These times they are a changing . The evolution of awareness and action to protect the Monterey Bay have required great vigilance from the communities that surround it . The Monterey Bay became part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary established in 1992.
In 1989 the City of Santa Cruz , CA had great foresight on issues that where polluting the Monterey Bay . Polystyrene (styrofoam ) and now we are clearly aware single use plastics once in the ocean do not go away . These things have collectively over many years been poisoning and killing our marine life . The City of Santa Cruz recently amended their ordinance in 2017. The County of Santa Cruz California also implemented this successful model for reducing single use plastics.
In 2009 The City of Capitola , CA adopted a similar ordinance to protect the Monterey Bay .
Now in 2018 the City of Carmel , CA has joined the fight to address the current issues we face with the population growth of the region and more specifically the amount of tourism that visits this small coastal community. These economic factors also bring a whole host of new challenges to our fragile ocean environment .
Plastic was invented in 1907 and no one could have predicted this material would be so durable and as time passed would be used in so many products . The thing is we have used it in so many products that are designed to be used once then thrown away , but they don’t degrade. Plastic items big and small have permeated our landfills and polluted one of our most vital resources water .
We are just starting to understand how adversely it has impacted our oceans and all that lives in it. Moving forward plastic has entered the food chain , which includes the food we eat from our oceans and waters .
The great thing is as more coastal communities are made aware of what others are doing in the monterey bay they can emulate the actions the above communities have resolved to be the next step forward .
Brent Allen Outside is based in Carmel by the sea , CA . We are committed to protecting the Monterey Bay / Carmel Bay / Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Our sincere gratitude to the Mayor of Carmel Steve Dallas and the city council for taking this step forward in protecting this unique part of the california coast .