On June 7th 2014, a small fleet of specially-designed row boats from around the world set out on an epic journey, using sheer will, muscle, and determination to row from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Great Pacific Race is the “biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet”. The shortest route between Monterey and Honolulu is about 2,400 miles but winds, waves, current and less than perfect steering mean that each boat will actually cover closer to 3,000 miles. This epic journey is expected to take between 45 and 90 days depending on the number of people in the crew, the quality of their preparation and sea conditions. During the race the crews are not allowed to accept assistance and so must carry everything they might need. (7/21/14)
West Coast national marine sanctuaries kick off the interactive Get Into Your Sanctuary campaign this week. The goals of the campaign are to increase awareness of sustainable tourism and recreation opportunities within West Coast national marine sanctuaries and secondarily for visitors to share their experiences through social media. The campaign also provides an opportunity to build partnerships between tourism purveyors, travelers, community members, and national marine sanctuary staff. Running through July the campaign culminates with a Get Into Your Sanctuary Day on August 2nd. On this day representatives at each site will participate in recreation and tourism activities sharing their unique experiences and photos along the way. National marine sanctuaries also encourage travelers and community members to explore sanctuaries on this day by adding the hashtag #visitsanctuaries. Anybody can share their experience and participate in the campaign. (7/15/14)
Request for Public Comment for Draft EA of Potential Slant Test Well Project in MBNMS (COMMENTs DUE BY 7/26/14)
MBNMS has developed a draft environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts of a slant test well project proposed by California American Water, a privately-owned water and wastewater company, which may have the potential to affect environmental resources within MBNMS and adjacent shoreline areas. The proposed project described in the EA has been evaluated for consistency with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, sanctuary goals and objectives, and ONMS and MBNMS permitting regulations. For more information, please contact Bridget Hoover by email. (6/26/14)
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. (6/23/14)
NOAA Releases Proposed Ammendment to Introduced Species Regulation in GFNMS and MBNMS
The ammendment is specific to non-invasive introduced species pertaining to shellfish aquaculture in California State waters within the two sanctuary boundaries. For more information, please contact Dave Lott by email. (4/14/14)
From The Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series, ONMS-14-07: "The Containerized Shipping Industry and the Phenomenon of Containers Lost at Sea"
Written by MBNMS's own Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere and Oren Frey, this report describes the discovery of the container in the deepwater habitat of the MBNMS, and discuss the causes of container loss and the trend in recent years toward heightened loss rates. For more information, contact Dr. DeVogelaere at (831) 647-4213, or by email.
Public Input Needed for Coastal Erosion Plan from Moss Landing to Pillar Point
MBNMS and the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) invite the public to provide input on a Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan being developed for the Santa Cruz Littoral Cell, which encompasses the 75 miles of coastline between Moss Landing and Pillar Point. The workshop is being hosted by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The two dates for the workshops are 3/27/14 from 6PM-8PM, and 5/20/14 also from 6PM-8PM. Please RSVP (and for more information) with Brad Damitz at (415) 259-5766, or by email. (3/24/14)
MBNMS staff and partners conducted a ten-day research mission in 2011 to survey deepwater habitats, including at Point Sur, and to remove lost fishing gear, such as traps and nets, from the seafloor using an ROV. Recovered gear was either lightly or heavily encrusted, yet did not appear to be actively fishing. (12/16/13)
From December 11-16, 2013, MBNMS research staff will be using cutting edge deep-sea technology to re-visit a shipping container that now lies on the seafloor almost a mile beneath the surface of Monterey Bay. Teaming up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and their sophisticated remotely operated vehicle, MBNMS hopes to better understand the ramifications to the local ecology. (12/6/13)
Our sanctuary whales need your help! Humpbacks are once again this year feeding close to shore. Enjoy them from a distance. Please respect these incredible animals and their natural behaviors. Give them plenty of room to feed and move through the area. The last thing you want is a ticket for harassing a whale, or worse, an overturned boat and someone injured from getting too close. Read his statement. (9/20/13)
Last March, the marine sanctuary hosted a meeting of interested parties and collaborated with chamber volunteers, the City of Pacific Grove, regional marine science and education partners, the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, MBNMS advisory council members, and several offices of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help reopen the facility. MBNMS arranged for two specialized technicians from the NOAA Dive Center in Seattle to assist chamber operators in completing repairs and maintenance on the chamber – work that was essential to its return to service on August 3, 2013. (8/20/13)
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