NMFS administers the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) programs which support the
domestic and international conservation and management
of living marine resources. The NMFS, along with
the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Marine Mammal
Commission, conservation groups, commercial fishers,
researchers, animal protection groups, and the Alaska
Native community, is responsible for implementing
the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
As part of the Department of the Interior, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service's mission is to conserve,
protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats
for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Their major responsibilities include: migratory birds,
endangered species, fresh and anadromous fish, the
National Wildlife Refuge System, wetlands, conserving
habitat, and environmental contaminants.
The mission of the Department of Fish and Game is
to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and
plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend,
for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment
by the public.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act, authorized in 1972,
aims to conserve and protect marine mammals through
the establishment of the Marine Mammal Commission,
the prohibition of certain tuna harvesting practices,
and the development of a marine mammal stranding network.
The Act was reauthorized by the Marine
Mammal Protection Act Amendments of 1994.
The National Weather Service collects maritime weather
data from its buoys positioned along the U.S. coast
and publishes the data from this site. This page, covering
the southwest coast, presents measurements taken every
Hopkins Marine Station is a marine biology research
facility that operates as a branch of Stanford University's
Department of Biological Sciences. Founded in 1892,
the station was the first marine laboratory to be
established on the American Pacific coast.
The Long Marine Lab, located in Santa Cruz, California,
is a center for research in marine mammal physiology,
marine mammal bioenergetics and cognition, marine invertebrate
ecology, and marine toxicology.
A unique private oceanographic center, the non-profit
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), was
established in 1987 by David Packard (1912-1996) with
the goal of developing state-of-the-art equipment,
instrumentation, systems, and methods of scientific
research in the deep waters of the ocean.
The Channel Islands National Park consists of 249,353
acres, half of which are under the ocean, and include
the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz,
Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Over 2,000 terrestrial
plants and animals can be found within the park. One
hundred and forty-five of these are unique to the islands
and found nowhere else in the world.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is our
nations's eleventh Marine Sanctuary and the largest.
Its protected resources include our nation's most expansive
kelp forests, one of North America's largest underwater
canyons and the closest-to-shore deep ocean environment
in the continental United States.
Just north of San Francisco, this National Marine
Sanctuary is 1,235 square miles of nearshore and offshore
waters ranging from wetlands and intertidal to pelagic
and deep-sea communities. Multiple uses abound, from
fishing and sailing to surfing and whale watching.
In fact, some of the busiest shipping lanes in the
world pass through the Sanctuary into the San Francisco
In 1980, a 1,252-square-nautical-mile portion of the
Santa Barbara Channel was given a special protected
status with the designation of the Channel Islands
National Marine Sanctuary. It encompasses the waters
that surround Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San
Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands, extending from mean
high tide to six nautical miles offshore around each
of the five islands. The sanctuary's primary goal is
the protection of the natural and cultural resources
contained within its boundaries.
The mission of Marine Animal Rescue is to replace an inadequate system of marine animal rescue with an effective, efficient and compassionate system providing every animal the best possible chance for survival.
The Seal Conservation Society works to protect seals,
sea lions, and walruses worldwide by promoting the
conservation, welfare, and study of the 33 living
pinniped species. Besides information on the Society,
this site includes pinniped-related news, a list
of rehab centers worldwide, links to other web pages
on pinnipeds, and a library.
The Society for Marine Mammalogy strives to evaluate
and promote the educational, scientific and managerial
advancement of marine mammal science. It gathers and
disseminates to members of the Society, the public
and public and private institutions, scientific, technical
and management information related to marine mammals.
The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is the oldest
whale conservation group in the world. Founded in 1967,
it is a non-profit, volunteer membership organization
with regional U.S. chapters and members in 41 countries.
ACS seeks to educate through its publications and the
development of teaching aids. ACS reports on cetacean
research in its journal, Whalewatcher.
Promoting stewardship and understanding of the rich
marine life and unique marine environment of the Central
Coast. Located in Piedras Blancas, near San Simeon,
Friends of the Elephant Seal is a non-profit organization
dedicated to educating people about elephant seals
and other marine life on the Central Coast.
Earth Island Institute's (EII) International Marine
Mammal Project (IMMP) works to make oceans safe for
marine mammals worldwide. The Project strives to eliminate
dolphin mortality caused by the international tuna
fishing industry, to end the use of driftnets, and
to stop tuna purse-seine fishers from encircling dolphins
in their nets.
The purpose of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to stimulate
interest, increase knowledge and promote stewardship
of Monterey Bay and the world's ocean environment through
innovative exhibits, public education and scientific
Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside
artist haven. Though world famous, Laguna Beach still
possesses a unique small-town charm rarely found
anywhere else. Quaint cottages framed by subtropical
gardens line bluffs above sandy coves along a seven
mile picture-postcard coastline. Inland, luxuriant
foliage and seaview homes cover canyons and ridges
that tower more than 1,000 feet above the ocean.
Today, visitors from around the world come to Laguna
Beach to enjoy the Pageant of the Masters/Festival
of Arts, the Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair and the
Laguna Beach Film Festival as well as its fine shops,
art galleries, restaurants, and hotels, many with
breathtaking sunset views. David J. Castello
California Sea Lions- An
Unforgettable Encounter will take you on
an incredible journey into the mysterious
world of one of the seas most dazzling
creatures. Narrated by "Lord of the Rings" star
Sean Astin, you'll discover the beauty
and grace of these aquatic acrobats as
they thrive in the cool Pacific waters
off the California coast. This breathtaking
encounter will inspire affection and wonderment
for one of the most astonishing creatures
to ever evolve. Scenes were filmed at PMMC
showing the rescue, rehabilitation and
release of these unforgettable animals
back to the wild by our staff and volunteers.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research