SAC Meeting Minutes
BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
February 6, 2004
National Steinbeck Center
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS)
Advisory Council (Council) met on Friday, February 6, 2004 at the
National Steinbeck Center, California. Public categories and government
agencies were present as indicated:
State Parks: Dave Vincent-ABSENT
Large: Margaret Webb
Large: Mike Laffen
Large: Deborah Streeter
& Industry: VACANT
& Harbors: Brian Foss
Coastal Commission: Tami Grove
Dept. of Fish and Game: Paul Reilly
EPA: Russ Jeffries-ABSENT
Resources Agency: Brian Baird-ABSENT
Coast Guard: LT Deborah Darminio-ABSENT
following non-voting members were present as indicated:
Islands NMS: Chris Mobley-ABSENT
Gulf of the Farallones NMS: Ed Ueber-ABSENT
Cordell Bank NMS: Dan Howard-ABSENT
Elkhorn Slough NERR: Becky Christensen-ABSENT
Monterey Bay NMS: William J. Douros
present in audience:
CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, SWEAR-IN OF NEW MEMBERS
The Advisory Council was welcomed to the City of Salinas and the National
Steinbeck Center by Jyl Lutes, Mayor pro tem of Salinas, Kim Greer, Director
of the National Steinbeck Center,
Dawn Mathes, Coordinator for the Central Coast County Farm Bureaus and Richard
Herrera from Assemblymember Simon Salinas' office.
APPROVAL of December 5, 2004 DRAFT meeting notes
The SAC adopted the minutes from the December 5, 2004 Sanctuary Advisory
Council meeting, with the following changes:
Member Announcements-clarify lines in first announcement.
Member Announcements-clarify what kind of dive instruction
in last announcement.
grammatical changes submitted by Stephanie Harlan
introduced by Deborah Streeter, seconded by Chris Harrold
(Vote: 11 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
Swear In of new members, Recognition of past members
Bill Douros, Superintendent, swore in the following new Advisory Council
Webb Citizen At-Large Primary
Frischmuth Citizen At-Large Alternate
Egan Fishing Alternate
Shimek Conservation Alternate
Scheiblauer, Monterey Harbormaster, who had been sworn in many
years ago, now rotates into the alternate seat for Harbors and
Marinas. Brian Foss, Santa Cruz Harbormaster, rotates to become
the primary representative.
Bill Douros recognized Richard Nutter, exiting Agriculture Primary, for all
of his volunteer work extending before the sanctuary’s designation.
Richard gave a brief speech about his involvement with the sanctuary and
the Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Ruth Vreeland Tribute
Dennis Long, Director of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation, announced
the establishment of a memorial fund in honor of Ruth Vreeland by the Monterey
Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation.
Both the MBNMS and the National Marine Sanctuary Program will be contributing
$5,000 each to the fund. Others were invited to contribute. Dick Vreeland,
Ruth’s husband, and Dan Albert, Mayor of the City of Monterey, have
agreed to be on the selection committee to help decide what scholarships
Many Advisory Council members, MBNMS staff, AMBAG members and public, shared
their memories of Ruth Vreeland.
DeLay introduced the new Save our Shores Marine Policy Education
Coordinator, Beth Dieveney. Jane also announced that Camp SEALAB
Monterey Bay will be having a workshop the following day at the
Pacific Grove Natural History Museum for ages 8-13.
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION FOR RESOURCES ISSUES THREATENING OCEANS
the past MERITO Program Director, Karen Grimmer, MBNMS Program
Operations Coordinator, introduced Michelle Templeton, the new
MERITO Program Director, and gave a brief history of the MERITO
program. She commented on the expansion of the MERITO program in
the Salinas Valley.
Michelle highlighted MERITO’s successes over the
past year. She announced that the program was waiting for
state funding for two more bilingual outreach
specialists, of which one will be a liaison for the Salinas Valley.
