 34 species of marine mammals, more than 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, over 350 species of fish and an abundance of invertebrates and algae.

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