November 20th, 2001
from Friends of the Sea Otter
Webster- Monterey City Council Meeting deciding recommendations
for Sanctuary Management Plan Review to be held on November 20th.
Morton: announced that the Sanctuary has sent letters to City Councils
and Boards of Supervisors throughout the Sanctuary on the MPR. Sean
hopes the scoping meetings will raise public awareness on MPR and
the Sanctuary will still accept comments after January from local
Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation are looking into the sea cave
developing under lighthouse field. City of SC needs to come up with
comprehensive plan for the city.
announced she is departing from SOS to go back to school and that
they are hiring for a policy assistant position.
Fisher gave a summary of First Flush and noted data from the tests
are available through Bridget Hoover.
gave power plant update noting the EPA regulations for new power
plants state you are not allowed to use once through cooling and
that they will be required to recycle the water. However, the new
regs include significant loopholes. Enviros asked for dry cooling
and may challenge the new regs.
Tenera Associates have been contracted to look at tidepools in PG
and Baynet will be involved in surveying intertidal areas between
Assilomar and Hopkins.
Morton: Sanctuary Report- the entire staff is focusing in on MPR.
Sean discussed how the scoping meeting will be run. There will be
a 20 minute intro on the MPR by Sanctuary Staff followed by small
group breakout sessions. Each group will have a notetaker who will
record individual public comments. After the small group sessions,
a summary of the issues will be put on posters and for closure to
the meeting Sanctuary staff will review the issues raised.
said he would appreciate it if CWG compiled background info from
the scientific presentations CWG received on our priority issues
for the MPR.
asked how the Sanctuary will weigh the issues raised by the SAC
compared to those raised by the public. In theory Sean said they
would be equal but in reality SAC will be weighted more.
said she would revise the TOC/SOS MPR brochure for distribution
at the scoping meetings.
Dillworth- gave a presentation on an inexpensive way to prevent
oil spills. The idea came from the aircraft industry which installs
bladders in planes to protect fuel from leaking. Fuel bladders cost
roughly $5,000.00 and in Davids estimate could reduce tanker
spills by 80%. These bladders are cost effective and could be placed
in tankers and other water craft as a preventative measure. He would
like members of CWG to bring this concept up during the MPR and
to convince the Sanctuary this is something that should be implemented.
for Sanctuary Currents 2002 Awards-
for Conservation Award- Vicki Nichols
for Citizen Award- Kaitlin Gaffney
for Public Officer- PG Mayor Sandy Kauffman
for Environmental Organization- Coastal Watershed Council
for Business- Sanctuary Cruises
for Education- Jen Jolly
update on MLPA she talked about the formation of the Coalition of
Organizations for Ocean Life (COOL) and the valuable partnership
between the dive and conservation communities. COOL members will
be meeting w/ Paul Reilly from DFG to provide input on MLPA.
adjourned at 12:00PM