Whalefest Monterey SymposiumEvent Date:
Jan 25 - Jan 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Old Fisherman's Wharf
1 Old Fisherman's Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
The Whale Watching Capital of the World™
Don’t miss it! Monterey Old Fisherman's Wharf Association presents the 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey™ to be held at and around Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California, The Whale Watching Capital of the World™ on Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
This free, fun and educational interactive family event for all ages celebrates the biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and much more! The event, which features a 2-day Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and dozens of exhibit booths, benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Enlightening and edutaining interactive exhibits at the upcoming 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey include dozens of marine related exhibits by numerous local organizations including Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Greenfield Community Science Workshop, Marine Life Studies, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Seafloor Science ROV, Student Oceanography Club Creative Ocean Painters, Sustainability Office of the City of Monterey, Communities for Sustainable Monterey County, The Marine Mammal Center, Save the Whales, Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station, Ventana Wildlife Society and more.
The 10th Annual Whalefest Monterey Symposium will include these outstanding presentations by renowned marine science experts and more to come! (Subject to change)
- Mimic Competition: John Ryan, MBARI
- Paul Michel, MBNMS, Superintendent (Update/Introduction)
- Chad King, NOAA (Octopus Garden-Davidson Seamount)
- Admiral Jon White, RET USN, President & CEO Ocean Leadership Consortium (Ocean Security)
- Peggy Stap, Director Marine Life Studies & Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® (Update and new project)
- Dave Ebert, Pacific Shark Research Center
- Wallace J. Nichols, Author, Blue Mind, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
- Tom Escher, Red & White Fleet (Battery Operated Enhydra)
- Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates (Underwater Acoustics)
- Colleen Flannigan, UCSC
In addition, Save the Whales returns with Dee, the 43-foot inflatable whale model people can go inside of and see its internal organs, and photo ops with costumed creatures roaming the area.
There will be up to five boats at the California Dock at Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf including the Fulmar (NOAA’s research ship), Curret’Sea (Marine Life Studies research and WET® vessel), the Coast Guard 43’ foot boat, the Sheila B. from Moss Landing Marine Lab and The Pearl (Monterey Fire Boat).
Monterey Abalone Company will host Abalone Races in front of Big Fish Grill and Moss Landing Marine Labs will be the non-profit recipient. Monterey Bay Whale Watching will host scrimshaw-making using soap. Chefs from the Wharf will conduct cooking demos in front of Abalonetti Bar and Grill. Discovery Whale Watching/J & M Fishing will host Gyotaku, the Japanese art of stenciling fish and an orca.
On the Causeway will be Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club boats, US Coast Guard 29’ foot boat, US Coast Guard Auxiliary exhibit, COASTIE, the Safety Boat, and the Science Seafloor ROV.
Maritime Historian Tim Thomas will conduct 90-minute free Wharf Walks at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday (Meet outside of Harbor House at the head of the Wharf).
There will also be a variety of live musical entertainment as well as an information and merchandise booth, with Whalefest Monterey T-shirts and aprons for donations.
Weather permitting, whale watching tours, fishing, sailing and glass bottom boats will be operating from the Wharf (many at discounted rates). Wharf restaurants will be serving lunch and dinner. Wharf shops will also be featuring marine-themed merchandise.
Corporate sponsorships are available this year. Please contact Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis at [email protected] for more details.
Ride the free MST Trolley to the Wharf from the East and West Garages. MST Trolley details click here.
Special discount Hotel Rates: Stay for the weekend!
Special Whalefest Monterey discount room rates are available at some local Monterey Hotels, including the Portola Inn and Spa. Subject to availability, guests can reserve rooms for a discounted rate. January 24, 25 or 26, 2020 at this website: https://be.synxis.com/?Chain=18268&hotel=65712&rate=WHALFST
Also, there will be discount room rates at the Comfort Inn Monterey Bay at 2250 North Fremont in Monterey. Please call the hotel directly to arrange the discounted rate. The Inn at 1252 Monterey is located at 1252 Munras Avenue: 831 372-2908. www.stayatmonterey.com and Comfort Inn Monterey Bay, 2050 North Fremont Street 831-373-3081 www.montereygetaway.com.
For more information about Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf, go to www.montereywharf.com or call (831) 238-0777.
Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who continue 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).
More details to come!
Thank you to our valued sponsors that include Fisherman's Wharf Association, California State Parks, Marine Life Studies, Save the Whales, United States Coast Guard, Wecker Group, KSBW TV, Central Coast ABC, Estrella TV Central Coast, Monterey Herald, Santa Cruz Waves, and KAZU FM. Shagbag Radio Show, Access Monterey Peninsula (AMP Media), Letty Sloma Photography, Fashion Streaks, Monterey Signs, Aquafina and Old Fisherman’s Grotto.
Here is some information about our recent 9th Annual Whalefest Monterey.
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
JANUARY 2019 - PAST EVENT INFORMATION...FYI
Whalefest Monterey 2019 Symposium Presentations
Roberta Atzori, Ph.D., Sustainable Hospitality Management Program, CSUMB, “Ecotourism as a Tool for Marine Wildlife Conservation”
Roberta Atzori is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, where she teaches and conducts research within the Sustainable Hospitality Management Program. Her research interests include sustainable tourism and hospitality, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in tourism destinations and hospitality businesses. She has published several journal articles and book chapters and has spoken at numerous international conferences across the world.
Brian Balcom, CSA
“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Working to Remove Ocean Plastics”
In 2013, The Ocean Cleanup (TOC), a not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands, began development of a system designed to collect macroplastics from the world’s oceans. Through a series of trials and errors over several years, TOC finalized development of the Ocean Cleanup System (OCS). Named System 001, the OCS is a passive drifting barrier designed to collect all floating macroplastics in the upper 3 m of the ocean using ambient winds and currents. In June and July 2018, TOC completed a tow test in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco to test the integrity of the system. In September 2018, TOC successfully completed Pacific Trials, a two-week long testing of the system ~350 miles offshore San Francisco. In October 2018, System 001 was deployed ~1000 miles offshore in the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch, where it will be continuously monitored for the next 12 months. CSA supported TOC during 2017-2018 by evaluating the environmental impact of the OCS, and proposed a series of mitigation measures designed to minimize environmental impact and acquire data on how System 001 affects marine organisms. CSA is also collecting data on the presence and concentration of microplastics found beneath the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch. Our presentation will 1) summarize the OCS System 001, its purpose, and effectiveness 3 months after its deployment in the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch; 2) highlight the positive and negative impacts of the OCS and the effectiveness of the mitigation measures implemented during its deployment; and 3) summarize the data collected.
Mr. Balcom is a Senior Scientist with CSA Ocean Sciences Inc., working out of their western regional office located in Monterey, California. Mr. Balcom is a benthic ecologist with nearly 40 years of experience in biological baseline studies, impact assessments, and marine research. Mr. Balcom has specific expertise with assessing and mitigating the environmental impacts associated with energy-related exploration, development, and decommissioning, including oil and gas, wind energy, and marine minerals. He has worked off of all of the U.S. coasts and internationally in Europe, the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia. He frequently consults with foreign ministries, local researchers, and non-governmental organizations regarding current environmental regulations and available mitigation and monitoring measures. He was one of the Federal government’s chief scientists investigating the effects of the Exxon Valdez spill on intertidal and subtidal environments of Prince William Sound, and was a contributor to water column and benthic sampling design and data interpretation following the Deepwater Horizon spill. With four adult children, he has resided in Monterey County for 20 years with his wife, Corkey.
Calder Dyerle, Sea Harvest
“A Fisherman’s Efforts to Prevent Gear Entanglements”
Local fisherman, Calder Deyerle, has become a familiar name within the community. He has a deep appreciation and passion for the ocean, and is working to ensure it remains healthy for generations to come. Calder will discuss his involvement with local lost gear recovery projects, which remove lost or abandoned fishing gear from Monterey Bay to prevent entanglements with marine life. He will also discuss his involvement as an active member and industry representative on the California Dungeness Crab Gear Working Group, which is working to evaluate the fishery and its interactions with migrating whales. Finally, he will talk about industry efforts on fishing gear innovations aimed at reducing entanglements with marine life.
Calder Deyerle is a third-generation fisherman out of Moss Landing, CA. His father, Richard, and uncle Daniel are the owner of Sea Harvest restaurants and wholesale seafood business by the same name. Calder fishes for King salmon, California halibut, black cod, rockfish and Dungeness crab. Calder is an active participant in conservation and management efforts both locally and state wide, helping to ensure that future generations have continued access to the resources.
