Cambria volunteer honored by National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

A Cambria woman was one of 14 volunteers honored during an awards ceremony hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Margaret “P.J.” Webb, Volunteer of the Year for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, was a finalist for the foundation’s National Volunteer of the Year award. Randy Rudd of the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary off Savannah, Ga., earned the top honor.

The recognition ceremony was part of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, an annual conference coordinated by the nonprofit foundation supporting the National Marine Sanctuaries. The federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oversees 13 marine sanctuaries and one marine national monuments in the waters of the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes.

Webb was honored for her inveterate volunteer work on behalf of marine species and environments, including rescuing ill, wounded or stranded marine mammals. For the past nine years, she’s been a member of and team leader for The Marine Mammal Center team in Morro Bay.

She “is one of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s most active and effective ambassadors — an incredible asset,” said Paul Michel, superintendent for the sanctuary that stretches 276 miles from Cambria to Marin County. “Her guidance, energy, humor, and tireless support have been a tremendous help to our staff.”