SAC: Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes August 28, 2001
Working Group Meeting
August 28, 2001
were 11 people in attendance at the meeting.
Price and Pat Matejcek gave a brief update on the Pajaro River Flood
Control Project. The CWG agreed to draft a letter on this issue to the
SAC for their consideration, raising concerns about the potential impacts
of the project on the riparian habitat values and endangered salmonid
species and urging Monterey and Santa Cruz counties to consider upstream
flood reduction and non-structural alternatives. Kaitilin agreed to
draft this letter.
- The Monterey
City Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 30 from 4-5 pm
to consider the MBNMS management plan review.
Frediani (Marine Fish Conservation Network) made an announcement about
the Fisheries Recovery Act sponsored by Rep. Farr and the need for support
for this bill.
noted that the public comment period regarding the Fiber Optic Cables
Fair Market Value policy was re-opened. The CWG agreed to draft a letter
to the SAC with recommendations on this issue (following comments from
earlier CWG discussion on this issue). Kaitilin agreed to work on this
Benson of MLML and NMFS
gave a presentation on bycatch in the gillnet fishery off the Central
Coast and provided copies of Karin Forneys published papers on
this issue. In brief, discovery of a large number of beach cast birds
lead to reinstating observer coverage in the fishery, which in turn
demonstrated high level of bird bycatch as well as significant marine
mammal bycatch. As a result, the Dept. of Fish and Game instituted regulations
pushing the fishery further offshore, into deeper water where bird and
marine mammal interactions are expected to be reduced. Scotts
made the following recommendations regarding Sanctuary involvement in
bycatch: (1) The MBNMS could serve as a central repository for data
on fishing effort/location, marine mammals and birds, and bycatch; (2)
the Sanctuary could use GIS to map resources, fishing activity and potential
interaction sites; (3) the Sanctuary should continue BEACHCOMBER monitoring
Starr of CA Seagrant
gave a presentation on his current project updating the Fisheries Resources
of the MBNMS publication. Rick noted that poor logbook reporting in
CA makes fishblock catch data virtually useless. He discussed status
and trends for several different species and habitat associations. Rick
noted that in spite of the fact that various factors influence fishstocks
(such as climate, El Nino, etc) and the complexity and inherent uncertainty
in fisheries assessment, we do know enough to conclude that overfishing
is affecting some species.
- The CWG
reviewed the draft matrix of conservation priorities to present to the
SAC at the Oct. 5th SAC meeting. Several changes were suggested mostly
emphasizing stronger protection of sanctuary resources. Finalizing the
matrix will be the subject of the next CWG meeting.
next CWG meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18th from 9:30-12:30
at the Moss Landing Harbor District meeting room.