SAC: Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes September 18, 2001
Working Group Meeting
September 18, 2001
SOS, Sierra Club (Monterey and Santa Cruz), FOSO, WWF, TOC, Pelican Network,
Coastal Commission, MBNMS, John Fisher, Dave Zaches.
Molly announced that a new Sanctuary Stewards training course is underway.
announced that two Bay Net training courses were beginning one
in Monterey and one in Santa Cruz and informed the CWG of the updated
timeline for the MLPA process.
informed the CWG of the formation of a new group the Coalition
of Organizations for Ocean Life (COOL), made up of conservation groups
and non-consumptive divers and focusing on the Marine Life Protection
Act. Several CWG members are part of this new coalition. COOL is working
to identify critical habitat areas for protection under the MLPA as well
as developing outreach strategies to inform the public about the conservation
benefits of marine reserves.
noted that the public scoping meetings for the Management Plan will
take place the first two weeks in December and the first two weeks in
January and that the final schedule would be out shortly.
informed the CWG that a small vessel grounded at Pfieffer Big Sur recently,
spilling 500 g of diesel into the kelp bed and noted that removal of
grounded vessels was a problem since the Coast Guard only removes fuel
and frequently the vessel owners do not carry liability insurance.
Fisher noted that the First Flush water monitoring event would be coming
up soon (depending on when the first rain falls).
Plan Review Priority Issues:
The CWG reviewed the revised draft matrix of conservation priorities to
present to the SAC. Several changes were suggested mostly emphasizing
stronger protection of sanctuary resources. Vicki Nochols will present
the matrix at the Oct. 5th SAC meeting in Capitola.
next CWG meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16th from 9:30-12:30
at the Moss Landing Harbor District meeting room.