Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Gala

Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and attendees for making the Gala a night to remember!

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What is the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary?

mbnms-tnClick to EnlargeThe Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is the largest of a system of 13 National Marine Sanctuaries administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It stretches from Rocky Point in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to the town of Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, and encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 6,094 square miles of ocean surrounding Monterey Bay.

Its seaward Boundary is an average of 30 miles offshore. The deepest point is 10,663 feet in the Monterey Submarine Canyon, which is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The average ocean surface temperature is 55°F.

The sanctuary provides habitat for 34 species of marine mammals, 94 species of seabirds, 345 species of fish, 4 of turtles, 31 phyla of invertebrates, and more than 450 species of marine algae. Historical sites include 1,276 reported shipwrecks and 718 prehistoric sites. The MBNMS has major programs for research and monitoring, and another for education and outreach.

Help the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary and the Santa Cruz Rotary Clubs raise $100,000 to outfit the new Sanctuary Center Classroom with state-of-the-art teaching tools and audio & visuals equipment all design to teach stewardship of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) by connecting people with and educating them about the water, geology, ecosystem, and the extraordinary diversity of its waters.

New Sanctuary Exploration Center

interactive-exhibitDynamic, interactive multi-media exhibits designed for both children and adults

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) is collaborating with the City of Santa Cruz and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in a public-private partnership to design and build the MBNMS Exploration Center. The City has provided the ¾ acre lot at the Fun Spot, ONMS has provided the funding to construct the building and the Foundation is conducting a $3 million Capital Campaign to pay for the exhibits.

The Exploration Center will encourage visitors to examine this remarkably productive marine environment, the issues impacting the sanctuary and their personal roles in protecting one of our nation's treasures. Just steps from the ocean in Santa Cruz's famed beach area, this facility will provide state-of-the-art, interactive, interpretive exhibits to an anticipated 200,000 visitors annually and will highlight environmentally sustainable green design and construction methods.

theatreA theater with wide-screen, real-time, underwater videogeologyHands-on geology lab featuring samples from the sanctuaryresourcesExamples of how to appreciate & preserve the sanctuary resources