Business and Tourism Activity Panel (BTAP) Minutes
Date: Wednesday, September 17th, 2003
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Ebert, BTAP Chair, SAC Business/Industry Representative
Capps, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Morton, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Schnorf, Moss Landing Harbor District
Bekker, Cannery Row Company, Monterey
Schieblauer, Monterey Harbor, City of Monterey
Abbott, Duke Energy, Moss Landing
Meeting Notes – a Brief Summary of the Meeting’s Proceedings.
E., BTAP Chair gave welcoming comments and individual introductions
Items Not on the Agenda/Announcements:
B. reminded those attending that CA Coastal Cleanup Day and the Santa
Festival are coming up.
B. mentioned that he spoke with a woman who wanted to know what materials
are safe to use to clean
patios. Steve S. gave a brief history of what the City has done
in the past regarding this issue.
Management Plan Review (JMPR) Update and Discussion of Possible New
Seats on the Sanctuary Advisory Council:
M. gave a brief update on the July/August SAC meeting and what the
are for the
management plan. Steve S. asked how permitting was going to change
and Sean M. commented
that the Sanctuary is exploring the possibility of setting up a
de minimus threshold for research projects. Dave E. commented that
was a difficult decision for the SAC. The SAC should have concentrated
on the goals of a visitor center and not weighed in on a decision
to Sanctuary staff. State Parks and other agencies should have
themselves from voting. He was impressed with the effort put forth
by Sanctuary staff and AMS Planning & Research. Steve S. wanted
to know what happened with the NMSP internal team’s clarification
of the sanctuary’s involvement in fishing regulation. Sean
M. responded that there had not been any proposed changes as of yet.
The group briefly discussed the topic of possible new seats on
the SAC. Steve S. commented that making a decision on SAC seats
difficult. He asked how the SAC was going to make a decision. Sean
M. commented that it would depend on how the SAC wanted to go about
Mike B. asked how the initial membership of the SAC was chosen.
Steve S. gave a brief history of the SAC and its establishment.
BTAP Membership and Goals:
group discussed membership for the BTAP. The group did not reach any
definitive conclusions on this topic and decided to continue
the discussion at the next BTAP meeting. Some of the ideas that
this discussion were: to concentrate on members with a Business/Tourism
affiliation; certain members (i.e. diving or recreation) representing
a business, not just the weekend visitor; possibly establishing
a board/panel and having general membership; and establishing
that voting membership
would have to represent a legitimate business or association. Sean
S. commented that the group might want to start with creating a
set of goals for the group and that could help determine who
and how many
people are on the BTAP.
next BTAP meeting is November 12th from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Moss
Landing Marine Lab.