to our wonderful volunteers!
We celebrated our volunteers on January 14th at Fort Mason
Sanctuary Volunteer of the Year: Bruce Browser
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Breen
Sanctuary Advisory Council Volunteer of the Year: Jaime Jahncke
Visitor Center Volunteer of the Year: Alice Cuneo
Beach Watch Volunteer of the Year: Michael Pierson
Rocky Shore Volunteer of the Year: Josie Iselin
Media Appreciation Award: Peter Fimrite
Educator of the Year: Jessica Torres
LiMPETS Teacher of the Year: Karen Proehl
20 Year Recognition
Staff: Jan Roletto & Rich Stallcup
15 Year Recognition
10 Year Recognition
Don Engler (Beach Watch)
Sanctuary Advisory Council
5 Year Recognition
John Largier (SAC)
Mary Sue Kelly
Congratulations Ed Ueber!
We are excited to announce that our former Sanctuary Superintendent and long-time FMSA board member Ed Ueber will be recognized with a Bay Hero Award in March! Ed is a longtime advocate for ocean protection through his work in fisheries, ocean, coastal and bay protection, and educating thousands of Bay Area residents on the importance of protecting the entire San Francisco Bay ecosystem.
"The Bay Hero Award, created in 2011, honors those who have significantly increased the public's understanding of, and concern for, the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. The Bay Hero publicized the threats to the Bay ecosystem, which is key for addressing these concerns and restoring the health of the Bay-Delta estuary." - The Bay Institute
FMSA wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the family and all those affected by the recent passing of Judy Rodgers, former FMSA member of its Board of Directors and owner of internationally recognized restaurant Zuni Café. Judy was a long time supporter and key organizer of the Association's Ocean Fest events. We will greatly miss Judy's passion and tremendous support.
Lots is going on with the LiMPETS Program!
Some recent press:
Santa Catalina students monitor tide pools as part of LiMPETS program
Students part of statewide citizen science program
The Herald (Monterey Bay area, California)
December 7, 2013
Where are all the sea stars?
Massive mortality raises questions and concerns
Cedar Street Times (Pacific Grove, California)
December 7, 2013
Students explore sea organisms
Times Press Recorder (Santa Maria, California)
November 22, 2013
What's wrong with this Sea Star?
Starting this summer, sea stars (aka starfish) along the west coast from Alaska to Southern California have been dying – due to what scientists are calling “wasting syndrome.” The stars first begin to wither and then disintegrate -- this is quickly wiping out sea star populations along the west coast!
As reports continue to become more frequent and widespread, LiMPETS students have mobilized. This November, students are counting stars within permanent plots at our LiMPETS sites along the coast. Based on our student surveys, it appears that the disease has already decimated populations near Half Moon Bay and elsewhere. More broadly, our student efforts are helping to inform a centralized effort led by UC Santa Cruz to track the extent of the disease. For more information, visit the UC Santa Cruz Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Network website.