Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

Local nameMonterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
LocationSanta Cruz County, California, United States

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a US Federally protected marine area offshore of California's Big Sur and central coast. It is the largest US national marine sanctuary and has a shoreline length of 276 miles stretching from just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco to Cambria in San Luis Obispo County. Supporting one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, it is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fishes, invertebrates and plants in a remarkably productive coastal environment. The MBNMS was established in 1992 for the purpose of resource protection, research, education, and public use.

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Official website

Phone +1 831 421 9993

Address 9-19 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA

Coordinates 36°57'47.574" N -122°1'28.814" E

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