RAP Meeting Minutes April 2001 Meeting
Research Activity Panel Meeting Summaries
Chris Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium, RAP Chair
2001 RAP MEETING
Friday, April 13, 2001 9am-12pm
Attendance: 9 RAP members, 10 guests
Update: Monterey Bay Aquarium (Chris Harrold)
The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation
of the oceans through live exhibits, education outreach, research &
2001 Budget: 41 million
Research and Conservation Activities:
(Sea Otter Research and Conservation)
Otter research, rehabilitation, and return are the goals of SORAC
program also seeks to conduct research that contributes to the long-term
conservation of southern sea otters and to improve captive management
strategies in case the wild population is lost
the 193 Sea Otters recovered since 1984, 74 were returned to the wild,
55 survived beyond the 2 week critical period, 28 survived beyond
1 year, and 4 pups born in wild to SORAC graduates
Research & Conservation Center)
goals of this program are to improve our understanding of ecology
& biology of pelagic fishes, and improved fishery management and
Monterey Bay Aquarium is also developing and expanding knowledge of
captive pelagic fishes for husbandry and display
tunas in Atlantic with "pop-up" satellite archival tags has contributed
significant information on migration patterns in this fishery
Conservation Policy (a new arena for the Aquarium)
goal is to express MBA conservation policy based on the best scientific
Seafood Watch- To increase consumer awareness of sustainable seafood
is developing partnership with seafood purveyors (e.g., Whole Foods,
Bon Appetite, Chef's Collaberative) and is developing a sustainable
seafood information center
(Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea)
in this program include Sea Web and Island Press
goal is to accelerate the pace of solutions to important marine conservation
includes the Public Forum
Oil Dispersants in Spill Response (Ellen Faurot-Daniels)
Since 1992, six area committees have been meeting regularly throughout
California to form response plans to authorize mechanical response technology.
Currently dispersants are used only with Regional Response Team (RRT)
approval. The area committees want to define a process for quicker approval.
Pre-approval zones would be in Federal waters only 3-200 mi offshore.
Sub committees have been established to gather resource information for
ecological risk assessments. New zones could be fully or partially pre-approved.
The Area Committees need Resource information. Ellen requested that RAP
members contact her via email with suggestions and contacts for resource
information. Pelagic water & upper water column information needed
the most. Ellen would like to come back to the RAP and give a presentation
on future draft recommendations
Plant Issues (Marc Del Piero)
Desalination plants are not the answer to everyone's problems! Long term
adverse impacts include damage to the seafloor where the waste comes out
(e.g., brine sinks to seafloor, and 40 gallons of fresh water produces
60 gallons of waste). MBNMS policy includes no new discharge into Sanctuary.
The Persian Gulf has the most desalination anywhere. Some studies indicate
they have impacted regional fisheries. Carmel Dam vs. Desalination plant:
in an EIR/EIS alternatives actions are mandated by CEQA and require analysis.
For more information: American Desalting Association- Has bibliography
of case studies in Persian Gulf & Caribbean & Wateruse Association
of the US- Has a Northern California office in Sacramento.
Plan Review Process (Brady Phillips)
Brady gave a brief update of the SAC meeting. MBNMS, GFNMS & CBNMS
will do their review at the same time. This is a 2-3 year process that
started in February. A state of the Sanctuary report will be available
to public in September. The public process includes scoping meetings that
will begin in October. On a side note: starting in July CDFG will hold
public meetings on Marine Protected Areas. Mary Yoklavich is in a group
of 8 advisors to the state on the MPA's. Her group would like to come
and talk to the RAP and to the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable
Fishing (Mike Rickett's group). On May 23 there is a meeting on reserves
in Inverness (call Ed Ueber for more info).
Reserve Process & Request for GIS layers (Erica Burton)
Erica informed the RAP that the Sanctuary will have an active roll in
the State's Marine Reserve process. Erica will send an email requesting
any GIS data and/or layers that RAP members might have that would be helpful
in the process. She would also like suggestions for habitats or sensitive
areas that should be included or omitted for consideration. Mary Yoklavich
stated that Nancy Wright at CDF&G has most of the relevant information
Update (Kelly Newton)
Kelly announced that the summaries from past meetings are now available
on the website at: http://www.montereybay.nos.noaa.gov/intro/advisory/rapma.html
of new GFNMS employee (Jan Rolleto)
Jan introduced Natalie Cosentino, the newest GFNMS employee. Natalie will
be working on intertidal monitoring and Water Quality.
Update (Chris Harrold)
Chris informed the RAP that the City of Pacific Grove filed an objection
to the Department of Fish & Game. The objection was reviewed and denied
because the code under which the objection was filed was deemed inapplicable.
The State says they are the ones responsible for regulating collecting
and scientific permits.
