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Winter 2016 Recruitment for Multiple Sanctuary Advisory Council

MBNMS is recruiting for multiple members for the Sanctuary Advisory Council. All applications must be in no later than Monday, February 29th by close of business. For more information, please contact Nichole Rodriguez at (831) 647-4206, or by email. (2/1/16)

Monterey Bay 2015 Condition Report Partial Update Now Available to the Public

National Marine Sanctuary Program Condition Reports provide a summary of resources in each sanctuary, pressures on those resources, current conditions and trends, and management responses to pressures that threaten the integrity of the marine environment. Specifically, the reports include information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, maritime archaeological resources and the human activities that affect them. The previous MBNMS Condition Report was released in 2009. (1/4/16)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) To Start It's Management Plan Review Process

In September of 2015, the sanctuary begins an update of its management plan, a robust, collaborative document providing critical guidance for sanctuary operations. It is time to refresh the 2008 document and update its contents to ensure the sanctuary's natural and cultural resources are better understood and continue to be protected through management informed by our current knowledge of this special place and the pressures placed upon it. (8/27/15)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping for the Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP) Desalination Facility

CalAm has proposed a 10,627 acre-feet per year seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility, with the intent to replace existing water supplies for their Monterey District service area. It comprises various facilities and improvements, including: a sub-surface seawater intake system; a 9.6-million-gallons-per-day (mgd) seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant; desalinated water storage and conveyance facilities; and expanded Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) facilities. Potable water produced by this project would be stored on a 46-acre site located north of the City of Marina on unincorporated Monterey County property. (8/26/15)

What's up with Harmful Algal Blooms and Domoic Acid Poisoning?

MBNMS waters in the Monterey Bay are experiencing a sporadic harmful algal blooms (HABs) and domoic acid event. HABs and domica acid are caused by high concentrations of certain free-floating single-celled plants in the ocean (known as phytoplankton) that produce toxins that spread into the marine ecosystem. Of approximately 5,000 known species of phytoplankton (microalgae), only a few dozen are known to produce toxic chemicals that can harm fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, and humans. (7/16/15)

MBNMS announces a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Public Scoping for the Proposed Monterey Bay Regional Water Project Desalination Facility

DeepWater Desal, LLC has proposed a 25,000 acre-feet per year seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination facility and co-located seawater-cooled 150-megawatt computer data center campus located approximately 1.5 miles east of Moss Landing, Monterey County, and associated seawater intake and brine discharge pipelines that would extend west from Moss Landing Harbor to the upper reaches of the submarine Monterey Canyon and the north shelf, respectively, within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. (6/8/15)

Snapshot Day Multi-Year Report: A Citizen Science Success Story 2000-2013

Snapshot Day began as a volunteer monitoring effort on April 22, 2000 – Earth Day, through a joint collaboration with the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC), The Ocean Conservancy and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Snapshot Day was intended to get a “snapshot” of the quality of water flowing into MBNMS while raising awareness about watershed health. The Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network (Network) was formed as a consortium focused on organizing citizen monitoring programs to provide a cost effective way to build an informed community with knowledge about watersheds, pollution prevention, threats to good water quality and to train volunteers to collect robust and meaningful water quality data. Continue reading the rest of the report here (M PDF). (5/4/15)

Final Rule for Revised Introduced Species Regulations Released

After extensive discussions with the State of California, NOAA is publishing a final rule prohibiting introduced species in the state waters of the Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries (GFNMS and MBNMS). This final rule clarifies that introduced species are prohibited in the state waters of the two sanctuaries with the following two exceptions: catch and release of striped bass, and shellfish species introduced as part of state permitted commercial aquaculture activities in the Tomales Bay region of GFNMS. It also allows MBNMS to consider authorization of state permits for certain introduced species of shellfish that may be reared in future commercial aquaculture projects in state waters of the sanctuary. (2/19/15)

MBNMS/NOAA Release Final Environmental Assessment For CalAm Test Slant Well Project.

