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Monterey Bay Aquarium: Study finds white sharks flee orcas

Jul 10, 2019.
Orcas kill great white sharks, then eat their calorie-dense livers. Michael Weberberger/Getty Images

  Monterey Bay Aquarium recently published in Nature Scientific Reports the notion that great white sharks are not the ocean’s most formidable predators.   The great white hunter becomes the hunted when the orcas are in town;  And the elephant seals get some sanctuary. To find out how, click here  

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Get Into Your Sanctuary

Jul 8, 2019.

This year, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its fifth national Get into Your Sanctuary celebration to raise awareness about the value of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as an iconic destination for responsible recreation through a series of special activities. On August 2-4 the Sanctuary Exploration Center will host “Fishy First Friday.”…

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Cruise Ship Informational Session

Jun 15, 2019.
Photo by Sheldon Chang

Cruise-Ship-Informational-Session On Monday, June 17, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Monterey Conference Center,  Serra Ballroom 2, One Portola Plaza, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the City of Monterey are inviting the public to an informational session on the status of cruise ships in the Sanctuary. A panel of representatives from multiple agencies with…

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The Chronicle: Campaign Aims to Reduce Ship Strikes on Whales

May 19, 2019.
Photo by Gabrielle Lurie: The Chronicle

  On May 17, 2019, The Chronicle recently reported that a campaign to slow ships steaming toward San Francisco and other California ports so they are less likely to injure or kill whales is beginning to pay off, with 22 local and international shipping companies agreeing to reduce speeds voluntarily, federal officials said Thursday.  To…

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West Cliff, Santa Cruz TGIF Benefit Party: May 24th

May 17, 2019.

*Reserve your spot and buy early bird tickets here* Help support your Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary this Friday evening, May 24th, 2019 at the lovely home of Sam Forbes-Roberts and Gretchen Bach on West Cliff Drive to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend!    Don’t miss this fantastic party.  All proceeds benefit Monterey Bay National…

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KAZU: How Kayaks, Drones and Selfies Can Harm Seals During Pupping Season

Apr 17, 2019.
KAZU: Erika Mahoney

On April 10, 2019,  KAZU, published a story describing how Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Bay Net volunteers can help prevent wildlife disturbances.  Kayaks, drones and people trying to take selfies with seals can frighten the seal moms, causing them to abandon the newborn seal pups.  Read the full story here: https://www.kazu.org/post/how-kayaks-drones-and-selfies-can-harm-seals-during-pupping-season#stream/0

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KAZU: Crab Season Cut Short to Protect Whales

Apr 9, 2019.

On April 8, 2019,  KAZU, published a story announcing the shortening of commercial crab season statewide.  The goal is to prevent whales and sea turtles from entanglement in the crab fishing gear.  The early closure is part of a legal settlement between the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and…

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation expands public outreach, whale rescue programs

Mar 22, 2019.
Photo: Amity Wood/NOAA

On February 20, 2019, Santa Cruz Sentinel featured the work of the newly formed Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “SANTA CRUZ – Two months after Ginaia Kelly was hired as the executive director of the new Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the partial shutdown of the federal government closed the sanctuary offices and…

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California could be held liable for whale entanglements

Feb 26, 2019.

Mercury News  February 24, 2019 https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/24/california-could-be-held-liable-for-whale-entanglements/

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Volunteer for Team OCEAN/Bay Net programs

Feb 26, 2019.

          Call for Sanctuary Volunteers Informational Meeting: February 26th OR February 27th, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offices 99 Pacific Street, Bldg 455, Monterey Come to an informational meeting to learn about volunteering in, on or around the ocean sanctuary as part of Team OCEAN or Bay…

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