Department of Fish & Game
Friday, May 11, 2001 9am-12pm
Attendance: 12 RAP members, 10 guests
Update: California Department of Fish & Game GIS Lab (Nancy Wright)
The Marine Region GIS Lab was started in January 2000. The Lab's objective
is to map the nearshore area of California from 60 meters to shore; currently
58 out of 1100 square miles of coastline have been mapped. CDFG has contracted
several organizations to do coastal habitat mapping and multi-spectral
kelp surveys. The lab is in the process of cataloging ~11,000 kelp slides
into GIS. CDFG has mapped the range & distribution of 35 fish species.
CDFG services for the coastal community include: nearshore substrate mapping,
shallow sub-tidal substrate & bathymetry, kelp monitoring, coastline
monitoring for erosion, pollution, or emergencies, and GIS & remote
sensing support services.
information, go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/index.html
of Communities for Sustainable Fishing (Holly Price)
The Alliance was created by members of the fishing community to develop
recommendations for the upcoming Sanctuary Management Plan Review, and
to comment on marine reserve proposals by other organizations like CDFG
(for the Marine Life Protection Act process) & NMFS/ Pacific Fisheries
Management Council. Areas of interest include effectiveness of marine
reserves, bycatch, stock assessments, and observations. The first subcommittee
was formed to study reserves. The subcommittee consists of 5 commercial
fishermen (one form each of the five harbors in the Sanctuary), 1 recreational
fisherman, 1 fish processor, 4 members of SAC (fishing, harbor, conservation,
research), and 2 non-voting members (representatives of the Institute
of Fisheries Resources and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).
They envision this subcommittee working with the SAC's Research Activity
Panel (RAP) and the Conservation Working Group (CWG) to have meaningful
input on issues related to marine zones.
Life Protection Act Process (Paul Reilly)
The Marine Life Protection Act was established in October of 1999. It
is currently at the start of the public process, which may be extended.
A Master Plan Team has been assembled with 8 scientists and 6 agency representatives.
The primary requirements of MLPA are to develop alternative networks of
MPAs, review existing MPAs based on preferred alternatives, and to recommend
changes in the existing system. A new classifications system will be used
starting in January 2002. The new classifications are: State Marine Reserve-
no commercial or recreational fishing, research collecting with permit;
State Marine Park- no commercial fishing; State Marine Conservation Area-
various restrictions; and State Marine Cultural Preservation Area- Fort
Ross. Recommendations will be made for monitoring, management and enforcement,
the improvement of enforcement, funding sources, and public and agency
input and review. California is divided into 4 regions: Oregon border
to Pt. Arena, Pt. Arena to Ano Nuevo, Ano Nuevo to Pt. Conception, and
Pt. Conception to Mexico border. Public workshops will begin in July.
information, go to: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mrd/mlpa/index.html
for the 2002 Sanctuary Currents Symposium (Andrew DeVogelaere)
Andrew discussed the 3 possible themes for 2002. Resource Management Issues,
Marine Protected Areas, and Technology and Exploration. The general consensus
of the RAP was that the MPA's topic will be covered in many other forums,
and that Technology and Exploration would be the best theme. Many interesting
ideas were discussed favoring both topics. No one mentioned Resource Management
Issues. Mario Tamburri volunteered to be the RAP liaison if Technology
& Exploration was selected as the theme.
web site update (Andrew DeVogelaere)
Andrew gave a brief update of the MBNMS web site. The MBNMS web site is
being updated. Please send any comments or suggestions to Andrew.
Chris announced that the SAC annual report is now available. It was decided
that a SAC Update would be a standing item on the RAP agenda, and that
Chris would give the RAP highlights of the SAC meeting.
Assessment Project (Andrew DeVogelaere)
The NOAA Biogeography Program will be coming to California to identify
and collect selected relevant biological and physical data in a study
area from Pt. Arena to Pt. Arguello. They will start with a literature
review and then begin to collect data sets on key species and habitats.
The program has impressive GIS tools and has done lots of modeling, especially
in coral reefs.
information go to: http://biogeo.nos.noaa.gov/descriptions/canms.shtml
Meeting Update (Chris Harrold/Andrew DeVogelaere)
Chris and Andrew summarized the last MBCORC meeting. CORE has published
a white paper on the inadequacy of marine science education in K-12. The
problem of affordable housing in the Monterey Bay was also discussed.
Innovative ways to recruit employees must be developed.
Numeric Open House Update (Andrew DeVogelaere)
There was an executive session sponsored by MBCORC where Congressman Sam
Farr brought up the need for affordable housing can be solved by looking
at Fort Ord. Congressman Farr would like to see all of the institutes
in the Monterey Bay work together, and to become interconnected. The Open
House was an overall success, sharing the capabilities of Fleet Numeric
and the entire research community with the public.