MBNMS Visitor Center Site Feasibility Study Phase I Report was released
to the public via our website on March 28, 2003; community
has been extremely high. On Wednesday, March 26 Sanctuary staff
(Bill Douros, Dawn Hayes, Rachel Saunders and Jen Jolly) presented
report to a large self-organized group from the Santa Cruz
staff and officials from the City of Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz
Seaside Co., the Natural History Museum Association, UC Santa Cruz,
Farr's office, and state Senator McPherson's office. On Monday
March 31 the report was presented at a meeting of invited representatives
from the Seacliff State Beach and its surrounding neighborhood,
a presentation to staff of the City of Monterey is planned. The
Sanctuary Advisory Council received a presentation on the report
from the study
consultants at their meeting on Friday, April 4.
On Friday March 28th Bill Douros spoke to 60 members of the Leadership
Training course for Santa Cruz County about the MBNMS. On Sunday night,
March 30th, he addressed 250 members of the California Association
of Environmental Professionals as their keynote speaker commencing
Bill Douros, Dawn Hayes, Michele Roest and Scott Kathey met with David
Bizot and others from the National Marine Sanctuary Program headquarters
and the Institute for Exploration on the logistics surrounding the
expansion of the current "telepresence" effort in Monterey. This 2-day
workshop in late March was very helpful for all parties as it outlined
the needs of expanding the system coupled with the details of future
expansion, partnership opportunities and additional uses for the system.
For more information, contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Douros traveled to the Mystic Aquarium on May 21-22, 2003 to see
the telepresence program in action and investigate how MBNMS can better
assist Mystic staff in their outreach regarding MBNMS. For more information,
contact Bill at (831) 647-4201.
Bill met with fellow California Sanctuary Managers and the NMFS Regional
Administrator on Wednesday, June 4, 2003 in Long Beach to discuss improved
coordination between the National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine
Fisheries Service. Related to MBNMS, Bill briefed the group on the
various JMPR action plans that affect fishing.
Rachel Saunders prepared a press release for clearance announcing the
MBNMS's release of a set of proposed action plans to its Advisory Council.
The release announces the availability of the report, identifies upcoming
Council meetings and details how the public may provide comment. The
report and press release are expected to go out on June 10th. For more
information, contact Rachel at 647-4237.
Rachel Saunders prepared a press release for clearance announcing the
launching of this year's MBNMS Team OCEAN Kayak Outreach Program. The
release was cleared and distributed on May 30, 2003. A reporter from
the Watsonville paper, The Register-Pajaronian, did a story on the
program the week of June 9th. For more info, contact Rachel at 647-4237.
Bill Douros sent a letter to Patty Wolf, Marine Region Director for
the California Department of Fish and Game, requesting that the
Department back fill a recent vacancy in a CDFG marine warden position
The letter stressed the importance of continued support of the
Cooperative Enforcement Agreement and suggested future joint funding
of additional wardens to improve Sanctuary enforcement.
Management Plan Review
On April 15, 2003 Huff McGonigal, MBNMS Environmental Policy Specialist
and Rachel Saunders, MBNMS Community and Public Relations Coordinator
attended the Conservation Working Group (CWG) meeting in Moss Landing.
Huff and Rachel provided a staff report to the CWG. Directly following
the CWG meeting, Huff and Steve Lonhart, MBNMS SIMoN Scientist, helped
facilitate a meeting of CWG members and others focused on finalizing
an action plan on Invasive Species for the JMPR. For more info, contact
Huff at 647-4254, Steve at 647-4222 or Rachel at 647-4237.
On April 16, 2003 Sean Morton, MBNMS Management Plan Coordinator,
Andrew DeVogelaere, MBNMS Research Coordinator and Rachel Saunders,
Community and Public Relations Coordinator traveled to Morro Bay. Sean
a presentation at a Fisheries Workshop organized and hosted
by the Marine
Group - a group set up by community leaders in San Luis Obispo
County to consider whether or not the community should support the
of a national marine sanctuary for the waters off San Luis
Obispo County. Sean was asked to clarify the role of sanctuaries in
the status of the JMPR process and stakeholder involvement.
Andrew met with members of the fishing community who had concerns about
in fishing, and the potential inclusion of the Davidson Seamount
in the MBNMS. For more info, contact Sean at 647-4217 or Andrew
MBNMS held a June 7 workshop for the region's commercial and recreational
fishing communities to provide information on a variety of JMPR Action
Plans that relate to fishing--Marine Protected Areas, Benthic Habitat,
Krill Harvesting, Fishing in Research and Education, and Wildlife
Disturbance--Marine Mammals, Seabirds and Turtles. The workshop provided
the white paper outlining authorities under the NMSA, which was released
several months ago from headquarters, as this continues to be a topic
of concern among fishermen. The workshop was an opportunity to exchange
information with a broader array of fishermen beyond those who have
involved in our JMPR workgroups. For more information, contact Holly
Price at (831) 647-4247
Holly Price, Resource Protection Coordinator, met with the Coastal
Sediment Management Workgroup, a coalition of state and federal agencies,
several JMPR plans related to coastal erosion and sediment, including
the coastal armoring plan and the dredge disposal plan. Several agency
members of the group requested that the Sanctuary's JMPR allow a
more flexible approach to beach nourishment, which is currently considered
a discharge violation unless it occurs at an approved beach nourishment
dredge disposal site. We indicated that additional scientific analyses
of the need for and utility of beach nourishment would need to be
for us to further pursue the issue. For more information contact
Holly at (831) 647-4247.
