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October, 2016

Your Thank You Ocean Campaign

Congratulations! Thank You Ocean Campaign is 10! 

Were you there? TYO was launched in 2006 at California and the World Ocean Conference in Long Beach with the showing of our inspirational PSA by world-renowned cinematographer, Bob Talbot. Ten years later, with your help, TYO presents a robust, information-filled web site, Facebook page with nearly 50,000 likes, Twitter page with more than 24,000 followers and a rich library of photos, videos and sharable content. Visit and take advantage of YOUR Thank You Ocean campaign! Sarah Marquis

Calling all OCA Members

November Excitement for BLUE!

Every two years ocean leaders, filmmakers, photographers, scientists, explorers, entertainment executives – and the general public– gather in Tampa Bay/ St. Petersburg, FL at BLUE to honor the best in ocean filmmaking, to learn more about the issues facing our oceans, and to collaborate on improving the future of our oceans and humanity. The seven-day event is charged with energy as these diverse groups of people sharing knowledge and ideas with each other and with the general public. BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, Nov 10-13. Find out more at Debbie Kinder

Registration Now Open! San Diego BlueTech Week 2016

November 7-11, 2016, San Diego BlueTech Week 2016 will include 6 events in 5 days and brings together an international audience of 400+ thought leaders and executives in academia, government, industry and military to promote BlueTech.  This year’s theme is “Case Studies of Collaboration” with a focus on international partnerships. So whether you’re interested in networking with international partners, rubbing elbows with senior government officials and industry executives, meeting investors, exploring career opportunities in the Blue Economy or finding new maritime technologies from around the world, San Diego BlueTech Week will have it all.  For more information, contact TMA Executive Director Greg Murphy at

NOAA Marine Debris Research Grants

The NOAA Marine Debris Program has announced a Marine Debris Research federal funding opportunity (FFO). Applicants requesting funding for research that explores the ecological risk associated with marine debris, determines debris exposure levels, and examines the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore, coastal environments are welcome to apply. To view the full FFO and apply for this grant opportunity, visit Proposals are due by December 19, 2016. Sherry Lippiatt

Seeking College-level Interns

Laguna Ocean Foundation is seeking college-level interns in Orange County to participate in an academic year internship. The program includes skills development and training in intertidal research and monitoring, as well as interpretive education for tidepool visitors. Paid tidepool educator positions are also available. For more information and to apply, please email Sabrina Blash at

Hope Spot Hatteras Declared- Nominate Your Own Hope Spot!

After months of waiting to hear back about our Hope Spot: Hatteras nomination, we are so happy to announce Dr. Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue have voted to establish a Hope Spot 40 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras! Here’s what Mission Blue learned from Hope Spot Hatteras, one of our most recent community-driven Hope Spots declared off the coast of North Carolina: Hope Spot Hattaras. Interested in nominating your own Hope Spot? Awesome! You can right here: Nominate a Hope Spot Brett Garling

Farallones Sanctuary Research Symposium Set for December

​December 1, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary will co-sponsor the Beyond the Golden Gate Research Symposium at Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in Tiburon, CA. It brings together regional researchers to share information on current and recent research and monitoring projects on oceanography, ecology, and geology of the sanctuaries and adjacent waters, from Point Arena to Point Año Nuevo – including Cordell Bank, Point Reyes, and central San Francisco Bay. This day-long regional symposium encourages research in the sanctuaries as sentinel sites for biodiversity and ecosystem assessment. It promotes regional partnerships to enhance collaborations, share ideas and resources, and improve the quality of research within the scientific community. The event is co-sponsored with the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, San Francisco State University, University of California at Davis, Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Point Blue Conservation Science. For information on registration and abstract submission, contact or

Will You Help Get the Word Out? Citizen Scientist Applications for FLOW

FLOW (Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands) is Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s Citizen Science Program. Participate in the collection of scientific data, learn more about coastal ecology, and get involved in environmental quality monitoring efforts. Meetings are on Fridays (times depend upon the tide) at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center. We are also accepting Citizen Scientist applications for anyone interested –training is FREE. Contact,

One Less Straw Campaign Seeking Partners

You too can be one of the amazing organizations who have joined our campaign to reduce our dependency on useless plastic straws. Each of our partners has been hand selected because of their dedication to education and willingness to combat the issue of plastic pollution. If you are interested to join in on the campaign, just send us your high res logo file and a link to your website to and we will consider getting you added. Partners are not required to support us financially, but we do ask for their support in helping us spread the word via their social media outlets. You can download logos, photos, info sheets and prewritten social media posts from our Media Page. Jim Ries

News for You

Ten companies slowing ships in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Slowing ship speeds reduces air pollution and has been shown to reduce the risk of fatal strikes on whales. Ten shipping companies are participating in the 2016 incentive program, voluntarily reducing speeds in the Santa Barbara Channel region to 12 knots or less. The program started July 1 and will continue until November 15, 2016. The program is a collaborative effort by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, and Volgenau Foundation. For more information, visit Sean Hastings

Michael Stocker Speaks at Georgia International Maritime Forum

Ocean Conservation Research Director Michael Stocker recently returned from Batumi, Republic of Georgia addressing commercial shippers and maritime regulators at the Georgia International Maritime Forum. He spoke about the evolving priorities in shipping and conservation over the last 120 years  – tracing the transition from sail power to internal combustion power – and the impacts of this transition on global ocean noise pollution. Michael Stocker

California Sea Grant Announces Extension Director

Lisa Schiavinato has joined California Sea Grant in the new full-time position of Extension Director. Schiavinato will assume responsibility for directing the Extension Program’s growth while providing vision and leadership for existing and emerging extension activities that address critical marine and coastal issues in California. Caitlin Coomber

Mark Your Calendar

Oct 8: Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk

7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m., the Aquarium will once again be partnering with the Long Beach Marathon events team to host their 5K Run/Walk this year on Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 a.m. The scenic course will loop through Rainbow Harbor, Queensway Bridge, Catalina Landing, and the Aquarium itself! Participants will receive a race t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and a steep discount on Aquarium admission. Plaques will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers, and winner medals will be given to the top three age division male and female finishers. Cost: $38.88 per person. Raise money for the Aquarium by signing up here: Registration: Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 8: Aquarium of the Pacific Kids Fun Run

9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., up to 2,000 kids ages six to twelve can race in the Aquarium Kids Fun Run. Participants will receive a commemorative marine animal medal, a finisher certificate, and free Aquarium admission (applicable to child runners only, must be accompanied by a paying adult inside the Aquarium). As part of a major emphasis on improving youth health and fitness, as well as helping to counter the major childhood obesity epidemic, the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific has joined forces with RUN Racing and the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon & Half Marathon to host this one-mile Kids Fun Run. Cost:  FREE (Kids participating receive free Aquarium admission) Location: Rainbow Harbor, adjacent to the Aquarium Info/Registration: or 562-427-4606

Oct 9: Photographers Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., professional and amateur photographers are invited to capture the Aquarium’s wildlife during exclusive “photographers only” hours. Meet vendors, test new equipment, attend workshops, and meet other wildlife photo enthusiasts. Cost: $29.95 Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 11, 18, 25 through Mar, 2017: Whalewatch Naturalist Training at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Tuesdays, October 2016 through March 2017, 7 – 9pm. Volunteers (college age and up) are trained as naturalists to narrate whale watching trips on boats that depart from local landings January through March observing gray whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds.  Naturalists may also give presentations in school classrooms. Meet in the John M. Olguin Auditorium. The last day to join the program is October 18. No reservations required. For more information, call 310-548-7562

Oct 12: Gail Wight: Swimming in the Age of Fishes: Art, Imagination, and the Unknowable at Aquarium of the Pacific

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., artist Gail Wight will discuss how topics in biology like species diversity, extinction, and the forces of weather on habitat drive her studio practice. She will share her current attempt to depict the Pacific Ocean and waves along the California coast. Cost: $5 per person, and free for members, teachers, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID and advance reservations. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 15: MBARI Open House

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) will hold its annual open house. MBARI is located at 7700 Sandholdt Road in Moss Landing, California, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey. The free event runs from noon to 5pm and is the only time that MBARI is open to the public. During the open house, kids and adults can check out MBARI’s deep-sea robots and research vessels, talk with scientists and engineers, view MBARI amazing underwater videos on a big screen, and even build their own underwater robots. For more information, please see MBARI’s web site ( or call 831-775-1700. Kim Fulton-Bennett

Oct 15: Join Farallones Sanctuary and Shark Stewards for SharktoberFest

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Headquarters and Visitor Center, Crissy Field Beach, San Francisco Presidio, celebrate the annual arrival of white sharks in our sanctuary to search for seal meals. Learn about shark science, create shark art, watch shark films, and learn about shark conservation. Enjoy music, live sharks, ​an Ocean Life costume parade and contest, games, and special programs (SharkiTecture 101, Surfing with Sharks). Admission is free; special programs are $10/person – program reservations required: ​

Oct 15: Battle the Aliens, Restore Bolinas Lagoon 

​8:30 to 3:30 p.m. join Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary’s habitat restoration team at Kent Island in Bolinas Lagoon. This important dune-capped flood shoal island is overrun with non-native plants – yikes! Enjoy a short boat ride to the island, then help remove these alien invaders to help strengthen lagoon function, and restore the original dune habitat. Already, native plants like pink sand verbena are returning, but we need your help to keep the momentum going! Free! Includes. lunch; Age 10+ with adult. Registration:

Oct 15, 16: Scarium of the Pacific

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium ofthe Pacific’s seventeenth annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular, educational Halloween event for the whole family. Enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, and kooky crafts, and meet eerie animals in the Great Hall. Cost: General Admission–$29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 15, 29, 30: Weekend Tidepool Walks with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Join us as CMA Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.  Before the walk, attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then join the naturalist-led hike to see animals in their natural habitat.  Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee: Free. Reservations required for groups; please call 310-548-7562.

Oct 16: Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

10am – 3pm, celebrate the bounty of the sea with fun-in-the sun games and hometown spirit!  It’s a day filled with music, games, contests, fun activities, exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts and videos.  Enter our sand sculpture contest.  Hunt for buried pirate treasure.   Create your own ocean creature costume from materials we provide! Pack a picnic or purchase food.  For further information, call 310-548-7562.  Fee: Free

Oct 18: Mac Stone: Journey through the Everglades at Aquarium of the Pacific

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Frequently working in swamps and wetlands of the southeastern U.S., conservation photographer Mac Stone will share images and stories from his book, Everglades: America’s Wetland. Cost: $5 per person, and free for members, teachers, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID and advance reservations. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 21: San Francisco Bay Gala: Soundwaves at Aquarium of the Bay

6:30pm- 10:00 pm. Saving the Bay has never been more elegant. Come rockfish and roll with us on October 21 at Aquarium of the Bay with live music, delectable bites, and a hosted bar… all while hanging out with sharks, jellyfish, river otters, and more.

All proceeds benefits’s conservation advocacy, scientific research, and education programs. Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, Embarcadero at Beach Street, San Francisco. Ticket: $175. More information:

Oct 22: Sea Fare: Dine with the fish, and bid on exciting auction items at Aquarium of the Pacific

7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s thirteenth annual Sea Fare celebration, guests can enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine from more than twenty-five food and beverage providers, along with open bars, music, a live and silent auction, and the popular “Go Fish” opportunity game. All proceeds will benefit the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info/RSVP: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 22: Kayaking In the Bioluminescent Gloaming

​​5:00pm-9:00pm, join Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary naturalists and Pt. Reyes Outdoors in Marshall, to experience the eerie phenomenon of bioluminescence amid the sheltered waters of Tomales Bay. At twilight we’ll launch kayaks and paddle to a quiet beach to enjoy a picnic dessert and warm beverages. Then, setting out again in the deepening dark, we’ll watch as tiny plankton, called dinoflagellates, create their bioluminescent magic. Learn why they live the luminous life, as ripples from our paddles and wakes, darting fish – perhaps even seals – ignite flashes of cool green fire against the dark waters. COST: $100/person, includes kayak rental, dessert. Ages 16+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Registration required: or (415) 561-6622 x 306.

Oct 22: Salt Marsh Open House with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium     

11-1pm, visit Cabrillo Beach’s own wetland habitat, Salinas de San Pedro, and discover the plants and animals that call it home!  Using binoculars, magnifying glasses and other tools, CMA Educators and volunteers will help you observe and explore this habitat.  Or simply sit back, watch the tide change and listen to the birds and other wildlife. Fee: Free and open to all ages

Oct 25, Nov 29:: American Cetacean Society Lecture at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The American Cetacean Society/Los Angeles Chapter offers free monthly lectures in the John M. Olguin Auditorium on the last Tuesday of each month (except December) through May.  For information and scheduled speakers, visit:

Oct 27: Sean Carroll: The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Nature Works, and Why It Matters at Aquarium of the Pacific

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Dr. Sean Carroll will discuss the discovery of the “The Serengeti Rules,” the ecological rules that regulate the numbers and kinds of animals and plants in any given place and how they are being applied to restore some of the greatest wildernesses on the planet. Carroll is a scientist, writer, educator, and executive producer. He is vice president for science education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Cost: $5 per person, and free for members, teachers, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID and advance reservations. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Info: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 28: Night Dive at Aquarium of the Pacific

