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USGS Helps Celebrate the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's 11th Anniversary

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Visitors crowd the United States Geological Survey booth at the Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration on the Santa Cruz Wharf
Visitors crowd the USGS booth (center) at the Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology (CMG) team helped celebrate the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by hosting a booth at the annual Shark Festival and Sanctuary Celebration, held September 27 in Santa Cruz, CA.

Fine weather, live music, and inviting displays drew hundreds of visitors to the festival, where many of them stopped by the USGS booth to pick up handouts and check out the exhibits.

This year, Gerry Hatcher, Tom Reiss, and Susie Cochran-Marquez put together a display of current drifters used to track coral larvae off West Maui, Hawai'i. Mary McGann prepared displays of single-celled and multicelled microscopic marine organisms for visitors to view through microscopes.

A steady stream of people were attracted to the booth by the microscopes and the bright-orange drifter shells. The visitors were educated and entertained by a large crew of CMG personnel, who took turns staffing the booth throughout the day (in alphabetical order): Bill and Maria Adams, Carolyn Degnan, volunteer Nick Degnan, Amy Draut, Amy Foxgrover, Helen Gibbons, Ann Gibbs, Gerry Hatcher, Elaine Lakin-Wells, Mary McGann, Greg Piniak, Curt Storlazzi, and Dana Wingfield.

Special thanks go to Jane Reid, who transported handouts and display materials from team offices in Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Santa Cruz to the festival site on the Santa Cruz Wharf. The contributions of all involved made it a highly successful and enjoyable day!

Below left: Mary McGann (second from right) helps a young visitor view microscopic marine organisms, while Amy Draut (left rear) stands by to stamp cards for kids participating in the festival's treasure hunt.
Mary McGann and Amy Draut Curt Storlazzi
Above right: Curt Storlazzi tells a visitor how the team used current drifters to track coral larvae off West Maui, Hawai'i, in an effort to better understand controls on coral-reef health.

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Related Web Sites
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Western Region Coastal & Marine Geology
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