SAC Meeting Minutes
BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
October 4, 2002
Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula
4590 Carmel Valley Road
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) Advisory Council met
on Friday, October 4, 2002, at the Community Church of the Monterey
Peninsula, California. Public categories and government agencies were
present as indicated:
State Parks: George Cook
Large: Ron Massengill
Large: Pat Conroy-ABSENT
Large: Deborah Streeter
& Industry: Dave Ebert
& Harbors: Peter Grenell
Coastal Commission: Tami Grove-ABSENT
Dept. of Fish and Game:Frank Wendell-ABSENT
EPA: Craig J. Wilson-ABSENT
Resources Agency: Brian Baird-ABSENT
Coast Guard: LT Tom Stuhlreyer
The following non-voting members were present as indicated:
Islands NMS: LCDR Matt Pickett -ABSENT
Gulf of the Farallones NMS and Cordell Bank NMS: Ed Ueber - ABSENT
Elkhorn Slough NERR: Becky Christensen - ABSENT
Monterey Bay NMS: William J. Douros
Reilly, CA Dept. of Fish and Game
Kaitilin Gaffney, Conservation
Jeffrey Paduan, Research
Michael Murray, Channel Islands NMS
Lynn Rhodes, CA State Parks
Monty Criss, Tourism
Charles Lester, CA Coastal Commission
CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL.
Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante’s Chief of Staff, Burt McChesney,
presented a resolution commending the MBNMS on its 10-year Anniversary,
which Bill accepted.
The SAC unanimously adopted the minutes from the August 1st and 2nd,
2002 Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting, with no changes.
Motion introduced by Dan Haifley , seconded by Ron Massengill
(Vote: 13 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
Milos Radakovich spoke regarding the history of BayNet and thanked Kaitilin
Gaffney and Rachel Saunders for their support under the Ocean Conservancy.
He passed out a flyer on the upcoming training classes for new volunteers.
Steve Shimek spoke about the increase in sea otter strandings for this
Jane DeLay announced that she has taken a part time position as the
Marine Policy Coordinator with Save Our Shores. She will also continue
as the Program Manager for Camp SEA Lab.
Karen Owen introduced herself as the new Director of Science with Friends
of the Sea Otter.
Dawn Hayes announced that October 4th, 2002 was LEE Denim Day, a fundraiser
that raises money for breast cancer research. She introduced Julie Barrow,
MBNMS Education and Outreach Specialist, who is a 1-year survivor of
Rick Hanks announced that BLM Coastal National Monument is starting
their planning process. He passed out folders with information on the
Coastal National Monument. President Clinton designated the Coastal
National Monument under BLM’s jurisdiction in January of 2000.
Paul Reilly, alternate for the CA Dept of Fish and Game seat introduced
Deborah Streeter gave a warm welcome to everyone for attending the meeting
at the Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula.
III. PRESENTATION: MBNMS ANNIVERSARY: 10 YEARS OF OCEAN PROTECTION
Bill gave a brief presentation on the MBNMS’s accomplishments
over the last 10-years. He also spoke about the anniversary events
the month of September and introduced a slide show of pictures covering
all of the events. Bill also introduced a number of new Sanctuary
staff.(PDF of PowerPoint Presentation)
Kaitilin Gaffney, on behalf of the CWG, presented a framed poster to
Bill and the MBMMS staff as a thank you for all their hard work.
IV. PRESENTATION: JOINT MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW (JMPR) WORK PLAN
Bill presented the work plan summary for the JMPR. He stated that the
Advisory Council did not need to make any decisions or actions
JMPR today, but would appreciate the Advisory Council’s feedback.
Bill reviewed the summary, identifying both cross cutting and site-specific
issues. Sign up sheets were handed out to Advisory Council members
to have them choose working groups that they would like to participate
in. SAC members were also asked to identify other stakeholders that
need to be/should be involved. Members of the public who are interested
in being on a working group were asked to work through a SAC member
who could suggest them for a working group.
(PDF of DRAFT Work Plan)
(PDF of Cross Cutting Issues)
V. SAC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON JMPR WORK PLAN
Throughout the presentation, Council members asked questions. These
Were these JMPR documents posted on the web?
