CRUISE SHIPS IN THE MONTEREY BAY SANCTUARY
Did you know that you can file a public records request with the city of Monterey and they will answer your questions within 10 days?
What we found out:
- The city of Monterey took in $187,859 in revenues from cruise ships last year.(2018)
- There is no cap on the number of cruise ships visiting the sanctuary. At least 20 are scheduled for 2020.
- In addition to the Crystal cruise ship violation where they dumped 36,400 gallons of raw sewage in the sanctuary in 2002, there was a cruise ship water violation in 2017. It has not been publicized because it is still being investigated. Meanwhile that cruise line is continuing to send ships to the sanctuary.
- The Coast Guard is tasked with inspecting the cruise ships for water violations (they do not monitor the air pollution or the underwater noise pollution). But the Coast Guard is tasked with many jobs, search and rescue, drug interdictions and military maneuvers. So the inspections on cruise ships are ‘random’ and not logged.