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General Information and Program


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Symposium
-Sanctuary Currents 2005-

March 12, 2005
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


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

The public is encouraged to attend this year's symposium to learn about the current health of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from the perspective of scientists, citizen volunteers, and policy makers. The program will highlight the findings of monitoring efforts within the sanctuary. This is a free event, but pre-registration is highly encouraged and greatly appreciated! To pre-register please call (831) 647-4209.






2005 Sanctuary Currents Logo

Event Sponsors

  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation


Program of Events

8:00 —8:45 am Registration (This is a free event. And while pre-registration is not necessary, it is recommended)
8:45—9:00 am


9:00 —9:15 am Sanctuary Monitoring: Why and How
Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
9:15 —10:30 am

Morning Presentations

Tracking Ecological Changes to Inform Conservation in a Central California Estuary
Dr. Kerstin Wasson, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Threats to our Coastal Resources: Are We Loving the Seashore to Death?
Dr. Pete Raimondi, University of California Santa Cruz

It Takes a Forest to Raise a Fish
Dr. Mark Carr, University of California Santa Cruz

10:30—10:45 am Break
10:45– 12:30 pm

Morning Presentations

Whale Tales and Porpoise Puzzles: The Challenges of Monitoring Marine Mammal Populations
Dr. Karin Forney, National Marine Fisheries Service
Mr. John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective

Citizen Monitoring: Real Science, Real People, Real Results
Ms. Bridget Hoover, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Ms. Elizabeth Hightower, Citizen Volunteer

How's the Patient? Diagnosis and Prognosis
Panel Discussion: Moderator Dr. Chris Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Panel Participants: Dr. Kerstin Wasson, Dr. Pete Raimondi, Ms. Bridget Hoover, Ms Elizabeth Hightower, Dr. Karin Forney, and Dr. Mark Carr

12:30– 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own), Research Posters and Exhibits
1:30 - 2:15 pm Ed Ricketts Award and Memorial Lecture
Dr. Barbara Block, Stanford University
Hot Tuna: Electronic Tagging of Highly Migratory Fish Reveal New Insights for Fisheries Management and Oceanography
2:15– 3:00 pm Policy Discussion

Good Science Leads to Sound Policy?
Mr. Mike Sutton (Moderator), Monterey Bay Aquarium, Center for the Future of the Oceans
Dr. Steve Palumbi, Stanford University
Dr. Andy Rosenberg, University of New Hampshire

3:30—4:30 pm Sanctuary Awards and Reception



  • From Highway 1: exit at the CSUMB/Fort Ord Main Entrance and follow Light Fighter Drive to the second stop sign. Turn left on General Jim Moore Boulevard, and continue to the second stop sign, then turn right on Third Street. Continue to the second stop sign, and turn right on Sixth Avenue. Continue past the stop sign to the University Center (third building on your right with distinctive "white tent" roof).
  • From Salinas: take Blanco Road west to Monterey, then turn right on Reservation Road. Turn left on Imjin Road, then turn left at the first traffic signal on Abrams Drive. Where Abrams ends at a stop sign, turn right on Inter-Garrison Road. At the second stop sign, turn left on Sixth Street. Continue past the stop sign to the University Center (third building on your right with distinctive "white tent" roof).

Parking is free in lot #29 at the University Center or across the street in lot #42 at the Watershed Institute (in regular parking spaces only).