April 2014
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Welcome to the April issue of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Education and Outreach newsletter!

In this issue we:
  • Highlight upcoming events and announcements

Danielle Brown
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation




Sanctuary Currents Symposium - April 26th


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. This year's annual Sanctuary Currents Symposium provides an exciting opportunity to bring scientists, managers, students and members of the public together to address one of the most important issues with respect to the Monterey Bay and beyond, marine debris. 


For more information and to register, please visit: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/research/currsymp2014/welcome.html


California MPAs Webinar - April 29th


The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation is pleased to offer a series of three, 1-hour webinars, showcasing California's new underwater parks, our network of marine protected areas (MPAs). Webinar presentations will feature former state assemblyman and ocean champion, Fred Keeley; conservation leader, Kaitilin Gaffney; University of California marine biologist, Mark Carr; and California Fish and Game Commission President, Mike Sutton! 


The first webinar, "California Leads the Nation in Ocean Conservation", will be held on April 29th at 10 a.m. pacific time. If you are interested in attending or want more information on the series, please email Danielle Brown at danielle@mbnmsf.org


"My Marine Park" Video Contest Reminder
How do you enjoy your favorite Underwater Park? 
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation is hosting a video contest to raise awareness about California's MPAs. Enter the "My Marine Park" video contest to share with us how and why you love one of California's underwater parks and be eligible to win great prizes including a GoPro!
For full details, please visit www.CaliforniaMPAs.org/MyMarinePark.
Submissions are due by May 1st!
Snapshot Day - May 3rd


On Saturday, May 3rd at 9 a.m., volunteers from San Mateo County to San Luis Obispo County will participate in the 15th annual Snapshot Day Event. This sanctuary-wide event provides a one-day "snapshot" of the health of the rivers and streams that flow into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California's marine protected areas.


The volunteers collecting this valuable information play a key role in our community as stewards of our watersheds and the data collected is used by resource agencies, local governments and community groups to protect and improve the health of our local streams. To get involved in Snapshot Day please contact Lisa Emanuelson or call 831-647-4227 

Open Streets Capitola - May 4th


Save the Date: Open Streets Capitola will take place on Sunday, May 4th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Capitola Esplanade. Several of our Underwater Parks Ambassadors will be in attendance and have lots of fun activities for children and families to learn more about California's MPAs. 
For more information, please visit: http://scopenstreets.org/event-info/capitola-open-streets/


Sanctuary Celebration - May 17th  


The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, will be celebrated at the Santa Cruz Wharf on May 17th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. with free live music, crafts, educational talks and demonstrations and short eco-tours of the Wharf. Experience the unique marine sanctuary as you stroll the wharf and join the fun! Interactive, educational and fun activities will be presented by groups like the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, the Sanctuary Exploration

Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute, Save our Shores, UCSC, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and our Underwater Parks Ambassadors. For more information, please visit: 



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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation 
99 Pacific Street, Building 455 
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647 - 4209