SAC: Conservation Working Group Meeting Minutes April
April 16, 2002
Fisher, A. Hazeltine (FSO)
Saunders, R. Vreeland (City of Monterey)
Day 2003 will be held on April 20.
peninsula residents have asked Rep. Farr to grant the Great Tidelpools
in PG National Monument status; the PG Natural Resources Committee
has also been asked to take action to protect the tidelpools.
staff is working on educating pilots (and developing a poster) about
the impacts of low flying planes on birds and marine mammals.
Alliance of Com. for Sus. Fisheries is working to ID the most and
least important fishing areas along the coast (info for marine reserve
staff is working to improve coordination between agencies on vessel
The MBNMS has received over 16,000 scoping comments during the JMPR
process so far. The 3 SACs will held joint meeting on 4/15 to discuss
prioritizing issues. The MBNMS will hold its own meeting to do the
same on April 29th in Monterey. Eventually the priority issues will
be covered in Action Plans developed by ad hoc working groups.
Cruise lines has agreed to zero discharge in the MBNMS.
regs prohibit discharge of raw sewage and any oily bilge water.
have documented problems such that “treated” sewage
often fails to meet federal standards even after it has been through
Russell of the Aquatic Protection Agency plans to monitor ocean
waters behind the Star Princess by taking samples.
Eichenberg of Oceana gave a presentation on growth in the cruise
ship industry, the inadequacy of existing cruise ship regulations
and difficulty of enforcement, environmental problems associated
with cruise ship pollution, and suggestions for future improvements.
Tim suggested a ban on dumping untreated sewage, requiring discharge
permits for any discharges, comprehensive reporting and monitoring
of discharges, better enforcement and improved air quality rules.
He also supported the zero discharge in the Sanctuary policy the
CWG has lobbied for.