MONTEREY — As the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary turns 30 this 12 months, it would be celebrated by the United States Postal Service, which can function it on a postal stamp.
The stamp will be one among 16 representing the National Marine Sanctuary System, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which oversees the National Marine Sanctuary System, the stamps function pictures of the plentiful wildlife and numerous ecosystems that may be discovered within the waters of America’s nationwide marine sanctuaries and marine nationwide monuments.
“I think it’s incredible,” stated Lisa Uttal, an training and outreach specialist with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. “We often do think about national parks, the sanctuaries are your underwater national forests.”
The Monterey Bay sanctuary will be represented with a sea otter stamp. Other pictures embody a breaching humpback whale in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts and sea lions in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in Southern California.
A map of the National Marine Sanctuary System is printed on the again of the sheet. The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves because the trustee for a community of ocean parks encompassing greater than 620,000 sq. miles of marine and Great Lakes waters, an space almost the dimensions of Alaska. The community features a system of 15 nationwide marine sanctuaries and two marine nationwide monuments, together with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, that preserve areas with particular ecological, cultural and historic significance. The National Marine Sanctuary System turns 50 on Oct. 23.
The stamps are available in a sheet of 16 for $9.60 and preorders can be made on-line at usps.com/stamps. They will be launched Friday, with a free U.S. Postal Service occasion at 10 a.m. on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave. in Santa Cruz.
The stamps embody images taken by Daryl Duda, Michael Durham, Mark Sullivan, Peter Turcik, Norbert Wu, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration staff Wendy Cover, Jeff Harris, Elliott Hazen, Joseph Hoyt, Ed Lyman, Greg McFall, Matt McIntosh, G. P. Schmahl and Kate Thompson.
According to David Rupert, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, that is the primary collection to solely focus on nationwide marine sanctuaries.
“The Citizens Stamp Advisory committee receives as many as 30,000 suggestions a year,” he stated in an e-mail. “They narrow these down to just a few dozen stamp subjects to release each year.”
While the collection is the primary to solely focus on nationwide marine sanctuaries, many stamps have featured pictures from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the encompassing space. Most lately, a photograph taken by a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute scientist of a deep sea worm from the Monterey Canyon was featured in a Bioluminescent Life stamp series in 2018. In 2012, an illustration of the Carmel Mission appeared on a stamp.