Sean Morton represented the MBNMS at the Big Sur Multi-Agency Advisory
Council meeting on Friday, May 23rd. Sean presented the proposed
action plan for agency coordination in the Big Sur Region including
for a single website for the many agencies working on similar issues
in the area, more communication between the public and resource agencies,
and the need for one integrated resource management plan for the
coastal ecosystem. For more information, contact Sean at (831) 647-4217.
On Tuesday, June 10, MBNMS released a report to the MBNMS Sanctuary
Advisory Council with the Proposed Action Plans for the Monterey
Bay site specific
and Cross Cutting issues in the Joint Management Plan Review. This
report contains 27 action plans developed by working groups and internal
addressing issues ranging from Coastal Development to Wildlife Disturbance.
The report will be presented to the SAC on June 26 and 27 in Monterey.
The public is invited to comment to the SAC on July 30th at a workshop
in Santa Cruz and the SAC will be providing feedback to MBNMS and
NMSP on July 31st and August 1. For more information, contact Sean
Management Plan Coordinator, at 831-647-4217.
Several field staff of congressional members along the MBNMS shoreline
had requested copies of the MBNMS JMPR proposed action plans. Copies
were mailed to Alec Arago and Amanda Leland of Sam Farr’s staff,
Greg Haas of Lois Capps’ staff and Karen Chapman of Anna Eshoo’s
On April 2, Michelle Templeton gave a Sanctuary awareness presentation
to Dachen Duncain's Watsonville Adult Education class. The class
consisted of 14 beginning-high English language learners. The presentation
followed by a demonstration of the watershed model which included
information on how to protect our watershed and Sanctuary resources,
where to go
to enjoy the Sanctuary, and how to actively participate in watershed
and ocean protection on a day-to-day basis. For more information
regarding this presentation series at Watsonville Adult Education,
Michelle at (831) 423-5942.
The California Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (CA-COSEE)
Advisory Committee met on April 3rd and 4th in Monterey to discuss
the function of the group and to begin review on the general plan
out by COSEE staff and PI's. Dawn Hayes, Education and Outreach Coordinator,
is a committee member and can provide more information. Dawn Hayes
(831) 647-4256 or email@example.com.
April 22nd, 23rd and 26th were Storm Drain Stenciling Days organized
by Lisa Emanuelson, Resource Issue Education Specialist. Three separate
classes of students, two in Pacifc Grove and one in Salinas, participated
in storm drain stenciling in the neighborhoods around their schools.
Thirty-one 6th grade students from Natividad Elementary painted 18
drains along Rainier Street in Salinas. Eleven students from PG Middle
painted close to 40 drains in PG with the help of Erica Burton. The
last group of students from Pacific Grove Community High School were
out and are eagerly awaiting the rains cessation in order to begin
painting. For more information, contact Lisa at (831) 372-7918.
Michelle Templeton, Bilingual Education Specialist, gave two presentations
on watershed and marine protection to 30 beginning English language
learners through Watsonville Adult Education. The presentation was
an interactive demonstration of the watershed model. All participants
received free passes to the Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Research Reserve.
This MERITO presentation series in partnership with Watsonville Adult
Education will continue through June. For more information, contact
Michelle at (831) 423-5942.
On May 13th, Karen Grimmer led a MERITO tidepool expedition at Point
Pinos for fifteen 7th grade students from San Jose. The students
are enrolled in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program,
which is designed to ensure they enter mainstream school activities,
enroll in college, and become educated and responsible citizens.
more information, contact Karen at (831) 647-4253.
The MERITO team met with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
staff and partners on May 27 to discuss the CINMS multicultural education
and expanding MERITO to the south. MERITO will present their findings
over the past year, and make some recommendations on potential strategies
for CINMS. For more information, contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
On Tuesday, May 20th Lisa Emanuelson and Liz Love ventured out at
Point Pinos with 5 students from Watsonville High School as part
of the LiMPETS
program. The students collected data and checked species identification
within the permanent plots at Point Pinos. Also joining the group
was Matt Buonaguidi from State Parks and Satina Ciandro, a teacher
Watsonville High. For more information, contact Lisa at (831) 372-7918.
On Wednesday, May 21st Lisa Emanuelson led a group of 7 students
from Community High School in Pacific Grove for storm drain painting.
seven students, one teacher and Lisa painted 26 storm drains in a
3-hour stretch, in neighborhoods around the school. For more information,
contact Lisa at (831) 372-7918.
On May 19th, Julie Barrow, West Coast Community Liaison, co-presented
with Jennifer Stock, CBNMS, to the Ocean Shore School (300 students
and teachers) in Pacifica about research in the Sanctuaries and types
technology used. The presentation looked at work done on Cordell
Bank and the Davidson Seamount. We also showed the students what
gear a researcher might need on a research cruise.
On May 21, 22 and 23 Michelle Templeton gave presentations to 51
beginning English language learners through Watsonville Adult Education.
presentation was followed by a demonstration of the watershed model.
Free passes to
the Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Research Reserve were handed out to
all participants. This MERITO presentation series in partnership
Adult Education will continue through June. For more information,
contact Michelle at (831) 423-5942
The Sanctuary's TeamOCEAN Kayaker Outreach Program hit the water
on Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-five volunteers completed the
class on Tues. May 27, and are ready to join four seasonal staff
Sanctuary kayaks in Monterey and Elkhorn Slough to outreach to
fellow ocean kayakers
on the water. TeamOCEAN naturalists serve as docents for the
MBNMS and promote respectful wildlife watching every Friday,
Saturday & Sunday
from June through September. For more information, contact Jen
Jolly (831) 420-1630.
COMBERS surveys have been continuing in 2003. During December and January
the heavy storms took their toll. Beaches were
and tons of driftwood made for difficult beach walks. Deposition
of birds and mammals were low because of these factors. In
specimens were found including a dead Risso’s Dolphin.
Also, there were more oiled birds than in February or March.
The interesting finds
for February were that several sea otters were counted, a Xantu’s
Murrelet was found and in San Simeon there were over 100 endangered
Snowy Plovers (live) spotted. In March, there were more tarballs
Auklet, a Red-throated Loon, Black-vented Shearwater, and a
Northern Elephant Seal with a shark bite. The most unusual
find was a cow found
along Moonstone Beach in Cambria. March typically is considered
to be the month with the highest deposition of seabirds; however,
not a big increase from February’s data. For more information,
contact Jennifer Parkin at (831) 647-4204.
Volunteer training for Beach COMBERS began on May 31st and
concluded the weekend of June 7th consisting of intensive education
marine mammal, and sea turtle identification; beach survey
techniques; oil documentation techniques; and natural history
of local seabirds
and marine mammals. Beach COMBERS is a long-term monitoring
volunteers survey a 2-3 mile beach segment in the Monterey
Bay area during the first week of the month to determine rates
of beach strandings
all species of marine birds and mammals. There are now 18 more
volunteers added to the program, which puts the total at 77
to walk approximately
20 beaches in the greater Monterey Bay and Cambria areas. For
more information, contact Jennifer Parkin at (831) 647-4204.
MBNMS staff received the 3rd and final report, "Monterey Bay National
Marine Sanctuary Submerged Cultural Resources Study: 2001," by
Sheli O. Smith and Jack Hunter (Underwater Archeological
Burton, Research Specialist, is reviewing the report for
compliance with the Scope of Work. Copies were sent to Robert
Coordinator, CINMS) and Bruce Terrell (Archeologist and Historian,
NMSP) for content review. For further information, contact
Erica at (831) 647-4246.
On March 27th and April 15th, Chad King, SIMoN Data Analyst,
and Josh Pederson, SIMoN Outreach Specialist, met with Paul
Oceanic Data Center (NODC) to discuss deliverables for an upcoming
collaboration to develop SIMoN's data infrastructure. NODC
will be providing technical
assistance throughout the coming months. For more information,
contact Chad at (831) 647-4248.
On April 7, Chad King and Josh Pederson attended a data management
and visualization workshop at MBARI. They also gave a brief
on SIMoN's infrastructure. For more information, contact Chad
(831-647-4248) or Josh (831) 647-4260.
On April 15th at Moss Landing Marine Lab, Steve Lonhart, SIMoN
scientist, was a guest lecturer for Dr. Nick Welschmeyer's
seminar class. Steve gave a 45 min talk on nonindigenous species
and the various
projects underway within the MBNMS that are tackling this issue.
For more information, contact Steve at (831) 647-4222.
The research platform pages (http://montereybay.noaa.gov/research/platforms.html and
of the MBNMS website have been updated. For more information,
Jean de Marignac met with Dave Kohler from The Florida Environmental
Research Institute at the Monterey Jet Center for a demonstration
of hyperspectral remote sensing equipment aboard the NOAA airplane,
Aero Commander Shrike. The Shrike is on the West Coast until
the end of April in an effort to acquire a comprehensive set
hyperspectral images of the Central California Coast. Jean
also participated in a research cruise on the R/V John Martin
with Dr. Richard Zimmerman's
team from Moss Landing Marines Laboratories as part of extensive
groundtruth efforts to support the overflight. For more information,
at (831) 647-4214.
On April 21st, Erica Burton met with MBARI staff to determine
methods to quantify video transects from the ATOC Cable survey
off Half Moon
Bay, CA. Erica will continue to quantify video from the February
survey and the upcoming July survey. For more information on
the ATOC Cable
survey, contact Irina Kogan, Research Fellow, at (831) 647-4228.
On April 21st at UCSC's Center for Ocean Health, Steve Lonhart
participated in a CRANE (Cooperative Research and Assessment
of Nearshore Ecosystems)
meeting. Facilitated by Mary Bergen at California Department
of Fish and Game, CRANE participants from southern and central
protocols for a one-time SCUBA diver survey that will range
from Santa Cruz down
to San Diego. Funded by a grant from the California Impact
Assistance Program, CRANE has the opportunity to capture
a "snapshot" of
fishes, selected inverts, and habitat features found in nearshore
kelp beds along southern and central California. For more
Steve at (831) 647-4222.
SIMoN and Education staff interviewed 3 web design students
from MPC to fill an intern position for maintenance of the
Of the two students, Steele Davis was chosen and began working
and maintaining the LiMPETS website on June 2nd. This is a
step in forging
a relationship between the Sanctuary and the MPC web design
program to help with our current and future web needs. For
Josh Pederson at (831) 647-4260.
On Thursday, May 1st, Josh Pederson met with Tom Rebold, computer
science professor at MPC, to discuss technical needs of SIMoN
that he and his
programming students would like to help with. This is not an
internship program, but local students looking to volunteer
their time to help
the Sanctuary with technical issues. This is also the start
of a relationship between the Sanctuary and the MPC Computer
information, contact Josh at (831) 647-4260.
The Pacific Coastal Observing System (PaCOS) concept was presented
by John Hunter (Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla,
CA) to various
NOAA staff and local academic researchers during a meeting
on May 15, 2003 at the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory
California. Formerly known as the Alliance for California Current
Ecosystem Observation (ACCEO), PaCOS is a joint effort between
the National Marine
Fisheries Service, Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey), Center
for Integrated Marine Technologies (at UC Santa Cruz), Monterey
Institute, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to
extend the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigation
into central California. With seed money from SWFSC, CalCOFI
line 67 (and perhaps one other) will be occupied for four quarters
For more information, contact Steve Lonhart at (831) 647-4222.
MBNMS completed and submitted reviews of the 2003 NCCOS/proposals.
There were four proposed projects, and this format of funding
is a great improvement from the past in terms of collaboration
with the sites. For more information, contact Andrew DeVogelaere
From April 30 through May 2, Chad King attended the Spatial
and Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations (SEAMAP)
workshop at Duke
University. SEAMAP is a new program that is soliciting national
programs for marine mammal, seabird and turtle tracking and
telemetry data for public access via their interactive mapping
workshop featured presentations from data providers as well
as various data integration
and dissemination programs, including a presentation about
SIMoN given by Chad. For more information, contact Chad at
Southern sea otter deaths have increased dramatically since
1995. A total of 100 animals have washed up dead on California
The latest census for the southern sea otter indicates that
the population now stands at about 2,000, from a peak just
a few years ago of 2,377.
Researchers at UC Davis have been following this trend and
their analyses indicate that nearly two-thirds of the otters
died of some
disease of which 38% were from parasitic infections (including
acanthocephalans) and protozoa (Toxoplasma gondii and Sarcocystis,
carried only by two land-based animals, domestic cats and opossums,
The UC Davis/California Fish and Game analysis also has found
that the largest proportion of dead sea otters (47%) were 4-9
in their prime-breeding ages) which are needed for population
growth. One other unusual find is that these deaths seem to
in geographic clusters, indicating some possible link to storm-drain
information, contact Jennifer Parkin at (831) 647-4204.
The Center for Integrated Marine Technologies (CIMT, http://cimt.ucsc.edu/siteNew/index.html)
held its first quarterly meeting at the Center for Ocean Health
at UC Santa Cruz on May 19, 2003. Each of the board members
group's latest achievements and progress over the last three
months. Presentation topics covered ship-board surveys, remote
modeling, database management and data visualization, moorings,
HF radar, and outreach.
For more information, contact Steve Lonhart at (831) 647-4222.
The MBNMS completed a proposal review for the USFW on west
coast seabird studies. For more information, contact Jennifer
Sea squirts, both native and nonindigenous, were the focus
of a workshop on May 30, 2003 at Bodega Marine Lab. Led by
Gretchen and Charles
Lambert, world-famous experts on the biology of ascidians (commonly
or sea squirts), and sponsored by the National Park Service,
local biologists had a chance to dissect some of the local
and newly arrived
San Francisco harbors, Tomales Bay, and Bodega Bay. The Lamberts
have recently updated their Sea Grant sponsored survey of nonindigenous
tunicates in southern California and have the new data in review
Progress Series. For more information, contact Steve Lonhart
at (831) 647-4222.
On May 27 and 28, Chad King attended the Modeling Nitrogen
in the Watershed Workshop at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine
Marine Laboratories. The workshop included background and data
validation of a 10-year effort to model nitrogen cycling in
field crops. Presenters
are attempting to apply their model to the Elkhorn Slough watershed.
The workshop also included a hands-on training session with
their new ArcView GIS component. For more information, contact
This month the Journal of Biogeography published the paper
limits to biogeographical distributions: insights from the northward
range extension of the marine snail, Kelletia (Forbes, 1852)" by
Danielle Zacherl, Steven Gaines, and MBNMS staffer, Steve
Lonhart. Zacherl and her co-authors use Kellet's whelk as
an example system
potential mechanisms that may have influenced both the contemporary
and historic distributional patterns of this subtidal marine
snail in central
California. For more information, contact Steve at (831)
On June 11th, Dawn Hayes, Josh Pederson, John Pearse, Habib
Krit, and Dawn Osbourne met to discuss the current and future
the LiMPETS database and web-entry forms. For more information,
at (831) 647-4260.
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network,
NOAA and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation in collaboration
California Coastal Commission and the Coastal Watershed
Council coordinated the
Fourth Annual Monterey Bay Sanctuary Snapshot Day and First
California Coast Wide Snapshot Day on Saturday, May 17th.
On the Central Coast
alone, 153 sites were monitored by 155 people from Pacifica
to Morro Bay. Four
hubs were organized, one in each county, San Mateo, Santa
Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. State Senator Bruce McPherson,
to Assemblyman John Laird, and MBNMS Superintendant Bill
spoke at the Monterey hub, and Assemblyman John Laird,
Ellen Pirie, and Mayor Emily Reilly spoke at the Santa
Cruz hub. For more information,
contact Bridget Hoover at (831) 883-9303 or visit www.coastforyou.org
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring
Network and NOAA released a press release on April
2, 2003 announcing
the First Flush 2002 report. It can be downloaded
from the Network website at http://montereybay.noaa.gov/monitoringnetwork/events.html.
sampling took place at 19 sites in Monterey, Pacific
and Santa Cruz on November 7, 2002. Toxicity analysis
different marine organisms indicated that the water
from the First Flush was
toxic to the test organisms at the majority of sites.
Preliminary findings identify high copper and zinc concentrations as
to the toxicity. Each city had at least one site
concentrations that warrant more investigation and
upstream monitoring. We will
work closely with the participating cities to evaluate
what future monitoring
can be done to track sources and reduce the amount
of pollutants entering the Sanctuary. For more information, contact
Coordinator (831) 883-9303.
Sanctuary Enforcement Officer Bob Yerena and Scott Kathey
conducted an orientation tour through the northern coastal
areas of the
met with State and local law enforcement personnel on April
2. MBNMS enforcement is investigating several recent incidents,
removal of a historical artifact, flushing of a seabird
colony by private and
military aircraft, disturbance of marine mammals by a charter
boat, the crash of a truck into the Sanctuary, an overflight
coastal construction projects, discharge of cremation containers,
and discharges of jet fuel. The Sanctuary is also investigating
string of vehicle crashes into the sea near Devil's Slide.
Most recently, a large truck carrying two trailers drove
over the edge of a 100-foot
cliff into the intertidal area below. In recent weeks,
6 vessel groundings and 2 sinkings have occurred in the
Sanctuary enforcement is investigating the incidents. One
of the sunken vessels
was not recovered. No fatalities were reported. For more
information, contact Scott Kathey at 647-4251.
Special Agent Roy Torres issued two summary settlements
for elephant seal harassment and a written warning for
of a sea
otter carcass. The latter case has been referred to the
US Fish and Wildlife
Service for further action under the ESA. In addition,
Sanctuary enforcement has received three complaints of
activity. The craft, as described, are not restricted by
The P/B Shark Cat has been fitted with new twin 250 Yamaha
HPDI outboard motors and is proceeding through the engine
break-in period and sea
Scott Kathey, Bob Yerena, and NOAA GCEL conducted an enforcement
workshop at the San Simeon District office of California
Department of State
Parks and Recreation on June 12 to train and deputize California
Rangers as Sanctuary Enforcement Officers under the Sanctuary's
Cooperative Enforcement Agreement with the State.
On April 17th, Chris Coburn, MBNMS Water Quality Protection
Program (WQPP) Director, gave a presentation to the Monterey
Bay Region Storm
Task Force meeting held in Moss Landing. The Task Force,
which formed over a decade ago, was created as a forum
in meeting NPDES permit requirements for municipalities.
The presentation focused on MBNMS materials and program
available to jurisdictions
implementing their recently developed storm water management
programs. For more info contact Chris at (831) 420-1670.
Deirdre Hall and Bill Douros met with the Monterey Bay
Aquarium Research Institute, the Coastal Commission, State
Harbor District, and fishermen organizations, to discuss
the proposed submarine
cable observatory-MARS. The meeting entailed discussion
of the motivation for the project, the technical plan,
information from the agencies on the environmental review
process. MBNMS needs
to have a contractor to handle NEPA review (EIS) for this
project. For more
information contact Deirdre at firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly Bill 1296 is currently being considered by the
California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, & Wildlife.
The bill would eliminate the sunset clause from the current
on krill harvesting in
state waters and would prohibit krill harvesting in federal
waters to the extent consistent with federal law. The
bill would advance
and complement efforts that have been identified in the
Sanctuary's Krill Harvesting JMPR Action Plan to protect
a critical component
of the region's
ecosystem. For information contact Huff McGonigal at
Huff McGonigal, Environmental Policy Specialist, spoke
to the Fisheries Issues Working Group at the GFNMS regarding
that the MBNMS Krill Harvesting work group has identified.
Members of the MBNMS work group have indicated that accomplishing
including coordinating with fishery management agencies,
could be done more effectively as a joint effort between
Sanctuaries. For more information contact Huff McGonigal
at (831) 647-4254.
The CA Fish and Game marine squad within the Sanctuary
has permanently lost one position and is slated to lose
in the near future.
The combined result will result in a 40% reduction of squad
strength. This will seriously cripple the cooperative enforcement
that the MBNMS maintains with the state. The MBNMS sent
a letter to CDFG
officials requesting that a pending warden vacancy be backfilled
that the position be protected from elimination. CDFG officials
have told MBNMS staff they welcome the letter and our input
as a partner.
Warden positions are being reduced by 14% statewide in
response to state revenue shortfalls. For more information,
On May 12th, Brad Damitz, Assistant Management Plan Coordinator,
and Huff Mcgonigal met with Assemblymember John Laird's
staff to discuss
proposed state legislation regarding cruise ship discharges,
and MBNMS efforts to develop a regulation that prohibits
cruise ships in the MBNMS. For more information, contact
Brad at (831) 647-4252.
Scott Kathey attended a 2-day USCG Pacific Area meeting
to improve coordination between the Coast Guard and natural
agencies on the
management of protected species and habitats. Scott and
Maria Brown (GFNMS) delivered a joint presentation on the
partnership projects between NMSs and the USCG in the Pacific
region, and issues of concern relative to USCG operations
Potential negative impacts to birds and marine mammals
from low-flying USCG aircraft was one topic raised by several
during the meeting. For more information, contact Scott
at (831) 647-4251.
Brad Damitz attended a meeting and a site visit on May
12th, to discuss regulatory and permitting considerations
for a potential
plant in Sand City proposed by the Monterey Peninsula Water
Management District. For more information, contact Brad
at (831) 647-4252.
Holly Price and Deirdre Hall met with representatives from
the California Coastal Commission and Caltrans District
4 and District 5 to discuss
recent emergency seawalls that went in place over the winter.
These seawalls made of rip-rap were slated to be removed
there is state
interest in leaving them in place. MBNMS staff recommended
that Caltrans conduct a thorough alternatives analysis
and begin to examine long-term
solutions and anticipate erosion along Highway 1, rather
than remedy the situation by continued use of coastal armoring.
For further information
Bill Douros and Holly Price met with Caltrans District
5 and the California Coastal Commission to provide comments
Plan draft addressing highway maintance, landslide disposal
and prevention along the Big Sur Coast. After nearly 3
years of planning, Caltrans
will be releasing the drafts for public review in June.
For more information, contact Holly at (831) 647-4247.
Holly Price and Katie Siegler coordinated on providing
testimony at a Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing
settlement funds from a $5,000,000 discharge violation
from Pacific Gas and Electric. Approximately 15 speakers
support for allocating
the funds to agricultural runoff control projects which
would implement the Sanctuary's Agriculture and Rural Lands
water quality monitoring. For more information, contact
Katie at (831) 647-4219.
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring
Network completed an outreach program for Pacific Grove
Since August 2001,
the Network has visited 111 restaurants in Pacific Grove.
They were given "Best
Management Practice" materials on the topic of urban
runoff including a video, poster and brochures. The employees
to complete a
survey after viewing the video. Seventy-three surveys
were returned. In general, the restaurant owners/managers
the educational materials, especially the video which
can be used to
train future employees.
For more information, contact Bridget Hoover, at (831)
The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring
Network, in coordination with the Coastal Watershed Council
Grove have begun the Urban Watch program for the 2003 season.
A training was conducted for 20 people on Thursday, June
5th. Urban Watch is
a dry weather monitoring program in which 10 storm drain
twice a month between June and November. For more information,
contact Bridget Hoover at (831) 883-9303.
The NMFS Office of Protected Resources issued a Federal
Register Notice on May 27 requesting public comment on
the MBNMSs request
for a one
year authorization to take small numbers of California
sea lions and harbor
seals by Level B harassment incidental to permitting professional
fireworks displays within the Sanctuary in California waters,
and an application
for the promulgation of regulations governing the incidental
take of marine mammals for the same activity over a five-year
period closes June 26.
Scott Kathey was informed by the Ventura Field Office of
the USFWS that the office is completing its Biological
on the impacts
fireworks displays upon species protected under the ESA
within the Sanctuary. The BO is part of a formal consultation
Service to develop guidelines for future permitting of
coastal fireworks displays within the MBNMS.
MBNMS was notified by the USCG on the night of, June
11 that the Navy intended to recover a live WWII torpedo
which had been found on the bottom of Pillar Point Harbor
several days earlier
and detonate it offshore Thursday morning, June 12. The
originally planned to detonate just across the MBNMS
boundary within the “donut
hole” off San Francisco, and wished to proceed ASAP as the torpedo
was sitting in 10 feet of water just off the fuel dock, creating a public
safety hazard. After additional quick analyses and recommendations from
MBNMS and NMFS, the Navy agreed to move the detonation site 2 nm north
of our boundary over sandy bottom in the "donut hole" off
San Francisco to create a buffer for Sanctuary resources.
They also agreed
not to detonate if marine mammals were observed within
a mile of the detonation site. For more information,
at (831) 647-4247.
On Sunday, March 30th, Karen Grimmer and Michelle Templeton
working with Kenton Parker of Elkhorn Slough Reserve,
Jenny de la Hoz of
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Melody Randel of Pajaro Valley
Unified, and Gilberto
of Save Our Shores, led a group of 25 Latino adults
and students from Watsonville Adult School on a kayak tour
of the Slough.
The trip was
highly successful in terms of giving a positive experience
to first time kayakers, and delivering watershed protection
messages in a
was fun and meaningful. Monterey Bay Kayaks sponsored
the day at no cost. The Monterey Herald and the Register-Pajaronian
event. For more information contact Karen at (831)
During April 16th –19th, five MBNMS staff and the SAC primary
dive representative, Frank Degnan, participated in four days of fish
aboard the dive charter "Cypress Seas" organized
by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation
(REEF). The unofficial
was 47 and the group conducted approximately
130 surveys within a variety of sites in Monterey
be compiling and
sending a summary
report in the next two weeks. For more info,
contact Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
On April 27th, as part of the MERITO effort, MBNMS,
Save Our Shores, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Elkhorn
National Estuarine Research
Reserve, Ecology Action, Camp SEA Lab, Monterey Bay,
Resource Conservation District, ALBA and the City
Public Works teamed
up to provide a special "Earth Day" component of the City of Watsonville's
fifth annual Día del Niño/Day of the Child celebration.
Kid's activities involving protection of the environment, litter clean-ups,
nature walks, music, dancing, free hot-dogs, sunshine and speeches from
Assemblymember Símon Salinas and our Superintendent
Bill Douros rounded out the day. MERITO provided
t-shirts for litter clean up volunteers. The event
brought out over 2,600 children and parents. For
contact Karen Grimmer
at (831) 647-4253.
On April 27th, also as part of the MERITO effort,
MBNMS staff and MERITO intern participated in Monterey
Aquarium's 2nd annual
del Niño/Day of the Child celebration. Watershed model demonstrations
and the "Touch and Feel" box activities
were hosted by the MBNMS. A variety of hand-on kid's
dance and free admission
to children encouraged local participation by Latino
visit the MBA and learn more about ocean protection.
Also a big hit were the
Threatened and Thriving posters and left over calendars,
everything was snatched up in the first hour! For
more information on MERITO,
Karen Grimmer at (831) 647-4253.
The San Simeon Office of MBNMS hosted a lecture/presentation
by Wayne Perryman in Cambria on April 23. Perryman's
talk was titled, " The
Eastern Pacific Gray Whale: Can the environment support continued growth
of this population?" About 65 people attended,
including people who traveled from San Francisco
and Los Angeles
to attend the lecture.
For more information, contact Michele Roest at (805)
On Sunday, May 17 Karen Grimmer, Michelle Templeton
and Claudia Pineda attended the Castroville Artichoke
drew in about 15,000 local community members as well
as visitors from across the country. The MERITO team
about the Sanctuary
and provided fun activities for children. For more
information, contact Michelle at (831) 423-5942.
On Saturday, May 24th, Julie Barrow and Lisa Emanuelson
staffed a booth and our inflatable humpback whale at
the 1st annual
in Pescadero. The folks who attended were welcome to
investigate the life sized Humpback Whale (built with
the help of MAOS
pick up materials concerning the three local sanctuaries.
Highlighted was the newest of the Threatened and Thriving
and Sardines. For more information, contact Lisa at
On June 1, MERITO and Ag Plan staff teamed up to
participate in Agricultural Land-Based training Association’s Family Farm Day Festival at the
Rural Development Center in Salinas. Local organizations came out to
educate farmers and their families on how to help protect the environment
with activities and information on composting, organic farming, and resource
protection. The MBNMS provided the watershed model demonstration and
information on the Sanctuary’s Agriculture
Plan. The event brought out 60 Latino farmers and
hands-on activities, food and music. For more information
on MERITO or this event contact Michelle Templeton
at (831) 566-7569.
On Wednesday, June 4, as part of the MERITO effort,
a graduation ceremony was held for students in Pajaro
Kenton Parker of Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Pajaro Middle
School teacher Melody Randel and MERITO staff provided
The ceremony recognized students for their commitment
to watershed and ocean
protection and presented certificates, Threatened
and Thriving bilingual t-shirts, free family passes
the Elkhorn Slough
Reserve and a
poster of "The Unseen Slough". This concludes
MERITO's one-year pilot program which will result
in a kit for after
school program teachers
and leaders. Contact Michelle Templeton (831) 566-7569
On Sunday June 8, 2003 the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation
presented a special Oceans Day Award to Monterey Bay
Kayaks (MBK), a local
kayak business that has promoted ocean stewardship
and supported, through
in-kind donations and funds, some of the Sanctuary's
most visible and important
educational programs (e.g., Team OCEAN Kayak Outreach
Program and MERITO). The MBNMS co-sponsored the award
and a presentation
was held at MBK. For more info, contact Becky Ohsiek
of the Foundation at (831) 647-4209.
On June 11, MBNMS staff hosted a booth at Shifting
Baselines: The Future of the Blue Frontier. The event,
by Save Our
The Ocean Conservancy, drew a large audience, including
many sanctuary staff.
Threatened and Thriving posters were provided throughout
program and silent auction. For more information,
contact Michelle Templeton at (831) 566-7569.
Desalination effort needs leadership,” The Herald’s View,
Monterey County Herald, 3/25/03.
Tourism will be affected,” Letter to the Editor, Monterey County
Learning the language of nature,” by Courtney Semple, Monterey
County Herald, 3/31/03.
Boardwalk added as potential sanctuary visitor center site" by
Ramona Turner, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/2/03.
Groups document Monterey Bay pollutants" Santa Cruz Sentinel,
Sanctuary group to discuss visitor center", Santa Cruz Sentinel,
Monterey Bay’s welcome mat; Four sites eyed for Sanctuary visitor
center,” by Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury
Contamination warnings contested; Capitola disputes semi-permanent
beach posting," Emily Singer, Santa Cruz Sentinel,
Channel Island reserves hold lessons for Monterey Bay," Heather
Boerner, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/17/03.
Ocean pollution low after recent storm," Santa Cruz Sentinel,
Plumbing the depths of sea lion smarts; Nation's top expert in sea
lion studies calls it a day," Nicole Stricker,
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/21/03.
Cruise ships experience revival; Monterey Bay: Mercury arrives for
visit today,” by Dan Laidman, Monterey County
Visitor center worth the effort,” The Herald’s View, Monterey
County Herald, 4/22/03.
Tourism rep needed for advisory council,” News In Brief, The
In the wake of pollution; Proposed legislation would limit cruise ship
emissions,” by Dan Laidman, Monterey
County Herald, 4/27/03.
Rachel Saunders, Community & Public Relations
Coordinator interviewed with KRON-TV (NBC-
San Francisco) on Sunday,
April 27th regarding
a special TV report they are doing on cruise
Looking out for all mothers," by Dave Brooks, The Register-Pajaronian,
Study says world’s fish population dwindling,” by Nicole
Stricker, The Monterey County Herald, 05/15/03.
A watershed event; ‘Snapshots’ taken of coastal waterways,” by
Dan Laidman, The Monterey County Herald,
Photo and caption in May 19 Register-Pajaronian:
Michelle Templeton of the Monterey Bay National
talks with Mikey
the importance of protecting the watershed
during the Castroville Artichoke Festival
on Sunday, May
State compromises on tide pool policy; Pacific Grove: Agency lifts
sea life moratorium,” by Nicole Stricker,
Monterey County Herald, 5/24/03.
Cruise Ship Encounters Protesters in S.F”, Monterey County Herald,
Study Says Oceans in Peril, More Legal Protection Needed”, by
Dennis Moran, Monterey County Herald, 06/05/03.
Water Politics”, by Eric Johnson, The Coast Weekly, 06/05/03.
Deep Trouble”, by Andrew Scutro, The Coast Weekly, 06/05/03.
A ‘slough’ of facts” by Dave Brooks, The Register-Pajaronian,
Monterey Bay Kayaks recognized with Ocean Day award Sunday” Monterey
County Herald, 6/7/03.
Seattle makes waves; Alaska cruise critics worry about waste” by
Helen Jung, Monterey County Herald, 6/7/03.
The Coastal Water project: Our future” by Marc Beique, Monterey
County Herald, 6/15/03.
U.S. officials outline plans for protecting resources in Monterey Bay
sanctuary” San Jose Mercury News, 6/13/03.