Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), "designated in 1992, is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the MBNMS encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 5,322 square miles of ocean, extending an average distance of 30 miles from shore. At its deepest point, the MBNMS reaches down 10,663 feet (more than two miles). It is our nation's eleventh Marine Sanctuary and its largest- larger then Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks." [1]

MBNMS Sanctuary Advisory Council Members



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  1. Overview of the MBNMS: A Message from the Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, accessed September 18, 2007.