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Help Give Sea Otters and Seals A Break! Support Team Ocean and Bay Net

Seal hauled out on rocks.

Monterey Bay is a nature lover’s paradise where wildlife is plentiful and easily seen. However, many visitors here are unaware that close encounters with sensitive wildlife, such as seals and sea otters cause big problems for the animals. Continual disturbance disrupts critical daily activities such as resting, eating, caring for young or grooming and can severely impact their overall health. That’s where our knowledgeable and passionate Team OCEAN and Bay Net Shoreline volunteers play a key role -- in fostering understanding and appreciation of the marine sanctuary, promoting respectful wildlife viewing and protecting marine mammals from human disturbance.

Team OCEAN kayak volunteers interact with thousands of paddlers each year in Elkhorn Slough and along Cannery Row in Monterey, totaling more than 75,000 contacts since the program started in 2000. They have successfully prevented more than 1,540 disturbances to wildlife and are on the water in Elkhorn Slough and along Cannery Row in Monterey from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Friday through Sunday.

Since 1995 Bay Net volunteers have provided year-round shoreline interpretation for visitors, introducing them to local wildlife that can be easily seen from shore. Bay Net volunteers also educate the public to keep their distance from harbor seal mothers and pups at local pupping beaches. In 2013 alone Bay Net volunteers spoke with more than 36,000 people in Pacific Grove, Monterey and Santa Cruz, with the majority of contacts at harbor seal pupping areas.

Sea Otter grooming

What Does My Gift Do? Please consider making a donation towards these valuable volunteer programs! It costs $33,432 annually to run these programs that are so important for protecting wildlife in the marine sanctuary. Your gift will provide critical support for recruiting, training and retaining volunteers as well as the equipment they need to teach visitors about sanctuary stewardship, and help save wildlife from being “loved to death.” For more information visit http://montereybay.noaa.gov/getinvolved/
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Donations can be made online using a credit card or a PayPal account. PayPal will securely handle the credit card transaction and you do not need a PayPal account to make a credit card donation. At the end transaction you will be presented with an option to print out a receipt. All levels of tax-deductible donations will go towards sea otter and harbor seal protection.

 

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If you prefer, you may give by mail or phone:

California Marine Sanctuary Foundation
99 Pacific Street, Building 455 E
Monterey, CA 93940-2493

Telephone: 831.647.4209

If you have any questions, please email CMSF@CaliforniaMSF.org.

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
 
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
 
California MPA Network
 
Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund
 
Team Ocean and Bay Net Naturalist Programs
 
Peter Douglas Coastal Fellowship Fund
 
Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation
 
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