Monterey Bay Aquarium

Krista Almanzan


Since the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened, it has welcomed school groups for free.  For most students, that meant self-guided tours through the Aquarium. With the opening of its Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education, more kids will get a chance for hands-on learning.  

Bill Hunnewell © The Marine Mammal Center / USFWS permit MA101713-1


Great white shark bites are a leading cause of death in California Sea Otters, according to the Marine Mammal Center. That is how a baby otter named Langly ended up in the center’s care.    

Erika Mahoney

Santa Cruz County was one of the first to ban plastic bags and straws. Up next, big changes for small hotel toiletries.

Erika Mahoney

Cities along the Monterey Bay are full of seafood restaurants. But what ends up on your plate can often come from another part of the country, even another part of the world. The Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust wants to change that by breathing new life into Monterey’s commercial fishing industry.  

Erika Mahoney

New offshore oil and gas wells could be coming to the coast of California.  The Trump Administration has proposed an expansion of drilling operations in nearly all federal waters. 

courtesy of C. King/SIMoN/MBNMS

Update: The public comment will be re-opened on Monday, July 31st.  It will end on Monday, August 14th.

Wednesday is the last day to submit a public comment on a Presidential Executive Order on ocean energy exploration, which includes a review of part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Aquarium Not Biting on Measure P

Oct 20, 2016
Erika Mahoney

Thirteen cities in California raise funds through an admission tax, including San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The city of Pacific Grove wants to add its name to the list through Measure P, but some big players are voicing strong opposition.