Sea stars

Sea stars, anemones and mussels demonstrate the bio diversity and habitat created by the offshore oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel in a photograph from Bob Evans’ exhibit on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum through May 13.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum will present a panel discussion “Marine Megatropolis: Stewardship/Alternatives/Other than Oil for the Offshore Platforms” on Thursday, March 29, in the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss possible uses for the existing offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel including tourism, aquaculture and alternative power generation. Attendees are welcome to ask questions and propose their own ideas for alternate platform uses.

The panel includes underwater photographer Bob Evans, who has extensively documented the marine habitat created by the offshore platforms, Holly Lohuis of Ocean Futures Society, Dr. Milton Love of the UCSB Marine Science Institute, Marc McGinnes of the Community Environmental Council, Environmental Defense Center and the Environmental Studies Department at UCSB and Linda Palmer, the first woman to graduate from U.C. Irvine in Environmental and Civil Engineering, after which she was hired by Chevron as a Research Engineer, tasked with establishing programs for Chevron’s offshore compliance after the Environmental Protection Agency was established in 1970.

Evans’ “Marine Megatropolis (1974-1981)” photography exhibit will be on display at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum through May 13, and attendees of the library panel discussion will receive free admission tickets to the SBMM exhibit. Refreshments will be served at the library event. For more information, call Jennifer Lemberger at the Santa Barbara Public Library 564-5621.

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