Conservation Working Group Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2001
Conservation Working Group Meeting
May 15, 2001
27 people in attendance at the meeting.
Gaffney informed the group that there was an article on tidepools and
human disturbance in the 5/15/01 LA Times.
Nichols announced that SOS, CMC and WWF would be cosponsoring a public
forum with presentations from SeaWeb and on the MLPA and the Management
Plan Review on May 30th from 7-9 pm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art
noted that there are several whale species in the Bay currently and
it is a good time to go whale watching.
Report: (Holly Price, MBNMS)
- LFA Sonar
indications that Navy may be willing to stay outside of MBNMS
for comments on LFA has been extended to 5/18
120 volunteers participated, testing 140 stations for a variety
of parameters. Nitrate and coliform testing was done at every site
will be available in a couple of months
has created study group to look at marine reserves issue with the
goal of developing recommendations to the State (F&G), PFMC,
and Management Plan Review processes. Brock Bernstein will facilitate
the study group meeting and they are currently in the data gathering
Sanctuary is currently seeking funding for biological assessments
as part of the Big Sur Coast Highway study as well as updates to
the emergency response critical habitat maps.
asked for input on the 2002 symposium theme- alternates under consideration
include: the management plan review issues, reserves, and innovative
research technology. There was support from the CWG for covering
an array of management plan review issues, including marine reserves.
It was suggested that experts from other areas (other sanctuaries)
be brought in to share their experiences with issues such as reserve
? Shoreline Protection Devices Charles Lester of the CCC gave a
presentation on coastal erosion and shoreline protective devices and the
public policy issues related to use of such devices. He also explained
some of the issues related to specific seawall of riprap projects in the
Monterey Bay area such as Pleasure Point and Fort Ord. The MBNMS has played
a limited role in seawall permitting in the past.
for sanctuary involvement in this issue included: (1) assistance in coordinating
sub regional approaches to shoreline protection, (2) assessing/considering
cumulative impacts of SPD, (3) facilitating or performing research related
to sand supply and shoreline dynamics, (4) helping ensure public access
to the Sanctuary, (5) helping to identify key resources areas where SPD
may not be appropriate (such as Big Sur).
Disturbance by Trawling - Steve Webster, Monterey Bay Aquarium gave
a presentation related to concerns about impacts of bottom trawling.
Steve noted that bottom trawling is the most pervasive form of benthic
disturbance in the Sanctuary and that trawling impacts have become a
priority issue in marine conservation worldwide in recent years. Steve
circulated several articles related to impacts of bottom trawling and
handed out copies of a brief bibliography on trawling related publications
and websites. Steve noted that a subcommittee of the Sanctuary Ecosystem
Monitoring team identified bottom trawling as a top issue requiring
further study, and also noted that the one study related to trawling
and the MBNMS noted a lack of adequate control sites as all areas open
to and appropriate for trawling are trawled. Steve recommended that
the trawling concerns be addressed by creating suitable control sites
(non-trawl areas) and studying the issue further to determine what the
impacts of trawling in the MBNMS may be. CWG members voiced support
for creating no-trawl areas for scientific purposes and potentially
for conservation purposes as well. It was noted that this is an important
issues for the CWG and that more information and interaction with the
RAP and the Fishing Alliance Study Group on this issue may be appropriate.
Deirdre Hall, MBNMS gave a presentation on harbor dredging policies
and issues throughout the MBNMS. Deirdre identified the potential adverse
impacts associated with dredging and noted the various approved dredging
sites and dredge disposal sites within the MBNMS. She also gave updates
on current dredge operations at Sanctuary harbors and noted the Sanctuarys
current concerns over dredging including the desire for an efficient
and thorough process, interagency coordination, increases in volume
in disposal requests, resource concerns. Representatives from the harbors
noted their concerns that permitting for disposals is onerous and that
clean dredge materials should be considered a resource for beach replenishment.
The CWG discussed the statewide harbor associations request for
changes in Sanctuary boundaries to remove disposal prohibitions from
a wider zone around the harbors. The CWG agreed that the management
plan review process should be prepared to discuss the harbors
request and assess its potential impacts on resources. The CWG also
noted that the Sanctuary could help with: (1) further research related
to dredging and dredge disposal such as regional analysis of sediment
transport and (2) improving interagency coordination regarding permits
for dredge disposal (the SF DMMO was noted as a model process), (3)
efforts to minimize future need for dredging through improved watershed
management, breakwater and harbor design (4) assessment of impacts associated
with dredge disposal (esp. materials that are not 80% sand).
CWG meeting will be held on June 19th and will include presentations on
marine mammals, invasive species, and tidepools.