Sherry Flumerfelt, Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust
“Creating a Sustainable Fishing Future for Monterey Bay”
Monterey Bay is a region celebrated for its deep history and culture of commercial fishing. However, the fishing industry has struggled in recent years due to fluctuations in the health of fish stocks, complicated and expensive regulations, weakened infrastructure, and competition with foreign imports. Fortunately, things are starting to look up for the local fishing community. In 2014, representatives from the fishing industry, City of Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and others came together to establish the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust (MBFT), a nonprofit with a mission to advance the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Monterey Bay fisheries. Ultimately, MBFT seeks to achieve a balance between a healthy ocean environment and a healthy fishing economy. MBFT’s executive director, Sherry Flumerfelt, will discuss the Trust’s efforts to strengthen the viability of commercial fishing businesses, increase access to local, sustainable seafood, and support and enhance fisheries conservation and management.
Sherry has spent her career working with coastal communities to find the balance between environmental and economic sustainability. Since 1999, she has worked for nonprofits on a range of issues including commercial and recreational fisheries, marine tourism, marine protected areas, sustainable financing for conservation, and ocean awareness. She helped launch the Trust in 2014, and was hired as the executive director soon after. Prior to this, Sherry was a consultant supporting organizations such as CATCH Alaska, the California Fisheries Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Between 1999 and 2007, Sherry worked for the Coral Reef Alliance, an international coral reef conservation organization, where she led conservation and awareness programs in Melanesia, Micronesia, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii. Sherry holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Guelph in Canada.
Tyler Gagne, Monterey Bay Aquarium
“Tracking ecosystem changes with seabird feathers”
The pelagic realm is a dynamic region affected by climate change, human impact, and commercial fisheries. We’ll talk about how we can use seabirds as indicators to reveal the status and condition of this environment. Using north pacific seabird feathers from museums we discuss changes in food webs over the past 125 years. This work has shown that multiple species of seabirds track the complex changes occurring in marine ecosystems.
Tyler Gagne is an Assistant Research Scientist with the Conservation Research team at Monterey Bay Aquarium. He has a background in quantitative ecology and completed his masters at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently working on research that utilizes machine learning and other analytic tools to better understand biodiversity, illegal and unreported fishing, and climate change impacts.
Bill Gilly, Ph.D.,Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
"Gone but not forgotten: What happened to the Humboldt squid? “
Humboldt squid were abundant in Monterey Bay in the first decade of the 21st century, but the last we saw of them was during a wave of strandings that passed across local beaches in late 2012. The presence of these large predators in Monterey Bay had many positive and negative effects on a variety of species, including humans. Whether we miss them or rejoice at their exit, we can wonder where have these creatures been since 2012, why did they leave, and when can we expect them back? This talk will provide an update on what we have learned about the flexible life-history of Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortez, where they are still found – but at a greatly reduced size of an individual squid.
William Gilly has been a Professor of Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove since 1980, and he was brought here by our local market squid. His career started by studying the physiology and biophysics of how nerve cells transmit electrical impulses and using giant nerve fibers (axons) of the squid as a model system. That work – and the ready access to healthy squid in Monterey Bay – led him to study how the giant-axon system is used during escape responses in the living animal, how the system develops as baby squid learn to capture fast-moving prey, and how skin-color changes are controlled by the nervous system. Work on Humboldt squid started in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, in 2001. Electronic tags revealed how the squid moved vertically in the water column and spent much time in a midwater low-oxygen habitat. This time the squid came to him, and Gilly expanded the work on Humboldt squid to Monterey Bay after 2002. Gilly’s work has been featured on National Geographic and Discovery TV shows and in online and print media. In 2004 he led an expedition that retraced the 1940 Steinbeck-Ricketts voyage to the Sea of Cortez. He is on the Board of Directors of the Western Flyer Foundation that is restoring the vessel used in 1940 as an educational platform to be based in Monterey.
Steve Haddock, Ph.D.,MBARI
“Who Glows There? A Natural History of Natural Light in Monterey Bay”
The presentation will introduce the mechanisms of bioluminescence and fluorescence, and show a sampling of the diversity of marine organisms using these traits. Some potential natural functions of biooptical displays will be explored, and videos of bioluminescence in action will be presented.
Steven Haddock studies marine diversity, molecular biology, and bioluminescence at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and UC Santa Cruz. He specializes in fragile gelatinous jellyfish-like creatures that are abundant in the water-column of the deep-sea and open ocean. In addition to conducting research expeditions around the world, he uses genetic methods to reveal the relationships between organisms and to understand the proteins that they use to make light. He also runs the Bioluminescence Web Page (biolum.eemb.ucsb.edu), the citizen-science project jellywatch.org