on the Sanctuary's Third Anniversary
The Sanctuary has been in existence since
September 1992. One of the topics at a recent MBNMS
staff meeting was the positive effect the Sanctuary
has had on our area over the past three
TJ: "One of the most positive things that it has
done is provide a common goal and focus for a lot
of different agencies to start working
together...the Water Quality Protection Program is
a perfect example of that."
PC: "Yes, I don't think that happened before.
This is brand new for everyone. People are
communicating on projects that they never knew even
LL: "Another good example are the working
groups...they keep us moving in the right
direction. So much collaboration has come out of
TJ: "...I think people now have a better idea of
the sorts of issues we deal with. On some of the
big issues [ATOC, shark chumming], we have
provided a forum for people...
HP: "[The Sanctuary] has made people
more aware of conservation issues...people think
more about their impacts on the Sanctuary.
Also...getting people to focus on watersheds...I
hear people saying 'the Sanctuary's watersheds' a
lot now which I didn't hear a few years ago.
Recognition that pollution comes down from all
these sources is a relatively new thing for some of
PC: "On an environmental protection basis, we've
really turned a lot of people on to considering the
Sanctuary...for instance, Ft. Ord wasn't planning
on looking at their effect on the ocean before they
closed, but they are changing their mind...and the
city of San Francisco is reconsidering options for
their sewage based on comments that we made."
SK: The programs, especially the Water Quality
Protection Program, is about ecosystem management.
I think now that we encompass not just the marine
ecosystem but the nearshore, it is more complete
and comprehensive. Not that we are managing the
inshore areas, but we're taking into account how we
affect the marine environment. It is absolutely
critical. The Water Quality Program rounds out this
concept that resource managers are moving towards
ecosystem management, based on how nature divides
up systems, not the way we divide them up. It's a
mark of how resource management is moving in the
TJ: "There are a lot of responsible stewardship
programs that are getting underway like 'BayNet'
[CMC] and Save Our Shores' Sanctuary
KE: "I'm new to the Monterey area, but one thing
I've noticed is that the business community seems
to be a lot more aware of the Sanctuary and maybe
how they can utilize the Sanctuary as an economic
MP: "Yes, if you look at the papers, brochures
and guides you always see 'Monterey Bay National
Marine Sanctuary: Go see a whale watching cruise in
the Sanctuary'...Go stay in such-and-such hotel
that overlooks the Sanctuary."
TJ: We're also getting into the whole electronic
information distributing-gathering mode. We'll be
on the Internet and have a homepage and all the
different menus. That's something the community
wants. They want someone to pull this information
together and then be the hub of the wheel so the
information can go out to whoever needs it."
PC: "We've gone from a one-person office to a
group of very dedicated staff, volunteers, and
part-time people. People are really coming out of
the woodwork to do things for the Sanctuary."
MP: "...I think the final goal of what we do
here is to make everyone aware of what is going on
out there [in the Sanctuary]..to have them
try to think about what they do. And if we can do
that, we'll be successful."