Using a historic, repurposed fishing vessel (The General Pershing) The Classroom on the Bay’s mission is to develop an "Environmentalist Activist Program" utilizing science, art and storytelling; emphasizing the historical Monterey sardine fishing industry, the boat builders and boat building of the sardine fishing era, as well as, the negative impact to Monterey Bay, its tributaries and the Pacific Ocean.
Classroom on the Bay plans to continue to develop relationships with local maritime historians, marine-life researchers, marine biologists and marine ecologists in order to develop a mentorship-leadership program for students, with solutions to a healthier environment. The Classroom on the Bay curriculum will meet the needs of educators to teach history and ecology of the Monterey Bay fisheries and link that knowledge to preservation activities in the ocean and watershed.
The Siino family in association with Monterey Boat Heritage. Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation will be launching Classroom on the Bay in Monterey, California in the Spring of 2024. Classroom on the Bay will provide experiential education and preservation activities regarding maritime history, as well as, the ecology of the Monterey Bay. Some instruction will be in the classroom and some aboard the General Pershing, a fishing vessel built by Monterey's Master Boat Builder, Angelo Siino in 1930.