Modesto Area Partners in Science will present “How America Protects its ‘Yosemites in the Sea’ – the National Marine Sanctuary System” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.
The speaker will be William Douros, West Coast regional director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. The free event is intended for people 13 and older.
Managing protected places in the ocean has considerable challenges not experienced in the management of national parks on land. Douros will discuss how managers ensure some of America’s most productive fisheries and the world’s most abundant marine wildlife remain that way. He also will explain how life in the Central Valley is intricately connected to the Pacific Ocean, 150 my connected to the Pacific Ocean, 150 miles to the west.
NOAA predicts changes affecting Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages the United States’ coastal and marine resources. The West Coast region for NOAA includes five national marine sanctuaries covering nearly 13,000 square miles of coastal and marine waters within the California Current.
Douros has served as superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and regulated offshore oil and gas development in Santa Barbara County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology and master’s degree in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
For more information about the MAPS program, visit http://maps.events.mjc.edu or www.facebook.com/pages/Modesto-Area-Partners-in-Science/244618054801, or contact MJC professor Noah Hughes at (209) 575-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.