SAC Meeting Minutes
BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
June 4, 2004
Pacific Grove, CA
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) Advisory Council met
on Friday, June 4, 2004, at Canterbury Woods, California. Public categories
and government agencies were present as indicated:
State Parks: Dave Vincent
Large: Robert Frischmuth
Large: Mike Laffen
Large: Deborah Streeter
& Industry: Nancy Black
& Harbors: Brian Foss
Coastal Commission: Charles Lester
Dept. of Fish and Game: Paul Reilly
EPA: Russ Jeffries
Resources Agency: Brian Baird-ABSENT
Coast Guard: LT Deborah Darminio
following non-voting members were present as indicated:
Channel Islands NMS: Chris Mobley-ABSENT
Gulf of the Farallones NMS: Brady Phillips
Cordell Bank NMS: Dan Howard-ABSENT
Elkhorn Slough NERR: Becky Christensen-ABSENT
Monterey Bay NMS: William J. Douros
present in audience:
Phil Jenkins-CA State Parks
I. CALL TO ORDER, ROLL CALL, ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS
Mayor of the City of Pacific Grove, Morris Fisher and Carol Baker
Raj, Director of Admissions for Canterbury Woods, welcomed the
Advisory Council to the City of Pacific Grove and Canterbury Woods.
Mayor Fisher introduced Pacific Grove Council member Don Gasperson
who was sitting in the audience.
IN OF NEW MEMBERS
Douros swore in the five new Advisory Council members: Nancy Black,
Business/Industry primary, Anjanette Adams, Business/Industry alternate,
Gary Pezzi, Recreation alternate, Tim Frahm, Agriculture alternate,
Steve Clark, Education alternate.
OF NEW MEMBERS
of the five new Advisory Council members gave a brief history of themselves
and the reason they applied for the Advisory Council.
OF 4/2/04 DRAFT MEETING NOTES
The SAC adopted the minutes from the April 2, 2004 Sanctuary Advisory
Council meeting with no changes.
introduced by Stephanie Harlan, seconded by Chris Harrold
(Vote: 17 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
TRIP TO ITALY
spoke briefly regarding his six-month assignment to Italy.
He explained that he was going as part of a new International Studies and Collaboration
Management Program to evaluate Italy’s
approach and strategies to managing marine areas. He will
return in January 2005. Holly Price will be acting Superintendent
while Bill carries out the temporary assignment.
PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Streeter, Advisory Council chair, made note of the death of former
Advisory Council member, Tony Warman (former Business alternate
for 2001-2004). She read from his obituary that donations on his behalf
should be made to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation.
Thomas, President for the Carmel River Steelhead Association, expressed
his concerns regarding the threatened coho salmon and the endangered
steelhead salmon. He asked that the sanctuary give these species
and others like it high priority when doing research and undergoing
management efforts. He commented that the sanctuary had been given
$50,000 by the National Marine Fisheries Service salmon education,
but little has been done here on the coast regarding restoration
and protection of these species.
Fosmark, representative for the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable
Fisheries, asked why, out of the seven applicants for the Business/Industry
seat, the one endorsed by representatives of the business community was
not chosen. Stephanie Harlan, a recruitment subcommittee member, commented
that the subcommittee did not feel the person endorsed by some members
of the business community was an appropriate candidate for the business
seat because he was not actively running or owning a business. She stated
that this person was a wonderful representative, but in another category
such as research.
Fischer, Sanctuary Education Panel member and Pacific Grove resident,
commented on Bill’s earlier mention
of the telepresence at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. As a
Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteer, he commented that it is an opportunity
to tell visitors that creatures in Monterey Bay are being seen
across the country.
Shimek, Conservation alternate and Executive Director for the Otter Project,
announced the spring sea otter count will be out by June 18th. When reading
the report on the count, Steve suggested that an influencing factor is
the weather conditions at the time of the report. He also noted that
dead strandings are at an all time high (up 103% in a 10 year average)
and that pup counts for the spring and fall were the lowest as a percentage
of the population.
Dieveney, Save Our Shores, extended an invitation to a workshop they
will be hosting, Mountains to Marine Reserves. This workshop is designed
to inform watershed groups about marine protected areas. The workshop
will be held on Tuesday, June 15th at the Seymour Discovery Center from
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Admittance is free.
JOINT MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW
ACTION PLAN BUDGET ESTIMATES
Morton, Management Plan Coordinator, presented the Advisory Council
with an Excel spreadsheet outlining the budget estimates for each
action plan that will be contained within the Draft Management
Plan. He explained that the numbers were just estimates based on
staff’s analysis of what it would take
to implement the plans. He expressed that these summaries were
not yet complete and that information on staffing levels, field
operation costs and additional direct costs needed to be added.
explained that staff was seeking the Advisory Council’s
input on prioritizing the strategies and/or activities to aid in
phasing of their implementation. This prioritization was needed
because it was unlikely that funding would be available to implement
all of the action plans right away. A subcommittee, consisting
of Steve Shimek, Frank Degnan, Paul Reilly, Robert Frischmuth,
Nancy Black, Chris Harrold, Kirk Schimdt, Dan Haifley, Mike Laffen
and Mike Bekker, was formed to develop a process and criteria
for the Advisory Council to use at its August meeting to help
the MBNMS prioritize the implementation of the action plans.
The subcommittee will meet on July 9th.
Council members asked several questions, such as:
Why the variability in number of staff?
A: The number of staff depends on what projects are being done that
To help defray some of the cost, has charging for the visitor center
A: It has been discussed, but as a federal facility built with government/
public dollars, charging may not be possible or appropriate. There
will be a book/gift store that will generate some money to help pay
for salaries for visitor center employees.
After year five will you have to let people go?
A: The reality of the staffing will be that we won’t hire as
many from the get go and stagger them so we aren’t bringing
them on and letting them go.
Is the cost of the new boat included in this estimate?
A: The cost of building it is not, but the staffing and maintenance
gave brief updates on each of the following projects:
nominated two of the 30 recipients recognized nationwide; Monterey
Bay Kayaks was recognized for their sustained contributions to the
environmental community and MBNMS over the past ten years and Hannah
Nevins, candidate at Moss Landing Marine Labs, was recognized for her
work coordinating the BeachCOMBERS effort for the past several years.
Sediment Master Plan
Sediment Master Plan is being prepared by the Resources
Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The plan
focuses on developing an implementation strategy for
integrated, state-wide solutions to sediment management
problems. The MBNMS and AMBAG co-hosted a workshop at
the request of the State Resources Agency.
workshop addressed state permitting requirements, storm water programs
and Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can be implemented to improve
water quality. It was sponsored by the Sanctuary's Water Quality Protection
Program, led by Chris Coburn, in coordination with AMBAG, the California
Coastal Commission, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control
Board and several local jurisdictions.
workshop, entitled “Be Smart About Desal,” covered
topics including: introduction and background
to desalination, case studies, federal and state perspectives,
environmental impacts, and regional collaboration.
It was co-sponsored by the MBNMS with AMBAG, in association
with the County of Monterey Water Resources Agency,
City of Santa Cruz, California Coastal Commission,
Save our Shores, and Moss Landing Harbor District.
The event attracted nearly 200 people from various
kayak outreach program has grown from 9 volunteers
in 2002 to over 50 this year. This year’s program
launched Memorial Day weekend and will operate Fri-Sun
along Cannery Row and in Elkhorn Slough throughout
summer. The program received a $800 contribution
from the Otter Project (Steve Shimek) which will
go toward outfitting the kayakers; other support
provided by Monterey Bay Kayaks, Eskape Sea Kayaking,
Peaceful Paddling, Perception Kayaks, Kokatat Kayak
Connection and Jan Shriver, a private kayak instructor.
event held May 1st was the 5th Annual Snapshot Day within the MBNMS
and the Second Annual Coast-Wide Snapshot Day. Two hundred volunteers
monitored water quality of 165 sites from Pacifica to Morro Bay, measuring
water temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and
collecting water samples for laboratory analysis of coliform bacteria,
nitrate and orthophosphate.
collaborating with the City of Monterey, the Alliance
of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries and the
Monterey History and Art Association (Maritime Museum)
to hold a June 6th open house and fishing boat tours
with local fishermen on Monterey’s
new bilingual Spanish/English children’s book
published by the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation for the MERITO
program. It tells the story of a young boy’s
imaginary journey through the MBNMS. It was authored
by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Lena
Shiffman (both award winners). The official book
release, reading and signing will be held on
Sunday, June 20, 1-4 at the Northridge Mall outdoor
MBNMS is going through a 5 part process required by
NOAA to plan, scope out, design, construct
and occupy a new MBNMS exploration Center in
Santa Cruz. The City of Santa Cruz is a major
partner in the process. Requests for Qualifications
for both Architectural &Engineering
and Interpretive design firms were let through the City; there
have been 26 Architectural &Engineering
submissions and 13 Interpretive. The City,
the MBNMS and Booz Allen Hamilton (a nationally
known firm hired by the NMSP to assist with
the process) will review the submissions. A
SEP member and representative from the National
Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) will also
help review interpretation submissions. Overall,
the plan is to have public finds appropriated
through Congress to pay for construction of
the building and private funds, raised with
help from the NMSF, pay to outfit the center.
purpose of this expedition for June 2-9 is to complete subtidal surveys
of kelp forest communities and collect information helpful to assessing
impacts from the CalTrans road maintenance activity. The Shearwater
will return to the MBNMS October 18 - November 5. We are planning studies
on the distribution and abundance of jellyfish, camera surveys of the
seafloor, and an outreach day in Half Moon Bay
to Advisory Council Charter
to the Charter, which were approved by the Advisory Council, have been
submitted to headquarters. Those include changing Coast Guard from
voting to non-voting, changing fishing to commercial fishing, creating
a recreational fishing seat and clarifying the recreation seat is non-extractive.
letter to Pacific Fishery Management Council
the June 17th meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management
Council in Foster City, MBNMS will make a presentation
on the potential for and potential impacts of
krill harvesting in sanctuary and Pacific ecosystems.
MBNMS, GFNMS and CBNMS will jointly request that the
Council use its authorities under the Magnuson-Stevens
Act to prohibit the harvesting of krill within
the EEZ, or at a minimum, within the boundaries
of the sanctuaries. This proposal and presentation,
which follows up on a formal letter recently
sent to the Council, was developed as part of
the JMPR process for the three sanctuaries.
meeting for MBARI “MARS” cable
June 9th MBNMS and the State Lands Commission will cohost two Public
Scoping Meetings on a project proposed by MBARI, entitled Monterey
Accelerated Research System (MARS). The project would involve 51 km
of cable and one scientific observing mode to collect in situ information
on physical, chemical and biological factors. The purpose of the hearing
is to gather public input on the scope of issues which should be evaluated
in the EIS/EIR and considered in the permit review for the project.
in the Classroom
Fishermen in Classrooms project makes funding available to Monterey
Bay area fishermen to give presentations in selected elementary schools
about the past and present fishing industry and the life of fishermen.
In its pilot year in the Monterey Bay area, the Fishermen in Classrooms
project has worked with two underserved schools in Monterey County,
Bayview and Crumpton Elementary School. Next school year it will target
an additional two schools working with approximately 180 students.
McARTHUR II CRUISE PRESENTATION
Burton, Research Assistant, gave a presentation on the recent McArthur
II research cruise. The presentation highlighted the many different
partners involved in a cruise of this nature, the different equipment
used to identify species and to map the seafloor. It was commented
on how amazing this cruise was in the fact that staff was able
to produce real time data analysis within a week of the cruise.
12:15 – 1:15
Harlan, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) representative,
gave a brief history of AMBAG and their interest in the Advisory Council.
She addressed the seven issues taken up by the AMBAG Board regarding
the Sanctuary Advisory Council at their May 12th meeting.
the next agenda, AMBAG will be approving a letter to go out to sanctuary
constituents soliciting proposals for a process to recruit new members.
The AMBAG Board has also expressed an interest in seeing Advisory Council
members fill out a conflict of interest statement prior to serving
on the Sanctuary Advisory Council.
Advisory Council members that attended the last AMBAG meeting expressed
their frustrations with how AMBAG is conducting its investigation of
Advisory Council governance without an effort to observe Advisory Council
meetings or work directly with Advisory Council members.
was suggested that the Advisory Council send a formal written invitation
to AMBAG Board members to attend an Advisory Council meeting so Board
members can see first hand how the Advisory Council operates.
Vreeland, Monterey City Council member and Monterey representative
on AMBAG, addressed the Advisory Council and explained that there
is concern about the Advisory Council selection process and that
Kathy Fosmark’s remarks that morning
were representative of that concern.
Advisory Council agreed by consensus to send a letter to the AMBAG
Board inviting them to Advisory Council meetings. The letter will include
a meeting calendar and a roster of Advisory Council members.
UPDATE ON THE NORTHERN MANAGEMENT AREA
gave an update on the transition team meetings that have taken
place since the last Advisory Council meeting. He commented that the
meetings have gone very well. He estimated the Advisory Council will
see the plan developed by the transition team in July or at the August
Streeter, Advisory Council Chair, informed the Advisory Council that
she had a conversation with Gulf of the Farallones NMS Advisory Council
Chair Barbara Emley. She stated that they want the Advisory Councils
to work closer together and to provide each Advisory Council with an
agenda for upcoming meetings. She commented that the GFNMS Advisory
Council has moved their December meeting so that the two Advisory Councils
can have a joint meeting at that time.
was suggested that there be a regular agenda item for an update from
the MBNMS Advisory Council/GFNMS liaison.
SAC MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Jeffries, CA EPA representative, announced that Regional Water
Quality Control Board will be holding a hearing on the Agriculture
waiver on July 8th in Watsonville.
Clark, Education alternate, announced that the recent Sanctuary Education
Panel meeting minutes were passed out.
Phillips announced that the Gulf of the Farallones NMS Advisory Council
meeting is June 17th in San Francisco near the Gulf of the Farallones
Lester, CA Coastal Commission, announced there are three new commissioners
appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Coastal Commission. Bonnie
Neelly, Meg Caldwell and Steven Kram will be joining the CCC meeting
in Long Beach the following week.
Canale, Fishing primary, announced the Commercial California King
Salmon season opened on May 1st. Fish caught are averaging 18 pounds.
There is a lot of upwelling taking place in the bay and there are a
lot of krill and whales. Buy wild salmon!
SET AUGUST 6, 2004 AGENDA
NEXT MEETING: CAVALIER OCEANFRONT RESORT, CAMBRIA
The Advisory Council agenda for the August meeting in Cambria will
focus discussion on the Northern Management Area and the Joint
Management Plan Review.
The Advisory Council also expressed earlier in the day that they would
like to have a brief update on the MARS Cable at the August meeting.
introduced by Paul Reilly, seconded by Brian Foss
(Vote: 14 in favor, 0 opposed (unanimous))
meeting will run from 9a.m.–6 p.m.
meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator