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Monterey Bay: People and the Sanctuary

There are four major harbors along the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. They are; Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz Harbor, Moss Landing harbor, and Monterey Harbor. (photo: Kip Evans)

The Monterey Bay Region boasts one of the largest concentrations of marine science institutions in the world. Presently there are over 25 different organizations dedicated to marine research. (photo: Kip Evans)

Along with the numerous research institutions within the Monterey Bay region, there are also several outstanding educational organizations that teach kids about marine science. (photo: Kip Evans)

Thousands of divers take advantage of the beautiful kelp forests of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. (photo: Kip Evans)

There are many world renowned surfing areas in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, including Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay, and Santa Cruz.(photo: Kip Evans)

You need a good steady sea breeze to windsurf. There are several windy areas in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, including this popular windsurfing spot near Pt. Piedras Blancas. (photo: Kip Evans)

There are many commercial fishing operations that take place in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Squid, shrimp, sardines, salmon, and other fish are just a few examples of the types of active fisheries. (photo: Kip Evans)

Thousands of vessels steam through the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary each year. They bring shipments of crude oil, and other products to the ports of San Francisco and Los Angeles. (photo: Kip Evans)

There are many volunteer organizations and events along the shores of the sanctuary. The Great American Fish Count which takes place during the first two weeks of July, allows recreational divers to help collect research data on near-shore fish species. (photo: Kip Evans)

Many of the activities that take place on land can also effect the marine life in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Agriculture, which is an important multibillion dollar industry can also deliver pesticides and sediment loads during periods of increased rainfall.

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