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Marine Life Studies


Marine Life Studies is committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife through research, education, conservation, and whale rescue. Our mission is to acquire and share knowledge and inspire the next generation of whale, dolphin and ocean conservationists.

The Big Idea

Marine Life Studies is committed to protecting the ocean through research, education, conservation and whale rescue. Their new project, the Whale Entanglement Team (WET), saves entangled whales, turtles, sharks, fish, and other marine wildlife by removing derelict fishing gear from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Unfortunately, in addition, there are crab and spot prawn pots on the seafloor that don’t have buoy markers at the surface. The majority of gear does not decompose in seawater, wreaking havoc in the marine environment. By removing the pots and lines off the seafloor and water column, WET reduces the chance of animals becoming entangled.

Marine Life Studies has been doing whale rescue for over 10 years. Their new project for entanglement prevention removes derelict fishing lines and crab pot gear off the seafloor. Given their success with establishing the Whale Entanglement Team, I think this is an excellent project and I highly support it.

- Bob Talbot, filmmaker and emeritus board director of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

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