Monterey Bay

Sanctuary Sup Series: June 24th


24 Jun, 2021



Sanctuary Sup Series

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is proud to present our fourth Sanctuary Sup Series on June 24th from noon-1:00pm.  Speakers Sam Farr, former US Congressperson, and Dan Haifley, retired executive director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey will share their first-hand accounts of the 1970’s efforts to ban offshore oil drilling in the Monterey Bay through the steps to federal sanctuary designation in 1992.  

This series was created as an opportunity to virtually “sup” (share a meal) together while also learning about what‘sup in the Sanctuary.  This event is free, but space is limited.  So click here to register and save your spot. 

Click here for a brief video message from co-host Dan Haifley



Featured Topic: Sanctuary History-- Grassroots to Congress 1970's to 1992 designation

Former Congressman Sam Farr is fifth-generation Californian who grew up in the Monterey Bay region and represented the region in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 until his retirement in 2016.

Farr has long been an advocate for our oceans. He is an original co-chair of the bipartisan House Oceans Caucus, and wrote the legislation to establish a National Ocean Policy. In 1980, he was elected to the California State Assembly, where he was known for writing one of the nation’s strictest oil spill liability laws. During his tenure in the state assembly, Farr worked with then-Congressman Leon Panetta and the late Senator Henry Miller in creating the Monterey Bay National Maine Sanctuary. Farr first held elective office when he became a Monterey County Supervisor in 1975. Farr and his wife Shary are longtime residents of Carmel.

Dan Haifley was Executive Director of O’Neill Sea Odyssey, served as Chief Aide and District Chief for California State Senator Henry J. Mello from 1993 until 1996 and Executive Director of Save Our Shores – where he worked on local laws in California aimed at onshore facilities for offshore oil and helped lead the citizen movement to designate Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – from 1986 to 1993. Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.

He serves on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of Catamaran Literary Reader. From April 2008 until March 2019 he published an ocean column in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. He is married to Rebecca Haifley and has two grown children, Aaron and Julia, and enjoys ocean kayaking, reading, and exploring our region’s wild areas.


Please contact Ginaia Kelly, 831-359-7071,