MBNMS Hosts National Association of Black SCUBA Divers Youth Education Summit
From June 22 to June 28, twenty-five youth (ages 13-17) will attend a week-long education summit focused on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and marine conservation issues.
The National Association of Black SCUBA divers youth education summit exposes young SCUBA divers to the diverse ecosystems and relevant science of one sanctuary each year. These students will travel from across the country to be immersed in the marine sanctuary and take the lessons they have learned back to their own diving communities.
The theme for the summit is Making our Oceans Non-polluted Internationally, Today and Tomorrow; an Ongoing Responsibility (MONITOR). Students will focus on environmental monitoring activities and participate in various “citizen science” programs throughout the week, including: tide pool, sandy beach, water quality, and plankton monitoring, a visit to the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz, kayaking, whale watching, hiking, geocaching and much more.
“We are so excited to partner with Camp Sea Lab to introduce these young divers to the wonders of the sanctuary”, said Paul Michel, sanctuary superintendent. “I know they’ll go home with lots of tales to tell about this spectacular ocean realm that draws several million people to the central coast each year from all points of the globe.”