Team OCEAN (Ocean Conservation Education Action Network) uses trained, knowledgeable naturalists who volunteer their time to talk with the public about the sanctuary and how to protect sensitive wildlife. Volunteers interact with over 5,000 people per year and their presence helps keep boaters from harming sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, birds, and other wildlife. Team OCEAN volunteers can be found in Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing and along the kelp beds off Cannery Row in Monterey
Monterey Bay is home to 10 species of endangered whales. The sanctuary provides critical support to permitted responders on their mission to disentangle whales that become caught in fishing gear. Investments enable the response network to purchase equipment and fuel to spend more time on the water to locate, track and attend to entangled whales. Whale disentanglement prevents unnecessary deaths of these iconic species. With the appropriate equipment which includes the most up-to-date technology, and the use of support vessels, whale rescue volunteers will have the best tools to help track down and free an entangled whale.