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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is our nation’s largest national marine sanctuary, stretching from Marin County, north of San Francisco to San Luis Obispo County, encompassing 275 miles of coastline. The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation (MBSF) serves an important niche in the regional non-profit community. By partnering with the National Marine Sanctuary Program and other ocean and coastal management agencies, MBSF is able to help facilitate their important work. As a fiscal sponsor, the foundation is able to solicit funds from many sources and implement projects to aid in the understanding and protection of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and other coastal and ocean programs in California.

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Channel Islands Sanctuary Foundation

The Channel Islands are an area of exceptional natural beauty and resources off the coast of southern California, encompassing nearly 1,500 square miles of water surrounding the islands of Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara.The Channel Islands Sanctuary Foundation focuses its efforts on education, research and resource protection initiatives for conserving and protecting the extraordinary environment and resources of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The foundation’s role is twofold: provide a fiscal sponsorship and management vehicle to augment the Federal activities, and to generate funds for Foundation initiated projects. Supported projects are designed to facilitate collaboration with other organizations doing work related to coastal and ocean science, education and conservation.

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photo Robert Schwemmer

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit

Each year Pacific leatherback sea turtles migrate 6,000 miles across the Pacific from major nesting area in Papua-Barat, Indonesia to foraging areas off California’s coast. In the last 25 years, the leatherback population has declined by approximately 90 percent and they were listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered SpeciesAct. To manage the population effectively, collaboration between Indonesia and California to conserve the species at both their nesting beaches and their foraging areas is key. Marine organizations are hosting a Leatherback Summit in Monterey, California during the week of October 14-17 to form bi-national coordination to more effectively conserve the species. Please consider a donation to contribute to this endangered species and towards the success of the Leatherback Summit.

Donate to the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Summit

Pacific Grove Hyperbaric Chamber Fund

Monterey Bay has become a premier diving destination, offering some of the most beautiful and pristine diving areas in the country. The City of Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula, has provided medical treatment to injured divers with its hyperbaric chamber since 1966. While the City of Pacific Grove provides for many of the chamber’s operation needs, the facility needs additional fiscal support to reopen and continue to offer these important medical treatments. Please consider a donation to help this much needed, important resource for the local dive community.

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Reprinted with permission by Monterey County Weekly, 2013. Photo by Nic Coury. All rights reserved.

Peter Douglas Coastal Fellowship Fund

Peter Douglas has been the California Coastal Commission’s longest-serving Executive Director and has spent 41 years in service to the California Coast. He leaves a great legacy to the current and future generations of Californians who can enjoy and appreciate the coast while remembering that "the coast is never saved; it's always being saved."

As a tribute to Peter’s service to the California Coastal Commission, state of California, and his commitment to environmental stewardship, a fellowship fund is being set up in his honor. Funds will be used to place a diverse group of talented individuals in mentored fellowships at the California Coastal Commission.   

Learn more about Mr. Douglas and donate to this fund

OCTOS (Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science)

OCTOS is a state-of-the-art science education facility that brings together the innovative resources and educational programs of two renowned institutions: the Marine Science Institute (MSI) at UC Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS). Visitors to OCTOS will be welcomed into diverse undersea learning experiences, utilizing the latest technological tools.

To learn more about and donate to this initiative, please visit: http://octos.ucsb.edu/

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