"MBNMS/NOAA has finalized an Environmental Assessment (EA) (5.7M PDF) which analyzed the potential impacts of a slant test well project proposed by California American Water, a privately-owned water and wastewater company, and prepared a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (474K PDF) to the environmental resources within MBNMS and adjacent shoreline areas. The proposed project described in the EA has been evaluated for consistency with the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), sanctuary goals and objectives, and ONMS and MBNMS permitting regulations. The environmental impacts of the permitted action are described in the EA, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and related implementing regulations.” For more information, please contact Bridget Hoover by email. (11/16/14)

New 'Whale Alert' iPhone/iPad App Gives Public An Opportunity to Directly Participate in Whale Conservation

The updated free Whale Alert app now supports reporting of whale sightings by the maritime community and the broader public. This information is shared in real-time with leading whale researchers and state and federal management authorities. In some cases, whale sightings will trigger confirmation “over-flights” by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) or the United States Coast Guard (USCG) who will then determine whether or not temporary speed restrictions should be created (Dynamic Management Areas). (9/11/14)

MBNMS Superintendent Requests Public's Help To Protect Sanctuary Wildlife

Whales in Monterey Bay National Narine Sanctuary need your help! Humpbacks and other marine wildlife are once again feeding close to shore. Enjoy them from a distance. Please respect these incredible animals and their natural behaviors. Give them plenty of room to feed and move through the area. The last thing anyone wants is harassment of a whale, or worse, an overturned boat and someone injured from getting too close. Read her statement. (7/31/14)

Job Announcements

  Position Announcement: Sanctuary Exploration Center Program Assistant
This is a term-employment position through the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF), on assignment to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Duties for the employee working with CMSF and MBNMS staff include the following. For more information, download this job description (109K PDF). (4/24/15)
  1. Assist in the daily operations at the Center:
    • Open and close the center
    • Operate and troubleshoot computer equipment associated with exhibits
    • Greet and receive visitors
    • Assist in Guided tours at the Center
    • Answer questions about Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Santa Cruz area
  2. Act as a point of contact for volunteers at the center during open hours:
    • Deliver briefing to volunteers at the beginning of a shift
    • Assist Volunteer Coordinator in day-to-day activities at the center
    • Work with volunteers on the exhibit floor
  3. Administrative Duties:
    • Data entry and management of Exploration Center database using Microsoft Excel
    • Track visitor numbers at the Center daily and update visitor log monthly
    • Assist with SEC educational activities as needed
    • Assist with special events and projects as needed
  Position Announcement: Sanctuary Exploration Center Maintenance Specialist
This is a term-employment position through the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF), on assignment to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). Duties for the employee working with CMSF and MBNMS staff include the following. For more information, download this job description (192K PDF). (4/24/15)
  1. Ensure excellent operation of the Sanctuary Exploration Center by providing facility maintenance, upkeep, evaluation and repair. Identify, analyze, recommend and complete necessary paperwork to improve facility operations. This includes:
    • Facilitate maintenance of all building systems for optimal functional operation
      (e.g. HVAC, emergency systems, solar, garden, elevator, plumbing)
    • Ensure building and exhibits physical space are maintained and cleaned on a regular basis
    • Schedule and coordinate contractors for janitorial, landscaping and other building services
    • Troubleshoot facility related problems/issues as needed
    • Develop and maintain a monitoring program to ensure that the related greenbuilding aspects of the facility are appropriately functioning. Track utilities use
    • Maintain the freshwater system for a 14,000 gallon tank.
    • Maintain all facilities records related to overall facilities operations, purchasing and maintenance, including a maintenance expenditures spreadsheet
    • Maintain an online, year-round calendar of scheduled and completed facility maintenance
    • Complete all necessary paperwork to purchase and maintain equipment and supplies for the Exploration Center
  2. Perform a variety of semi-skilled work in facility maintenance, repair and minor upkeep including some plumbing, filter maintenance, exhibit maintenance and light fixtures
  3. Investigate, assess and report on deterioration of or damage to the Sanctuary Exploration Center's interpretive exhibits and facility infrastructure. Assist, develop and oversee work on displays and exhibits indoors and outdoors
  4. Assist in ensuring proper safety standards are incorporated in staff and visitor areas
  5. Perform other duties as assigned by the Deputy Superintendent or Center Director from time-to-time
Critical Outcomes
  • The following critical outcomes will result:
    • A fully functioning and clean building and grounds that provides state of the art exhibits to at least 60,000 visitors per year and conducts facility rentals, special events and education programs
    • Provide a safe environment for any visitor to the center and for the MBNMS staff
    • Provide maintenance records and track expenditures throughout the year

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Snapshot Day Multi-Year Report: A Citizen Science Success Story 2000-2013 (5/1/15)


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