In Google Earth, turn on the Ocean Layer and navigate "fly to" Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary to see a few stories about the sanctuary (with Google Earth version 5.0 or higher.) Download a Google Earth movie. Go to the Sanctuaries Geographic Information System Data page and find the sanctuary boundary as an ESRI-format shape file or Google Earth .kml file.Produced prior to the sanctuary expansion in 2015.Cordell Bank is one of 14 marine protected areas in the National Marine Sanctuary System in the United States and one of 5 national marine sanctuaries on the Nation's west coast.Download the poster (5.2M PDF)Produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015.Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of 3 contiguous central California national marine sanctuaries.Download a large size jpeg image file of the full map.(4M JPG)Both versions produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015.The sanctuary is near the San Francisco Bay area of California.Download a large size jpeg image file of the map(909KB jpg).The area within Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary's boundaries is about 1,286 miles.The Bank itself is about 20 nautical miles west of the the Point Reyes lighthouse (about 23 miles).Produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015.The heart of the sanctuary is an offshore rocky bank about 4.5 miles wide by 9.5 miles long.Below is a zoomed in image of Cordell Bank showing shallowest areas of the Bank. The lighter colors represent hard rocky areas, the dark areas are flat, soft sandy sediments. This shows the complexity of seafloor habitat types of the Bank.Visit this link to download the Cordell Bank bathymetry shown here as well as other benthic mapping products.
Divers can browse a library of resources on animals and habitats in the sanctuary, as well as pinpoint locations of interest such as the Christ of the Deep statue and the shipwreck trail. They can even tag favored destinations for their activities like diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing or boating. The new app describes the more than 50 marine zones in the sanctuary with easy-to-read guidelines about activities permitted in each area. The Plan Your Visit section provides a list of dive operators, as well as points of interest on land like the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park visitor center. GPS-enabled technology alerts users when they approach no-wake and other managed zones inside the sanctuary and delivers real-time information about rules and regulations. Interpretive stories build a learning connection to protecting the sanctuary's valuable resources. Those headed out to dive from their own boat can pull up GPS coordinates for preferred locations and learn what activities are permitted at each. Marine Sanctuary Explorer was developed in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The app is free to download for iOS (Apple) and Android devices. Marine Sanctuary Explorer app information: marinesanctuary.org/explorer/
Come by our offices in Newport News, Va., to Get Into Your Sanctuary! Come learn more about the USS Monitor, your nation's maritime heritage, and discover what else the sanctuary is doing. Open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come out and be sure to register to win a Family Fun Pack, courtesy of The Mariners' Museum. Fun Pack includes museum admission, 3-D movie passes, and a paddle boat rental!
NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for two primary seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following primary seats: education and recreational/commercial fishing. For more information and to download an application click here.
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the sanctuary advisory council on December 3 at the sanctuary's office in Newport News, Virginia from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Public comments will be accepted between Noon and 12:30 pm. For more information on the role of the council and to download the agenda click here.
NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for three primary seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following primary seats: education, recreational/commercial fishing and youth. For more information and to download an application click here.
Summer 2016 - In this edition of Monitor E-Notes: Sanctuary News and Events, read how avocational divers helped in the mapping of F.W. Abrams and see which dive shops are now ANCHOR certified. In addition, read about the conservation efforts made this summer to further preserve the Monitor's turret. Learn more about Mallows Bay and the sanctuary nomination process, checkout our upcoming outreach events, download a copy of the new Earth is Blue magazine and meet one of our staff, Will Sassorossi, a Maritime Archaeologist. This edition also features our North Carolina Shipwreck Photo Contest, so be sure to learn how to submit your photos. 2b1af7f3a8