Information Item: Superintendent’s Report Important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff over the last two months.
Update: Sanctuary Advisory Council Summit
Report on meeting highlights from the May Sanctuary Advisory Council Summit in Savannah, GA.
Information Item: Beach Closures and Nearshore Water Quality Update on water quality at MBNMS beaches based on data from AB411 monitoring and sanctuary volunteer monitoring programs as well as highlights of the latest technology and research occurring in MBNMS to address this issue.
Visit the Sanctuary Exploration Center Walk to the Sanctuary Exploration Center site to view construction.
LUNCH (at the Depot Park)
Information Item: Santa Cruz Harbor Tsunami Recovery Description of recovery efforts to the Santa Cruz Harbor after Japan tsunami damage.
Update: Ecosystem Based Management Initiative (EBMI) The EBMI is moving through its information gathering phase with completion of a workshop on unique and rare features, a recreational boating speaker's series, and continued planning for stakeholder involvement in the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.
Information Item: Petition to Establish a 10 Knot Vessel Speed Limit A group of environmental organizations has petitioned the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to regulate vessel speeds as a means of protecting whales from ship strikes and reducing air pollution. This item is to provide information on the petition, on sanctuary efforts to prevent whale strikes over the past 5 years, and on management options and constraints.
Sanctuary Advisory Council Calendar Review calendar for agenda items for the August meeting.
***ALL TIMES ARE ESTIMATES***
Materials corresponding to items on this or other agendas are available here or contact Nicole Capps at (831) 647-4206 or by email.
From the North:
Take Highway 1 south to Santa Cruz. Turn right on Laurel Street. Turn right onto Center Street. The Santa Cruz Police Department will be on the right.
From the South:
Take Highway 1 north to Santa Cruz. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Half Moon Bay/Santa Cruz/California 1 and merge onto CA-1 N/Santa Cruz Hwy. Continue onto CA-17 S (Signs for Ocean Street/Beaches). Slight left onto Ocean Street. Turn right onto Broadway. Continue onto Laurel Street. Turn left onto Center Street. The Santa Cruz Police Department will be on the right.
There is some parking available in the Police Department lot. There will be parking passes available for those who are unable to park in the lot. The parking passes will only allow individuals to park on Maple Street and Washington Street and in a small lot adjacent to the Police Department lot. As these spaces are available to the general public, we are not sure how many spaces will actually be available.
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The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established by Federal law to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. Since its establishment in March 1994, the Council has played a vital role in the decisions affecting the Sanctuary along the central California Coast. The Council's nineteen voting members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. In addition, the respective managers for the four California National Marine Sanctuaries (Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary) and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve sit as non-voting members. Members are appointed competitively by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and serve three-year terms. The Council meets bi-monthly in open sessions located throughout the 360-mile boundary of the Sanctuary.
The Council maintains a firm commitment to the goals and objectives of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Program. The Council appreciates the efforts of volunteers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens, without whose support the mission of the Sanctuary would be difficult to realize.