Annual Sanctuary Currents symposium set for April 26

Most people are aware of our role in polluting the oceans. It is a rare trip to the beach, even here in the beautiful Monterey Bay, that doesn't involve the discovery of marine debris in some form – a beer can, bottle cap or cigarette butt. But there are many potential solutions, from small-scale beach cleanups to much larger scale bans on plastic bags.

An example of marine debris in the oceanCSU Monterey Bay’s annual Sanctuary Currents Symposium – held in collaboration with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – brings scientists, managers, students and members of the public together to address the most important issues of the day. This year, the topic for the April 26 symposium is Marine Debris: How Do You Pitch In?

The public is invited to attend a morning of lively presentations and discussions about the problems and solutions. Research posters will be on display throughout the day. The day concludes with the Ricketts Memorial Lecture at 2:15 p.m.

Registration for the free event starts at 8 a.m., with the first presentation scheduled for 9:15. All activities will be held in the University Center on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay. The University Center is located on Sixth Avenue at B Street. Driving directions and a campus map are available here.

Sponsors include CSUMB and its Institute for Applied Marine Ecology; NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuaries; the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Save the Earth.

The day’s schedule:

• 8 a.m. – Doors open/registration

• 9 a.m. – Welcome

• 9:15 a.m. – Trash in the Deep Sea: Bringing a Hidden Problem to Light by Susan von Thun of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

• 9:40 a.m. – The Invisible Consequences of Mistaking Plastic for Dinner by Dr. Chelsea Rochman of UC Davis

• 10:05 a.m. – Tracking the Trash: Distribution of Marine Plastic Pollution on Surface Waters by Carolynn Box of 5 Gyres Institute

• 11 a.m. – The Endless and Magical Promise of Plastic: From Babies, to Airplanes, to Toothpaste by Daniella Russo of the Plastic Pollution Commission

• 11:25 a.m. – Picking it Up: Collecting Data and Trash to Protect Our Coast and Ocean by Eben Schwartz of the California Coastal Commission

• 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch

• 12:30 p.m. – Poster session

• 2:15 p.m. – Ricketts Memorial Lecture: Oceanography of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Today and in the Future by Dr. Francisco Chavez of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

For more information, to pre-register and to order a box lunch, click here