Whalefest Monterey Symposium Presentations - Virtual

Event Date:
Mar 18 - Mar 20, 2022 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Enjoy viewing the 11th Annual Whalefest Monterey (that aired January 26-29, 2021)anytime on the Whalefest Monterey You Tube Channel!

Watch via You Tube, click here 

Links to Whalefest Monterey Presentations from 2016-2020 are below.

Thank you so much for donating to support Whalefest Monterey. Click Here or Here 

Coming up in 2022:

12th Annual Whalefest Monterey Announces New Dates: March 19 and 20, 2022

 The Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World 

June 2021. Monterey, CA. Save the date for the 12th Annual Whalefest Monterey on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2022.

This edutaining family friendly event will be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Custom House Plaza -Monterey State Historic Park.  The event will also feature a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts. Whalefest Monterey includes fun activities for all ages, musicians, boat displays and dozens of fascinating marine-related interactive exhibits by numerous local organizations.

Whalefest Monterey benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Of special note is that in 2022, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of ocean protection and the 30th anniversary of the local Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who come to feast on a “krill and anchovy buffet” in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Throughout the year, this Whale Watching Capital of the World offers sightings of 15 species of whales, 10 species of dolphins, 2 species of porpoise, 6 species of pinnipeds and 1 species of Fissiped (sea otter).

Corporate sponsorships are available.  Please contact Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at [email protected] for more details.

About NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Serving as the trustee for 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 600,000 square miles of protected marine and Great Lakes waters. Few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the system, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The system works with diverse partners and stakeholders to promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places. A healthy ocean is the basis for thriving recreation, tourism and commercial activities that drive coastal economies. Backed by one of the nation's strongest pieces of ocean conservation legislation, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, sanctuaries seek to preserve the extraordinary scenic beauty, biodiversity, historical connections. and economic productivity of our most precious underwater parks.

For more information to www.montereywharf.com or www.whalefest.org or call 831-238-0777 or email [email protected] 

Please stay in touch! To receive updates about other future Whalefest programs, please send your name and email to [email protected] with that request. We'd greatly appreciate your feedback about Whalefest Monterey. Please send your comments about Whalefest Monterey to [email protected] Thank you!

2021 Whalefest Monterey Program Schedule: Click Here


At a Glance - About Whalefest Monterey - January 26-29, 2021 - Click Here


Background Information: Presenters, Exhibitors and Musicians - Click Here


Thank You to our Valued Sponsors:


AquaFina; Arts Council for Monterey County; Fisherman’s Wharf Association;  90.3 KAZU; KMBY; KSBW/ABC/Estrella TV;  Letty Sloma Photography; Marine Life Studies;  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; Monterey Herald;   John and Marylyn Rallis; Shagbag, Dave Marzetti, KION; The Wecker Group


More about Whalefest Monterey


Whalefest Monterey, a recent recipient of the prestigious Sea Star Award from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, has been held for the past decade as a free, fun and educational interactive public event for all ages on Old Fisherman’s Wharf celebrating the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Traditionally, the event attracts thousands of visitors to Monterey and features a 2-day Symposium in a conference setting with world-renowned marine experts, creative activities, musical entertainment, and dozens of exhibit booths with interactive displays that showcase marine life, educate about ocean related environmental issues, and emphasize sustainability practices. It benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). People come from around the world to view the many whales, orcas, dolphins, seals and sea lions, otters and sea birds in Monterey Bay.


For more information about Whalefest Monterey, go to the Whalefest page on www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.



Please donate to Whalefest Monterey by clicking HERE.

Here are links to the Whalefest Monterey Presentations for 2016-2020:

Whalefest Monterey 2020 Presentations:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

#1 William Oestreich, Shirel Rachel Kahane-Rapport, James Andrew Fahlbusch, and Will Taylor Gough--Students from Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. "The Formative Stages of Becoming a Whale Researcher"


#2 Paul Michel, MBNMS. "An update on the latest developments concerning the Sanctuary"


#3 Chad King, MBNMS. "Octopus Garden and a Whale Fall: Recent Discoveries in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary"


Welcome. Mary Alice Fettis, Whalefest Committee Chair   


Welcome. Mayor Roberson  


#4 Julie Packard, Exec Dir. Monterey Bay Aquarium, with Erika Mahoney, KAZU. "If we're talking about saving the planet, we're talking about saving the ocean: A conversation with Julie Packard “


#5 Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, “Ocean Security: Breaching Challenges Through The Power Of Partnerships”


#6 Colleen Flanigan, Living Sea Sculpture/ UCSC. "Art and Science for Coral Reef Restoration"


Sunday, January 26, 2020

#7 Steve Mandel, Executive Director, Oceans 360. “Using Virtual Reality for Ocean Conservation Education”


#8 Wallace J. Nichols, PH.D., Author Blue Mind. “Whales are Medicine”


#9 Peggy Stap, Marine Life Studies. “Whale Disentanglement by the General Public:  Good Intentions, Bad Decisions and Updates of The Whale Entanglement Team (WET)®” 


#10 Brandon Southall, Ph.D., Southall Environmental Associates. “Listening to California’s Whales: Acoustic Science to Inform Conservation and Inspire the Next Generation”


 Whalefest Monterey 2019 Presentations 

Whalefest 2019 - Whale Conservation Efforts, California



Whalefest 2019 - Creating Sustainable Fishing Future



Whalefest 2019 - Whale Entanglement Team



Whalefest 2019 - Monterey, Abalone Capitol of the World



Here's the link to Sunday's Lectures.  


Whalefest 2019 - Ecotourism as a Tool for Marine Conservation



Whalefest 2019 - Great Pacific Garbage Patch



WhaleFest 2019 - Shrinking Squid & Climate Change



WhaleFest 2019 - Tracking Ecosystem Changes with Seabird Feathers



Whalefest Monterey 2018 Symposium YouTube Links


Elan Porter Hopkins Marine Station: What Can Undesirable Fish in Whale Food Tell Us?



Paul Michel National Marine Sanctuary 2018 Update



Greg Cailliet  Moss Landing Marine Lab Below Pacific Tides



Peggy Stap Marine Life Studies WET Saving Whales from Life Threatening Entanglements



Anne Warner Research Scientist Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution



Heirs to Our Oceans



Benyamin Rosental Stanford University



John Pearse Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz, “The Strange and Wonderful Sex Life in the Rocky Intertidal”



John Ryan, MBARI & John Joseph, NPS. "The Ocean Soundscape is a Whalefest"



Alison Haupt CSUMB “Integrating Marine Research into the Classroom”



Steve Shimek The Otter Project “You Otter Like this Video”



Whalefest  Monterey 2017 Your Sanctuary TV link to you tube presentations



Whalefest Monterey 2016 Your Sanctuary TV link to you tube presentations