SAC Meeting Minutes
BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
December 5, 2003
Elkus Youth Ranch
Half Moon Bay, CA
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) Advisory Council
met on Friday, December 5, 2003, at Elkus Youth
Public categories and government agencies were present as indicated:
State Parks: Dave Vincent
Large: Ron Massengill
Large: Mike Laffen
Large: Deborah Streeter
& Industry: Dave Ebert
& Harbors: Peter Grenell
Coastal Commission: Charles Lester
Dept. of Fish and Game: Paul Reilly
EPA: Russ Jeffries-ABSENT
Resources Agency: Brian Baird
Coast Guard: LT Deborah Darminio
The following non-voting members were present as indicated:
Channel Islands NMS:
Gulf of the Farallones NMS: Ed Ueber-ABSENT
Cordell Bank NMS: Dan Howard-ABSENT
Elkhorn Slough NERR: Becky Christensen
Monterey Bay NMS: William J. Douros
present in audience:
CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, SWEAR-IN OF NEW MEMBERS
OF 10/3/03 DRAFT MEETING NOTES
The SAC adopted the minutes from the October 3, 2003 Sanctuary
Advisory Council meeting, with the following changes:
III, line 6 and line 12: "seal" should read "seals"
IV, line 5: change "has" to "is" or
change "making" to "made"
VII, para. 1, line 8: delete apostrophe in "Council's" line
10: Begin new sentence after "members"
VII, last para, second sentence: these are names only
and do not form a sentence.
VIII, para 1, line 4: delete "be"
-1:00 lunch, line 5: delete apostrophe in "CD's"
IX, para 1, line 2: add "the" before "task"
XI, para 6: correction: dates for CalCOFI are Nov
5-6, not Nov 5.
introduced by Dan Haifley, seconded by Richard Nutter (Vote: 19
in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
UPDATE OF ADVISORY COUNCIL RECRUITMENT
Nicole Capps, Advisory Council Coordinator,
gave a brief update on the status of the
Spring 2004 member
Mike Ferreira, mayor of Half Moon Bay, welcomed
the Advisory Council to Half Moon Bay and
Elkus Youth Ranch.
PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Bill Douros, Superintendent, highlighted the most recent
changes in MBNMS staff. Brad Damitz and Rachel Saunders
were both hired
as GS employees
agreement with the Bureau of Land Management. Brad is now an
Environmental Policy Specialist.
Rachel Saunders has maintained her current position as Community
and Public Relations Coordinator. Bill introduced the
Chetirkin. Karen Grimmer has moved from MERITO Director to fill
the Program Operations Coordinator position through an
agreement with CSUMB. Jen
Jolly, Education and
Outreach Specialist in Santa Cruz, has resigned to raise her
new baby girl.
Bill announced that the Advisory Council now had a new
office report. The format of this report is identical
to that of the Channel Islands
He encouraged members to read this newer version of the report
and provide comments on it.
Brian Baird, CA Resources Agency, announced that the
new secretary of the Resources Agency is Mike Chrisman.
Kaitilin Gaffney, Conservation primary, announced that Stephanie
Harlan, SAC Chair, is the new mayor of the City of Capitola.
Pat Clark-Gray announced that she passed out the Sanctuary Education
Panel minutes. She highlighted the new shark exhibit that will
be opening in
the Spring of 2004
at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Stephanie Harlan announced that the 3:45 item on the agenda has
Kathy Fosmark, Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries,
expressed her frustration about the doom and gloom of fisheries
on the SIMoN website.
that the fishermen did in the Fishing Related Research and Education
working group was not made part of the website. The working group
the Sanctuary staff would work with the fishing industry. Bill
suggested Kathy get
with Andrew DeVogelaere before he left to set up an appointment.
Tom Canale, Fishing primary, commented that he was disappointed
site and said
it was negative towards fishing. Kaitilin Gaffney commented that
the fishing section
of the website seemed to be taken straight from the SeaGrant
Steve Shimek, The Otter Project, addressed the Advisory Council
on the shared boundary issue between the Monterey Bay NMS and
Gulf of the Farallones
Steve commented on the statutory ban on oil and gas that Monterey
Bay NMS has, he emphasized
the need to ensure that the statutory ban would move with the
boundary if it were to change. Proponents of the boundary change
always go to Congress if the ban did not move with the boundary.
Is that something
the Advisory Council wanted to risk? Peter Grenell, Harbors primary,
commented that there was a request for the National Marine Sanctuary
Program to prepare
a detailed comparison between the statutory and legislative laws
in the designation documents.
Ruth Vreeland, AMBAG alternate, commented that Nicole Capps,
Advisory Council Coordinator, did a good job at getting information
the meeting out
to the alternates and does a good job keeping them informed.
Peggy Ruse, Friends of the Fitzgerald Reserve, read a letter
stating the Reserves stance on Motorized Personal Watercraft
and docents do
not want MPWC in or around the Reserve due to haul-out sites
for harbor seals. The letter asks that the Advisory Council
MPWC’s in the Reserve.
