On Monday, June 17, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Monterey Conference Center, Serra Ballroom 2, One Portola Plaza, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the City of Monterey are inviting the public to an informational session on the status of cruise ships in the Sanctuary. A panel of representatives from multiple agencies with regulatory oversight authority over cruise ship operations will present information, answer question cards from the public, and address environmental concerns related to large cruise ships visiting Monterey Bay.
Doors open: 5:30 p.m.; Presentation session: 6:00 p.m.; Public Q&A session: 6:45 p.m.
Wrap-up session: 7:45 p.m.
Organization and agency representatives will be attending from the following:
• City of Monterey
• NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
• U.S. Coast Guard
• California State Lands Commission
• California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and
• Monterey Bay Air Resources District
• San Francisco Bar Pilots Association
The history of cruise ships in the sanctuary goes back to 2002, when large cruise ships first began visiting Monterey. These ships can provide local businesses with economic benefits, particularly if they introduce the region to tourists who may return for later visits. However, at that time, both the public and businesses had raised concerns about environmental issues associated with these ships. As an
outcome of these concerns through a public process, the 2008 MBNMS Management Plan regulations were amended to prohibit the discharging or depositing from within or into MBNMS any material or other matter from a cruise ship except clean vessel engine cooling water, vessel generator cooling water or anchor wash. Despite monitoring of regulatory compliance by multiple agencies with jurisdictional authority, concern from residents and businesses over potential impacts to marine resources from these
vessels is still drawing attention. This information session aims to provide facts related
to current regulations over cruise ship operations in Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary and address public questions.
For more background information, click here
For more ways to get involved with this issue:
1. Review the background information and link above; 2. Attend this information session
or watch the session on-demand on the Monterey Channel (monterey.org/tv) (NOTE:
this event may also be streamed live); and 3. Send additional questions not addressed
during the session by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, July 15, 2019.
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