Answer: Sean stated that they were not on the website at this time,
but would be available shortly after the meeting.
What are guidelines for figuring out a good size for working groups?
Answer: We would like to keep them a manageable size and will decide
on a case-to-case basis.
Is there a budget for research for the working groups or do we have
to use research already done?
Answer: Depending on what information is needed, there may be a budget
How are exotic species going to be handled?
Answer: This issue is currently deferred by MBNMS, but we will work
aggressively on it in two years. Also, it is possible that another agency
will take the lead in the interim.
Are there going to be guidelines as to working group compositions and
Answer: Yes there will be guidelines, which will be provided in about
Are we going to be setting up marine reserves or making suggestions
to other agencies?
Answer: Bill responded to this question by stating the Sanctuary will
be working on marine reserves through a two pronged approach. First,
we will work as an agency partner through the MLPA process and the California
Department of Fish and Game to make recommendations for state waters.
If the state does not adapt an adequate network of marine reserves within
a few years, took no action the Sanctuary would consider implementing
reserves through its own process while working with stakeholders including
the fishing community. For federal waters, the Sanctuary will begin
working with NMFS and the fishing community to discuss the potential
need for and location of marine reserves. The goal of the Sanctuary
is to get everyone on the same page.
How will the Advisory Council give advice on the Management Plan?
Answer: The decision was made to set up a group to address this question.
Peter Grenell, Dan Haifley, Charles Lester, Stephanie Harlan, Kaitilin
Gaffney, Bill Douros and Rachel Saunders volunteered to participate
in this group and will bring back recommendations to the Advisory Council
at the December 6th meeting.
Steve Shimek suggested John Pearse as a stakeholder for tidepools. Regarding
harbors and dredge disposal he suggested we should be stricter on implementing
current regulations already in effect instead of making new regulations.
The marine reserves working group should be inclusive and balanced with
fishing group and conservation group representation.
John Fischer spoke regarding the importance of wildlife disturbance.
He stated that an important bird is the snowy plover and hopes that
snowy plovers are mentioned in this plan.
Lydia Bergen, PISCO, announced the availability of a new booklet and
video on marine reserves.
VI. SAC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON JMPR WORK PLAN (CONT.)
More questions on the process of developing a working group for the
different issues were discussed.
Holly spoke about the process for sorting and coming to a consensus
on water quality and vessel traffic issues and what criteria were
used to help in that sorting out process.
VII. SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HOTEL TAX PROPOSITIONS
Dan Haifley explained to the Advisory Council what the Santa Cruz
Hotel Tax is. The Advisory Council did not take action; they took
this as an informational item.
VIII. SAC MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ron Massengill spoke about a workshop on Salmonids on October 21st.
He invited everyone to attend.
Charles Lester announced the California Coastal Commissions meeting
next month. There will be a periodic review of the implementation of
the Local Coastal Program (LCP) for the City of Monterey. Contact his
office for more information.
Patricia Clark-Gray showed off a new patch for Boy Scouts participating
in the Coastal Cleanup for the 5th year. California State Parks produced
a new brochure on sharing beaches with the Snowy Plover.
Michael Murray announced that Chris Mobley will be the new manager for
the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) starting in November
and Matt Pickett will be leaving at the end of the year. The California
Department of Fish and Game will be meeting late in October for a special
hearing to consider marine reserves in the CINMS.
Holly spoke about the August 2002 press conference in Watsonville regarding
what was done to implement the Agricultural Plan. The press and Ag partners
were in attendance.
Dick Nutter commented that the waiver for non-point source discharges
associated with the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plan is expiring
the beginning of next year. Dick wanted the Advisory Council to send
a letter to the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) to consider
the program that the MBNMS has in place now with the Agricultural industry.
The SAC send a letter to the RWQCB asking they factor in and consider
the efforts and recommendations from the Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary Agricultural Plan as they adopt their TMDL program.
Motion introduced by Dan Haifley seconded by LT Thomas Stuhlreyer.
(Vote: 15 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
IX. ACTION: SET DECEMBER 6 AGENDA
The Annual Report will be presented by Stephanie Harlan.
The next meeting will be held in Half Moon Bay
The meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator