Standing Item: Superintendent Report A report on important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff over the last two months at MBNMS.
Information Item: Identifying Sanctuary Ecological Significant Areas (SESAs). An update on the MBNMS process to identify ecologically significant areas to address and focus on future research & monitoring, education & management efforts.
Discussion and Possible Action Item: Debrief of the Sanctuary Advisory Council Chairs Summit Review and discuss information from the Summit Sanctuary Advisory Council Chairs Summit on December 4-6 in Santa Cruz.
Materials corresponding to items on this or other agendas are available here or contact Jackie Sommers at (831) 647-4206 or by email.
From U.S. Highway 1:
Take the Holman Highway 68 (West) 17 Mile Drive exit to Pacific Grove. Turn right and weave down through the forest on Highway 68. The right lane of Highway 68 will become Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest to the traffic light at Sinex Avenue. Turn left on Sinex and park 1/2 block down the street near the Canterbury Woods entrance.
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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.