Staff is looking to expand the program also to the Channel
WILDLIFE VIEWING WORKSHOP
Roest, Education and Outreach Specialist, provided highlights from
the Wildlife Viewing Workshop held the night before. There were
a total of 60 attendees at the workshop.
Bill asked the Advisory Council if they had any insights
or thoughts on what the National Marine Sanctuary Program
(NMSP) could do to improve the Watchable
Wildlife Handbook and concept. Many Advisory Council members gave
comments, such as: create a video to show to large groups
in gathering areas i.e. visitor
centers, kiosks, cruise ships, etc., create a commercial that can
be shown on public info channels in hotels, a training
program for boat operators
which results in the Sanctuary’s endorsement to draw more customers
to their business, telescopes at trail side spots, signage at harbors,
REVIEW OF SANCTUARY ADVISORY COUNCIL ANNUAL REPORT
Advisory Council decided to review the Annual Report for the next
meeting because it was handed to them at the meeting.
ASSOCIATION OF MONTEREY BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS (AMBAG)
Harlan, Advisory Council Chair, gave a summary of what occurred
at the last AMBAG meeting. She commented that she had invited the
AMBAG board members to the Advisory Council meetings to obtain
more of a working knowledge of how the Advisory Council works.
She also gave a brief history as to how this issue got started.
Bill added that it seems there are three issues that are of most concern:
ability to write Congress without sanctuary management concurrence
process for selection of council members
member should fill out financial disclosure statements to see
if anyone is
influenced by outside groups
was commented that AMBAG needs to make themselves more accessible.
Materials for meetings are not posted online and it is hard
to find when meetings
are. They need to keep the Advisory Council posted as to what is going
Many Advisory Council members were unclear how the Advisory
Council became an issue of AMBAG’s and what the outcome
of it would be.
SANCTUARY PROGRAM UPDATES
Bill gave a brief update on the FY 04 budget. He described the
continuing resolution process that the NMSP had to go through.
NMSP will get an increase
in this year’s budget of approximately $15 million. Last year’s
recision took $282,000 from Monterey Bay for the visitor center which the
NMSP headquarters have said they will restore. With this year’s
budget there is little new money for construction funds. A new boat,
65 foot research vessel, will be built for the Monterey Bay NMS to
operate and share with Gulf of the Farallones NMS and Cordell Bank
NMS. There is
unfortunately no new news on getting any more FTE positions. Advice
given by Advisory Council members on ways to spend the extra money
a volunteer program and hire a volunteer coordinator and possibly
use the money to address the research priorities identified in the
Bill commented there are discussions of a big investment in monitoring
on the west coast and possibly using SIMoN as a model for that.
Bill provided an update on what the events at the January Leadership Team
meeting in Long Beach and Santa Barbara. Staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific
stated a great interest in developing exhibitory that focuses on all the
sanctuaries of the pacific in particular the California sites. The creation
of regional structures within the sanctuaries is taking place as part of
the process to make NMSP parallel to the National Ocean Service. There will
be four regions-North East/Great Lakes, South Atlantic/Gulf Coast, West Coast
and Pacific Islands. There was a panel discussion with the National Marine
Fisheries Service. There were also discussions on facilities planning and
Sanctuary Advisory Councils.
Priorities in FY 04
Bill expressed to the Advisory Council that the top priority in fiscal year
2004 is to get the management plan done and off to NMSP headquarters. Other
priorities include facilities, signage, interpretive center and increased
Joint Boundary Between MBNMS and GFNMS
Bill announced the decision on the joint boundary between the Gulf of the
Farallones NMS and the Monterey Bay NMS had been made by Dan Basta and was
going through clearance at NOS. He alerted the Advisory Council to a possible
meeting on March 3rd with Dan Basta and the Gulf of the Farallones NMS to
discuss and answer questions regarding the final decision.
