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General Information and Program


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Symposium
-Sanctuary Currents 2014-

April 26, 2014

Pre-registration is recommendend, with option to pre-order box lunch
(link to CSUMB)

California State University,
Monterey Bay,
University Center, Sixth Street,
Seaside, CA

To help reduce waste, please bring a reusable water bottle and/or coffee cup to enjoy refreshments at the venue.

By now we are all familiar with our collective role in polluting the planet, the ocean included. It is a rare trip to the beach or tide pools, even here in the beautiful Monterey Bay, that doesn't involve the discovery of marine debris in some form, be it a beer can, a bottle cap, or an increasingly ubiquitous cigarette butt. But we are also critical for the many potential solutions; solutions ranging from the relatively small-scale beach clean-up to much larger scale bans on plastic bags.

The annual Sanctuary Currents Symposium provides an exciting opportunity to bring scientists, managers, students and members of the public together to address the most important issues of the day with respect to the Monterey Bay and beyond, and this year we are taking on marine debris. Please join us for a morning of lively discussions about the many scales of problems and solutions, ranging from the small plastic nurdles to a state-size garbage patch, from the deep sea to the intertidal, from local policies to the international arena. Discussions will occur around plenary sessions featuring internationally-recognized scientists, a research poster session, and exhibitry throughout the day.


Program Flyer


  • Institute for Applied Marine Ecology
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center
  • Save the Earth


Program of Events

8:00 - 9:00 am DOORS OPEN and REGISTRATION
Free Admission. Pre-registration is recommended, with option to pre-order box lunch (link to CSUMB)
9:15 - 9:40 am Trash in the deep sea: Bringing a hidden problem to light
Susan von Thun - Senior Research Technician,
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
9:40 - 10:05 am The invisible consequences of mistaking plastic for dinner
Dr. Chelsea Rochman - Postdoctoral Scholar,
Aquatic Health Program, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis
10:05 - 10:30 am Tracking the trash: Distribution of marine plastic pollution on surface waters (2009 to present)
Carolynn Box - Environmenal Coordinator,
5 Gyres Institute
10:30 - 11:00 am BREAK
11:00 - 11:25 am The endless and magical promise of plastic: From babies, to airplanes, to toothpaste
Daniella Russo - Executive Director and Co-founder,
Plastic Pollution Coalition
11:25 - 11:50 am Picking it up: Collecting data and trash to protect our coast and ocean
Eben Schwartz - Marine Debris Program Manager,
California Coastal Commission
11:50 - 12:30 pm LUNCH
2:15 - 3:00 pm Ricketts Memorial Award and Lecture:
The oceanography of the MBNMS today and in the future

Dr. Francisco Chavez - Senior Scientist,
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute


Driving Directions and Parking

  • CSUMB Map and Directions
  • Free event parking provided in lot #29 adjacent to University Center (between Butler and B Streets)
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