MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) Advisory Council will
meet on Friday, June 2, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at The Club at
Heritage Harbor (99 Pacific Street, near the recreation trail and harbor)
in downtown Monterey.
The Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) will discuss several resource management
issues concerning the Sanctuary, including the second release of the Sanctuary's
Kelp Management Plan. "We look forward to receiving input from the Sanctuary
Advisory Council on our Kelp Plan recommendations," said LCDR Michele
Finn, Acting Superintendent, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary."
However, this meeting is only a first step in getting comments from the
public. Once released, the public will be able to comment on the plan
for 60-days and attend at least four public meetings in June and July
to address the topic." The SAC is not expected to provide final recommendations
to NOAA until the SAC's August 2nd meeting in Cambria.
Other items on the agenda scheduled for presentation and/or discussion
include and an update on the two pending fiber optic cable permits, the
sanctuary ecosystem monitoring program, the upcoming Sustainable Seas
Expeditions, progress reports from the Council's funding task force pilot
funding projects, preparation for the Council's priority setting retreat,
and potential agenda topics for the August 2 meeting in Cambria.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established
by Federal law to assure continued public participation in the management
of the Sanctuary. Its nineteen voting members represent a variety of local
user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and
federal governmental jurisdictions. The meeting is open to the public.
More information about the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council can be found at: http://montereybay.nos.noaa.gov/intro/advisory/advisory.html