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., the Aquarium of the Pacific presents Night Dive, an adults-only event featuring food and drink, live performances and other special programming for an 18-and-over crowd. Discover the Aquarium at night, and explore our galleries in a new way, with DJs and local artists creating an eclectic ambiance. Live bands take the stage in front of the Honda Blue Cavern turning the Great Hall into Long Beach’s unique music venue. Cost: $14.95, open to ages 18+ only and free for Aquarium members. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802  Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or

Oct 29: Free Bird Talk & Nature Walk with Amigos de Bolsa Chica

Join the Amigos de Bolsa Chica for a free Bird Talk & Nature Walk on the last Saturday of every month! Considered one of the prime birding sites of Southern California, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is home to over 200 species of birds. The walk takes place from 9-11am and departs from the South Parking Lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (across the street from the Bolsa Chica State Beach entrance). Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars. Email to reserve a spot.

Oct 29, 30: Celebrate Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Just in time to give that Halloween costume a trial run, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s annual Fishy Fest returns Oct. 29th and 30th at the marine science center, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, beach level beneath the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium will celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Halloween from 12:30 – 5 pm throughout the weekend. Check out the glow-in-the-dark fun in the mad scientists’ lab, enjoy spine tingling talks about creatures of the deep, stop by the craft table to make a Dia de Los Muertos mask and check out a new fun maze that will challenge all to think twice about using plastic bags. At 3 pm on Sunday Oct. 30th, join a ghoulish trick-or-treat parade around the Pier. More details can be found at Frightfully Fintastic Fishy Fest- Day One or by calling 310-393-6149. Randi Parent

Nov 3: Free Webinar: Adaptive Management of MPAs: Predicting Responses to MPA Implementation for Comparison to Monitoring Data

Speaker: Louis W. Botsford, Distinguished Professor, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis. The state of California established a statewide network of MPAs through the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. Managers and scientists must now figure out how to employ adaptive management of these MPAs (i.e., to compare outcomes to predicted effects, a requirement of the act). The scientists report that simply comparing sites inside and outside MPAs can produce misleading results and that consistent evaluation of each over time is more important for accurate assessments of MPA performance than comparing inside and outside MPAs at a set time. This group is working collaboratively with state wildlife managers to develop the science necessary to monitor and adaptively manage the state’s new MPAs. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network. Register: Joanne Flanders

Nov 5, Dec 3: Monthly Beach Cleanup with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

8 – 10am. On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators in helping to keep our Coastal Park eco-friendly and clean!  Come find out what marine debris is doing to our ocean and help us to collect and categorize what we find on Cabrillo Beach. Meet at the steps in front of the John M. Olguin Auditorium. Fee: Free and open to all ages

Nov 5: Free Public Tour with Amigos de Bolsa Chica

Join the Amigos de Bolsa Chica for a free tour of the wetlands on the first Saturday of every month. Led by docents, participants will learn about the birds, endangered species, history, ecology, and restoration of the wetlands. The tours start from 9-10:30am and depart every 15 minutes from the footbridge in the South Parking Lot of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (across the street from the Bolsa Chica State Beach entrance between Warner Ave. and Seapoint Drive). Email for more information or call 714 840-1575.

Nov 10: Free Webinar: Facilitating Collaborative Public Decisions: A Video-Based Training Tool

Speaker: Steven L. Yaffee, PhD  Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan. Whether you are a stakeholder, facilitator, agency official, or student, this tool can help you understand and facilitate real-world public decision making processes. Using multimedia examples drawn from the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, the tool enables users to explore strategies for facilitating the different stages of collaborative decision making. This tool was created to help a variety of users expand their expertise and increase their understanding of facilitation strategies, challenges, and steps in a collaborative process. This webinar is part of NOAA’s National Marine Protected Areas Center’s monthly webinar series focused on building and strengthening MPA networks. The series is co-sponsored by MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and Register: Joanne Flanders

Nov 19: Sanctuary Soiree: Blues Got the Moves!

​7 to 9pm, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Soiree: Blues Got the Moves! Big Whale Biomechanics. Whale expert Jeremy Goldbogen will use stunning video and animation to reveal how giant blue whales, the most massive creatures on earth, evolved and maneuver to​ capture the tiniest prey, with minimum effort and maximum gain. (Gives the term, “Big Gulp” new meaning!) Sanctuary soirees are adult evenings of science, art and crafts, and music, in a convivial atmosphere. $20/person. Bay Model/ACE, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito CA. Visit


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