February 13, 2014

The Secret History of the Monterey Bay-Event on February 26th

Public Lecture about the changes the Monterey Bay faces and how Marine Protected Areas can help

 Save Our Shores (SOS) and the Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC) invites you to dive deep beneath the Monterey Bay with local author and prize winning photographer, Marc Shargel, reveals the Secret History of the Monterey Bay on February 26th from 5:30pm-9pm. Shargel will share his photography collected from over 35 years of diving off the California Coast. Through historic photos and his own stunning imagery, Shargel will illustrate a little-known chronicle of human use and human impact upon the life in Monterey Bay. Based on his recently published booklet, Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast, he will tell the stories of fish from sharks to sardines, and creatures from abalone to otters.

Since before the Mission era, Californians have depended on their ocean for food, jobs, recreation, and more. Our use of marine life has rarely been planned, and only recently the state of California has begun to understand the ecological consequences of over use.  Shargel worked hard with other local stakeholders and scientists to get our local Marine Protected Areas formed in 2007.  Similar to parks on land protect special lands and wildlife from overdevelopment, these underwater parks preserve California’s stunning marine ecosystems for future generations to observe and enjoy.  The first of its kind in the nation, these areas have been called ‘hope spots’ because they are our best hope in restoring the beauty and bounty of ocean life threatened by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction.  Shargel believes these Marine Protected Areas will make a huge difference for our marine life and he will have the pictures to prove it!

“We are so excited to have Marc Shargel join us at the SEC. His work is incredible and really instills a sense of inspiration and stewardship for our unique Monterey Bay.” said Marina Maze, Program Coordinator at Save Our Shores.

This is a free event at the Sanctuary Exploration Center on Wednesday February 26th. Light beverages and finger foods will be served, please bring your own cup, plate and utensil to help us make this a zero waste event. Not only is this an opportunity to learn more about Santa Cruz and our amazing coastline, it opens the doors to get involved with Save Our Shores and the Sanctuary Exploration Center on a deeper level. From 5:30-6:30pm SOS and SEC staff invites you to learn more about the Docent Program at the SEC and the Sanctuary Steward Program with SOS. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the lecture beginning at 6:30. The lecture will conclude with a question and answer period and book signing with Shargel.

For more information, please contact Marina Maze, Program Coordinator at Save Our Shores at (831) 462-5660 x2 or marina@saveourshores.org.  You can always find us on the web at www.saveourshores.org.

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