Update: Ecosystem Based Management Initiative (EBMI) Staff presented EBMI goals, activities, and research directions to the Pacific Fishery Management Council in September. This update will cover that presentation and follow up, including research questions of interest to both MBNMS and the PFMC.
Information Item: Deep Water Characterization of the MBNMS Since 2007, the Sanctuary and partners have been characterizing deep waters of the MBNMS. Results of this long-term effort will be presented, including common species and habitat types, for six study regions between Ano Nuevo and Pt. Piedras Blancas.
Dr. Andrew DeVogelaere
Information Item: "Reconnecting with Your Sanctuary" – Northern Elephant Seals History on the Northern Elephant Seal and the Piedras Blancas rookery in San Simeon, CA.
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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.