On March 29, 2018, at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Santa Barbara Public Library hosted Marine Megatropolis: Stewardship & Alternatives, Other-Than-Oil for the Offshore Platforms.
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The program was shared with a standing room only crowd and kicked off the Earth Day 2018 series for the Santa Barbara Public Library.
What we see on the horizon are a string of industrial monoliths that light up the evening sea like Christmas trees. What lies below is a Megatropolis of Marine Life – a multi-generational community that is among the most productive ecosystems in the world, and, that for the more than 50 years has contributed to the bio-productivity of the California Channel Islands and the Santa Barbara Channel.
Keynote Speaker: Santa Barbara Underwater Photographer Bob Evans, who from 1974-1981 was given carte blanche access to photo-document this ecosystem as it developed. Also included in your photo tour are aquaculture programs, abalone and scallop habitats hanging below Platforms Holly, Hope and “B”. These may have been the first alternative uses of offshore oil platforms.
Be inspired to imagine new opportunities for ocean adventure and exploration:
- An open water surf park operating from Platform Holly, generating electricity using waves or currents.
- A crystal clear, open water elevator shuttling tourists from the top of platform to its seafloor bottom.
- Bring your own ideas. Ask our panel of experts.
The program concluded with our panel of experts joining Bob Evans to answer questions:
Holly Lohuis, Ocean Futures Society, who along with Jean Michel Cousteau has dove into every ocean of the world.
Milton Love, Ph.D., Research Biologist at the UCSB Marine Science Institute, who for the past 22 years has carried out surveys of the fish and invertebrate populations living on offshore oil platforms and natural reefs throughout the southern California Bight.
Marc McGinnes, environmental activist and pioneer, founding member of the Community Environmental Council, Environmental Defense Center and the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB.
Attendees received a ticket for free admission to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, where Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981) Photos by Bob Evans is on Exhibit through May 19, 2018. Refreshments provided by Kay Bowman Catering were served.
The mission of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is to preserve and celebrate the maritime heritage of the California Coast and present it to the public in an interesting and exciting way.