The Marine Mammal Center's Monterey Bay Operations rescues animals from both Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. From a modest beginning, our facility at Monterey Bay has grown to approximately 100 volunteers and several staff members.
Although volunteers in Santa Cruz had been operating out of private homes since 1980, it was not until 1993 that Monterey Bay Operations was officially designated a field office triage facility. At this time, The Center received permission to locate a trailer and few pens on an unused piece of then-PG&E property along Moss Landing Harbor.
Plans for a new facility began in 1999 when Duke Energy purchased the Moss Landing Power Plant from PG&E and began planning to reuse the land upon which Monterey Bay Operations sat. Understanding the importance of the Center's activities, however, Duke offered to help move the Monterey Bay Operations site to a quiet piece of land on a remote part of their property. Monterey Bay Operations volunteers now operate out of this location.
Monterey Bay Operations
The Marine Mammal Center
P.O. Box 778
Moss Landing, CA 95039
24-Hour Rescue Hotline: 831.633.6298
Volunteers are always needed for animal assessment, rescue, triage, transport and equipment/site/vehicle maintenance. Additionally, volunteers assist with public outreach and education programs. Training is provided. Prospective volunteers should be aware that rescues for Monterey Bay Operations are seasonal, and there may be periods of inactivity.
Learn more about volunteering at our Monterey Bay Operations office.
Thank you to the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, for supporting our rescue, education and outreach work in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.