Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 25th Anniversary


"September 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! The sanctuary was formally established under the authority of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, becoming the eleventh national marine sanctuary. Congress designated Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary — known as the 'Serengeti of the Sea' — for its biological richness, unique habitats, threatened and endangered animals, and the presence of shipwrecks and other cultural relics. Establishment of the sanctuary followed decades of public support for its creation – our community joining together to demand protection of this special place. In celebration of this quarter century milestone, we invite you to help us celebrate the incredible importance and value that the sanctuary represents to our community."

- NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries


"Saving Our Shores, Creating Sanctuary"


As the Trump Administration reviews the status of recent national monument designations, Dan Haifley, Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, will give a talk on the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the decades long campaign to prevent offshore oil along the California central coast. Sponsored by the Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County, this is a free event and the public is welcome.


Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA

"Movie Night on the Beach"

FREE Community Celebration in Monterey, CA


"The health of our ocean and coasts are vital to our Monterey Peninsula community. In celebration of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's 25th anniversary in ocean protection, we invite the community to a free 'Movie Night on the Beach'. The evening will feature Disney Nature's 'Oceans' taking place on Del Monte Beach. This family-friendly event will reveal the wonders of the sea with incredible underwater wildlife imagery and conservation themes that will leave viewers inspired to help protect our ocean planet. Free popcorn for participants!

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Del Monte Beach, next to Wharf 2, Monterey, CA

This event is being held in partnership with Monterey Beach SportsFest, where sanctuary staff will be in attendance with information about ocean research, education, and protection. The films will proceed a day of friendly sport competitions on the beach."

- NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries

"The Monterey Beach SportsFest is an event like no other on the shores of the Central Coast this September 23 and 24. The Monterey Beach SportsFest is a celebration of Healthy People, Healthy Oceans, bringing together a series of ocean focused conservation and educational resources and a variety of athletic disciplines. There a multitude of free outdoor activities ranging from yoga, Zumba to kids sand castle team building and live musical entertainment. In celebration of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary, there will be a 'Free' 450 yard community swim and movie night on the beach.

From beach volleyball to cold-water swim competitions, SUP/Prone paddling, Kayak racing, and a unique multisport event called the Ikaika Challenge which combines swimming, strength activities and beach running, there is competition for teams and individuals during the two-day event held at Del Monte Beach in downtown Monterey. There will a tire flipping, pull-up and push-up contest for the 'Fittest on the Beach'!

The Monterey Beach SportsFest will be providing a 'Day at the Beach' for 200-300 children from Salinas, Marina, and Seaside, as well as, the public. The goal is to promote Healthy People, Healthy Oceans and Healthy Communities. We want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate in a positive and life changing experience. With the help of our student volunteers from CSUMB, we hope to provide positive role models to become good stewards of the community."

- Monterey Beach SportsFest