Mike Ednoff, San Mateo County Resource Conservation District,
commented that people from the December 4th meeting want more
of a representation
MBNMS. There are many education ideas available in the San Mateo
area and a wealth of
people to draw from. A possible way to do this is to use the
money from the oil spill many years ago. NOAA/DOC is a trustee
MBNMS could get that money to be spent in San Mateo.
Mike Laffen, Citizen At-large primary, provided a powerpoint
presentation on local issues and ways the sanctuary is and
could be conducting
the San Mateo coast.
Meg Delano, Citizen At-large alternate, gave a slide show
presentation of the Pescadero Marsh. She commented that the
the kill of migratory species. SIMoN scientists who study
the Elkhorn Slough area
could use those same techniques to study the marsh. The Pescadero
Marsh needs long term monitoring and more publicity.
John Wade, Director of Restoration for the Pescadero Marsh
Preservation Alliance, spoke regarding restoration projects
with schools in
the various counties
within their jurisdiction.
Dawn Hayes, Education and Outreach Coordinator, gave a powerpoint
presentation on the interpretive projects the MBNMS has been
working on in San Mateo
County. The MBNMS has partnered with CA State Parks to install
at the Pigeon Point lighthouse. The lighthouse, light station,
maritime history, whaling, shipwrecks, history of the station,
the four different
sanctuaries in California will be covered with the signage.
There will also be
other signage at the harbors and small state beaches. The
MBNMS also worked with the Gulf of the Farallones NMS, the
and the Cordell Bank NMS. Bill Douros commented that the
interpretive signage at the lighthouse was started and funded
by the MBNMS.
Dawn commented that
total investment, outside of staff time, is $187,000.
Simultaneously, the MBNMS is has a similar project in the
southern region of the MBNMS with the same amount of money
PRESENTATION ON MBNMS RESEARCH TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Andrew DeVogelaere, Research Coordinator, gave an overview
of the presentations that were going to be covered by
Steve Lonhart, SIMoN Scientist, gave a presentation on
the marine resources survey of Big Sur Coast that occurred
aboard the R/V
Jean de Marignac, SIMoN Scientist, spoke regarding the
MacArthur II research cruise that Erica Burton, Research
and himself participated
Erica Burton spoke regarding the Delta Submersible research
cruise on the R/V Velero. Mentioned was the trip made
to view the Montebello
Irina Kogan, MBARI Research Fellow, gave a presentation
on the ATOC/Pioneer Seamount cable research cruise.
Josh Pederson, SIMoN Outreach Specialist, gave a presentation
on the SIMoN website, which launched on October 29, 2003.
Advisory Council members
of the staff and gave very helpful comments and suggestions
on ways to improve the website.
A written version of the Research Team’s report
is available on the MBNMS website at http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sac/2003/120503/agenda.html.
At the request
of several Advisory Council members, MBNMS staff will
copies of the report available on a CD.
12:25 – 1:15
MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW ITEMS
After a brief discussion, the Advisory Council
agreed, by consensus, to submit the following
increase in the authorized appropriations (Section 313) by at
per fiscal year to accomplish
the goals of the
substantial increase in the number of permanent
federal employees to effectively
allow support for Advisory
DISCUSSION OF MBNMS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP
Streeter, Citizen At-large primary, gave a brief report of the subcommittee’s
first meeting. She explained that the subcommittee agreed that it should conduct
a deliberate a process which could take some time, to look at membership, and
that it would look at membership as a whole, not just a particular seat. She
asked if the Advisory Council would be willing to fill out a questionnaire in
an effort to help the subcommittee determine the Advisory Council’s
membership. Primaries and alternates
would need to work together to answer
and turn it into Nicole by January 9,
2004. The subcommittee will meet by the
end of January to review the questionnaires.
Comments from the Advisory Council members
and the public included: talking to past
Advisory Council members; look
at local government
northern region; the subcommittee is failing
the issue of a recreational fishing seat.
SAC MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Harlan gave an update on the Sanitation District’s
monitoring of the sewage lines
along the creeks. They started in Capitola and found
a break that affected nine homes.
Brian Barid commented that the US Commission
on Ocean policy will be submitting a
report in early
be one month
and he will
be in touch with Bill and other managers
to get input.
Chris Harrold, research primary, announced
that the Monterey Bay Aquarium has taken
more of a
stance on ocean policy.
In the spring,
be launching the Center for the Future
of the Oceans. The Aquarium will be
a director for this facility. Hopefully
the director will be on staff by the
end of the
of 2004. The
be to provide
people the tools and information needed
for marine conservation.
Frank Degnan, Diving primary, mentioned that he would be certifying the Advisory
Council members and MBNMS staff on how to scuba dive or provide refresher courses
to those who need it sometime in January.
Charles Lester, California Coastal Commission,
announced that there is a CCC meeting
in San Francisco on Wednesday,
ACTION: SET FEBRUARY 6, 2004 AGENDA
Deborah Streeter’s request for information on Department of
Defense exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
The meeting adjourned at 4:09
Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator