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Zac Montgomery

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Vessel Crew, Cardinal Point Captains

Zac was born in Santa Barbara and raised on the central coast. He was introduced to boating at a very young age, and has spent much of his life exploring the waters and islands off the California Coast. He started working around the Channel Islands at the age of 15 as a deckhand, naturalist, and eventually a captain on one of the Island Packers vessels. After college he moved to Hawaii where he spent roughly six years working as a captain for various dive, snorkel and whale watching boats. Working with NOAA has always been a dream for Zac, and he was excited to take the opportunity offered to join the sanctuary team through a contract with Cardinal Point Captains. In his spare time Zac is usually with his wife and daughter either traveling or doing something outside.

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