Business and Tourism Activity Panel (BTAP) Minutes
Meeting Date: June 7, 2001
Time: 9:00-11:00 AM
Location: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Pease, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, BTAP Co-Chair;
Ebert, US Abalone, BTAP Co-Chair; SAC member
Seavey, Monterey Abalone Company
Beach, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments
Douros, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Grimmer, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Morton, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Ivy, Santa Cruz Visitor Center
Harlan, SAC Chair
Scheiblauer, City of Monterey
Abbott, Duke Energy
Tiura, Sanctuary Cruises
Ebert, BTAP Co-Chair gave welcoming comments. Individual introductions
commenced. Dave briefed the group about the June 1st, 2001 SAC
meeting motion to endorse
the BTAP as an official working group of the SAC.
Douros, MBNMS Superintendent, gave an overview to BTAP members about
the change in status of the BTAP per the motion by the
at the June 1st, 2001 meeting. Bill summarized the SAC discussion
and his expectations as follows: the BTAP would follow the same rules
as the other
three working groups (Research Activity Panel (RAP), Sanctuary Education
Panel (SEP), and Conservation Working Group (CWG)), by working collaboratively
the Sanctuary in all efforts. This ranges from setting agendas, to
larger projects like developing business-marketing tools. The
Sanctuary’s mission for multiple
uses is a huge focus for the Department of Commerce, and is an important
part of our focus. We would like to expand that focus by working
more closely with
businesses. We need to make sure the BTAP is inclusive and reaches
out to all parts of the Sanctuary. We can offer staff support
for six meetings per year
(same as SEP). At the October 5th SAC meeting, we are allotting time
for each of the four working groups to present their own issues
and concerns in regards
to the upcoming management plan review (MPR).
Dave Ebert and Burke Pease concurred and affirmed. Dave also responded
that in his experience many are unaware of the Sanctuary and the
MPR process. He would
like to broaden the BTAP membership, have meetings in other areas
of the Sanctuary, and broaden the topics that the group can address.
for expansion in each of these areas. Ron Massengill is interested
in hosting a BTAP
meeting in Cambria.
Steve Schieblauer – he would like to establish a community communication
database of businesses.
Burke Pease – requests that equal status should be given to all working
groups & recognition by Sanctuary to give support. In moving from
reactive to proactive, we can work with the MPR to create balance.
Stephanie Harlan – Housing affordability is a huge issue - AMBAG
has a conference on Friday in Salinas. There are four lawsuits in San
Cisco regarding the heavy impact to the Gilroy-Hollister-Salinas areas.
Maggie Ivy – thanks Bill and SAC for recognizing the BTAP. Burke
and she may come up with new ideas. The BTAP can challenge the SAC
to look at the balance
between multiple uses.
Douros summarized the Sanctuary’s status on the issue. We are
required to consult with National Marine Fisheries Service and US Fish & Wildlife
for each permit. Since there may be a cumulative effect, we need
a long-term answer, and so a program consultation is in progress. The
agencies are slow to
respond – NMFS has posed some questions back and need 3-4
months to reprocess. We requested a joint meeting and some clarity
issue by the end of June.
We need to see this process through to the end.
Burke Pease commented that the policy affects the whole geographic
region. Can we have an interim report before next meeting and
take a look at
the changing policy? Bill relied - yes.
Dave Ebert commented that boats affect wildlife in harbors – the
sea lions have different behaviors as they are acclimated.
Bill asked if Burke could send a prodding personal letter to
the agencies to work swiftly with MBNMS? Karen will send the
Management Plan Review
and Burke: We have two questions 1) Can we separate from the joint
There are issues with topics being diffused, travel time to
meetings, favor organizations that have paid staff to go
to meetings. 2)
What is the appeal
Sean Morton gave an overview of the MBNMS’s MPR process that
is scheduled to begin with release of the State of the Sanctuary
Report (SSR), and with public
scoping meetings planned for October & November of this year.
Steve Sheiblauer asked is we could add an historical perspective
to the SSR, and highlight the collective comparison of people’s
perspective from then and now. Sean said that that is possible, and
would look into it.
Burke Pease commented that we could bring the joint MPR issue
to the SAC and seek a stand-alone status.
Sean Morton said that as issues are brought up in scoping
meetings – he
would track if Monterey issues come up at the other NMS meetings.
Discussion by a number of people revolved around the importance
of the fishing community in the initial designation process,
such as the CWG are listing fishing as a potential issue
for the MPR.
Burke Pease concluded that a flow chart would help to clarify
the review process.
by Steve Scheiblauer, seconded by Dave Ebert.
BTAP goes on record as having concerns with the joint management plan
review process. Staff
should give due diligence
that the MBNMS
has a full
and complete airing of issues and not get diluted during
the joint process.
Dave Ebert concluded with the focus for next BTAP meeting
- identifying our issues. Steve Scheiblauer copied and
handed out the CWG’s
issue list as food for thought.
Cruz Inter-Agency Task Force
Harlan gave a brief presentation about the collaboration to promote
and protect the Sanctuary.
The group’s three main
projects are: a Visitor Center; the Sanctuary Seal
Program; the Sanctuary Scenic Trail. Stephanie handed
out copied of the logo and the Scenic Trail design.
She concluded that Sam Farr is promoting legislation for the coastal
Dave Ebert announced that the June 1st, 2001 SAC meeting
update will be deferred to next meeting.
Agenda Items for future meetings.
Tentative meeting date July 25th, 2001
Meeting adjourned at 11:20 AM
Notes submitted by Karen Grimmer, MBNMS Advisory