By Nikki Brooks
On Sunday, February 10th, concerned citizens from the Monterey Bay region gathered at San Carlos Beach Park to raise awareness about the 19 cruise ships scheduled to anchor outside the Monterey Harbor this year. As a dark cloud passed overhead and rain ensued, one hundred people stood together as leaders of the movement spoke about the issues of cruise ships in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The MBNMS was established in 1992 and is one of 13 federally protected underwater national parks.
As the clouds parted and the wind receded, paddlers took to the water. Once offshore, each participant shared why the Monterey Bay is important to them. While the cruise ship did not enter the Monterey Bay and anchor as scheduled, joining together and celebrating this special place was an important step in raising awareness about the threats cruise ships bring to the Monterey Bay. Education and promoting sustainability and stewardship are positive ways to
protect this unique ecosystem’s natural and cultural features.
“The truth is, what we are doing right now, can and will create a ripple effect around the world. I believe that with all my heart.” -Brent Allen
To become more involved, please attend the Monterey City Council Meeting on February 19th from 4-7 pm at the Council Chamber, 580 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940. Sign the petition: https://bit.ly/2thijpq