volunteers on the beach There are many ways to get involved with the National Marine Sanctuaries - volunteer opportunities, advisory council involvement, participate in management plan review, NOAA jobs and being a steward for the oceans are all great ways. Starting with 10 things you can do, explore these and more below!
How You Can Take Action

On March 27, 2014 NOAA published an amended proposed rule for regulations regarding the introduction of introduced species into Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries. This amendment would revise the proposed rule issued on March 18, 2013. NOAA has re-opened the comment period, and is soliciting public comment on this amendment. Comments will be considered if received on or before May 5, 2014. Click here for more information.

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment of Potential White Shark Research and Education Projects in the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries

NOAA has developed a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) to analyze the potential impacts of anticipated research and education projects in the next five years and that may have the potential to affect White Sharks within Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the northern portion of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The draft PEA is available for download. Comments may be made on or before April 23, 2014. Click here for the full Federal Register notice and for instructions on how to submit comments.


Volunteers help to ensure marine sanctuaries remain America's underwater treasures for future generations. Through their efforts, volunteers contribute over 100,000 hours of annual service to the sanctuaries in areas of research, monitoring, enforcement, education and outreach, and management advisory. Click here to find out how you can volunteer.

Advisory Councils
A Sanctuary Advisory Council is a community-based advisory group consisting of representatives from various user groups, government agencies and the public at large.


Another way you can assist sanctuaries is to learn more about the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.


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