Posts Tagged ‘National Marine Sanctuaries’

Elephant Seals: Back from the Brink

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Hunted nearly to extinction in the 1800′s, California’s elephant seals have made a remarkable comeback and are now protected by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. One of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seals is in California at Año Nuevo State Park, adjacent to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We talk with Terry Kiser, Año Nuevo State Park superintendent, about these fascinating marine mammals and what we can do to help protect them.

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy the beautiful coast and ocean. Respect your local marine life. Tread lightly, or not at all, on tide pools and rocky shore habitats, and keep your distance from marine animals as you can disturb their feeding or resting.

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Extreme Drought

Monday, March 24th, 2014

California is experiencing record-breaking drought and we all need to take action. Governor Brown has urged us to reduce our water consumption by 20%. We speak with John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, about this issue and what long-term drought could mean for the state. Find out what we all need to do to reduce our use of water at home and outdoors.

Everyday Action: Reduce your water consumption by 20% every day, indoors and out! Take shorter showers, wash only full loads of clothes, fix any leaks and don’t let the tap run. Outdoors, check your sprinklers, water less frequently and in the early morning or late evening, or re-landscape with native plants. More tips at Save Our H2O.

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109-Year-Old Shipwreck George E. Billings

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Did you know that hundreds of historic ships and aircraft lie beneath the waves off of California’s coast? We talked with Bob Schwemmer, a NOAA maritime archaeologist, whose job is to explore and document shipwrecks like the wreck of a 109-year-old schooner discovered on the ocean floor. The George E. Billings once hauled timber in the early 1900s from the West Coast to Hawaii and Latin America. Bob tells us how it was found last year after two decades of searching in NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. And there’s more to the story!

Everyday Action: Get out and enjoy the ocean, and learn more about shipwrecks that lie just off our coast!

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Sanctuary Exploration Center

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center is a state-of-the-art facility designed to foster stewardship of the region’s marine ecosystem. Just steps from the ocean, the two-story, 12,387 square-foot center, located in Santa Cruz’ famed beach area, functions as the sanctuary’s premier interpretive facility. Our guest, Lisa Uttal, Sanctuary Exploration Center Interim Director, describes how interactive exhibits connect people with the water, geology, ecosystems, and the extraordinary diversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Exhibits include the Exploration Theater, a walk through a kelp forest, intertidal touchpool, open-ocean mini-theater and a replica deep-sea canyon with a remotely operated vehicle.

America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project: “More Than A Sport”

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Excitement is building as America’s Cup comes to San Francisco in 2012 and 2013. Your Thank You Ocean campaign is proud to support the Healthy Ocean Project, “the embodiment of the America’s Cup commitment to leave a positive social and environmental legacy.” Our guest is Jill McCarthy, Head of Partnerships, who explains how AC Healthy Ocean Project embraces the direct connection between sailing and the ocean. Partnering with leading ocean conservation organizations, AC Healthy Ocean Project focuses on three areas that align with Thank You Ocean: marine protected areas, life choices for sustainable seas and reducing the amount of single use plastic that ends up in the ocean. (Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget)

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part II)

Monday, July 16th, 2012

It’s a spectacular year for whale sightings off the California Coast, with blue whales and humpbacks in abundance. Why are they here in such large numbers, and how can we best experience them? We continue our discussion with Mary Jane Schramm, media and public outreach specialist for Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Find out what we can do to help whales survive—and thrive—for future generations of avid whale watchers.

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California Coast: Whale World! (Part I)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

One of the best shows of summer can be found right off the California coast with an abundance of whales visiting our shores. Mary Jane Schramm is co-author of the book “West Coast Whale Watching” and is media and public outreach specialist for Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Find out about California’s whales, what brings them close to shore, and how you can be a good “whale watcher.”

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Celebrate the Ocean on World Oceans Day

Monday, June 4th, 2012

World Oceans Day is our planet’s biggest celebration of the ocean, held every June 8. Our guest Bill Mott, Executive Director of The Ocean Project, talks about World Oceans Day 2012 with the theme “Youth: the Next Wave for Change.” This year, The Ocean Project is partnering with Dr. Seuss and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Learn about World Oceans Day events, resources and information.

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Enjoy-But Do Not Disturb-Coastal Wildlife

Monday, February 20th, 2012

While we enjoy observing coastal wildlife, it’s important to avoid disturbing them. Our guest Mary Jane Schramm, Media and Public Outreach Specialist with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, says failing to be respectful and cautious when encountering harbor seals can have dire impacts on their population. (Photo courtesy of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Photo Library)

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National Marine Sanctuaries

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

America’s ocean treasures are right off our coasts! National marine sanctuaries are special ocean places that have a unique ability to touch people. Thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Four are in California: Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, Monterey Bay and Channel Islands national marine sanctuaries. Dan Basta, Director of the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, talks about how “America’s ocean treasures” help people change how they think about our ocean and create a “community of the committed.”

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