DOD EXEMPTION FROM THE MARINE MAMMAL PROTECTION ACT AND ENDANGERED
announced that NMSP headquarters had required that the MBNMS staff
not give a presentation on the DOD exemption from the MMPA and
ESA because it is not a law for the NMSP to interpret. Staff tried
to get someone from the National Marine Fisheries Service to give
the presentation, but were unsuccessful in finding someone in this
area knowledgeable of the law. He pointed out that there were copies
of the law on the table in front of them and apologized for not
being able to provide them with more information at this time.
After some discussion, it was suggested the Advisory Council write a letter
to Vice Admiral Lautenbacher with a copy to Dan Basta which Stephanie will
hand deliver at the Advisory Council Chairs/Coordinators meeting.
Send a letter to Vice Admiral Lautenbacher asking for a presentation on the
topic of the recent DOD exemption from NMFS, or the NMSP.
Motion introduced by Deborah Streeter, seconded by Kaitilin Gaffney
(Vote: 11 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
UPDATE FROM ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP SUBCOMMITTEE
Streeter, At-Large primary and Chair of membership subcommittee,
gave an update on the last subcommittee meeting. She thanked the
Advisory Council members for submitting their questionnaires, but
there was some key questionnaires missing. The subcommittee will
be meeting one more time and will bring their recommendation to
the Advisory Council at the following meeting. Howard Egan, Fishing
alternate, and Brian Foss, Harbors primary, have been invited to
join the subcommittee.
It was commented that one of the seats for possible consolidation, should
the SAC recommend adding a recreational fishing seat, was the Business seat.
The question of not selecting a business representative until the subcommittee
gave its recommendation was raised. It is possible that the subcommittee
could recommend dropping the Business seat especially if the interest in
filling the seat is low, as it was this past recruitment. Bill commented
that he was comfortable not having the Business seat at the table for the
April 2nd Advisory Council meeting and the MBNMS staff could work out whatever
was needed by the June meeting. Bill stated that he needed the advice from
the Advisory Council on whether MBNMS staff should hold the Business seat
open and not appoint someone or fill the seat with this current recruitment.
The Advisory Council recommended, by consensus, that the MBNMS staff should
not fill the business seat before the April 2, 2004 Advisory Council meeting.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Harlan, Chair, announced that Congressman Sam Farr acquired $400,000
for the Sanctuary Scenic Trail, which will be split evenly between
the City of Santa Cruz and the City of Monterey. Stephanie read
a newspaper article regarding a lawsuit by the Pacific Legal Foundation
to remove the Snowy Plover from the Endangered Species list based
on junk science. She also announced the Urban Water Institute Summit
Conference, “The Clean Water Act: Can We Do Better?”on
Chris Harrold, Director of Conservation & Research at the Monterey Bay
Aquarium, announced the Aquarium was looking for an Executive Director for
their new Center for the Future of the Oceans. In addition, the Monterey
Bay Aquarium and the University of California Santa Barbara along with the
University of California Santa Cruz are working toward a joint mammal and
ocean conservation center. The new sharks exhibit, titled Sharks: Myth and
Mystery, opens April 2, 2004 at the Aquarium.
Paul Reilly announced that CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed
Mike Chrisman as the new Secretary for the CA Resources Agency and
Ryan Broddrick as the new Director for the CA Department of Fish and
Mike Laffen, At-Large primary, announced the Mavericks surf competition will
be paddle in surfing this year. Motorized Personal Watercraft will only be
there as a function of safety.
Kaitilin Gaffney, Conservation primary, asked everyone to mark their calendars
for Snapshot Day on May 1st.
Brian Foss, Harbors primary, thanked the MBNMS staff for the working with
the Santa Cruz Harbor on dredging permits. He indicated that the harbor now
had what they needed.
Nicole Capps, Advisory Council Coordinator, asked if the same members that
made up the last recruitment subcommittee could meet again for the current
recruitment selection. The same members agreed to review the current applications
at the appropriate time
The meeting adjourned at 4:00
Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator