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The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation supports the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries and California’s statewide network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and works to advance the understanding and protection of many other important coastal and ocean resources in California. The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF) was established in 1995. Since inception the Sanctuary Foundation has supported many dozens of projects in education, research, and resource protection for conserving and protecting California’s extraordinary marine environment and resources. The sanctuary foundation is a shining example of the merit of collaboration between public agencies and private organizations.


Tthe California Marine Sanctuary Foundation is a public benefit 501(C)(3) non-profit organization (IRS federal identification number 94-3225675).


What's New!

Pacific Grove Hyperberic Chamber Fund
Thanks to the help of a number of local research and education institutions along with others in the dive community, the Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber has reopened. Please consider a donation to support the ongoing operating expenses and help ensure the Monterey Bay area continues to remain a world-class diving destination with important medical services.

Statewide MPA Initiative
As of 2014, contributing organizations have created and installed approximately 184 regulatory signs and 45 marine protected areas interpretive panels spanning the California coast. Building upon this momentum, CMSF is working with State agencies, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Ocean Protection Council, to fill statewide MPA signage needs.
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