SAC: Conservation Working Group Meeting Minutes September 16th,
Kaitilin Gaffney, The Ocean Conservancy (TOC), Chair
Huff McGonigal, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS)
Mike Osmond, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Meredith Lopoch, WWF
Erin Simmons, Oceana
Steve Shimek, The Otter Project
D’Anne Albers, Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO)
Fleur O’Neill, Save Our Shores (SOS)
Jane De Lay, SOS
Peggy McNutt, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Steve Webster, Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA)
Lydia Bergen, Partnership For Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal
John Fisher, At-Large
Dave Zaches, At-Large
Jack Wickham, At-Large
Special Dates and Announcements
16: Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS)
will host a special lecture on the effects of sound
sea animals. The lecture presented by Michael Stocker, from
SeaFlow, is scheduled for September 16 in Sausalito.
24: Pacific Grove City Council will discuss the status
of tidepools and marine reserves at its meeting on Wednesday,
September 24, from 4-6p.m.
24: NOAA Fisheries will host a constituent information session
on September 24, at the
Westin Francis in San Francisco,
from 6-9 p.m.
This will be an important opportunity to voice concerns
about ocean and fisheries management and to provide your
suggestions for improvements.
5: Save Our Shores will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Sunday,
October 5 from 2-6p.m. The event
a Toast to the Coast
as a Roast for Vicki Nichols, former executive
director for SOS. Nichols is moving to Virginia in November,
but will remain involved
coast ocean policy as the Marine Policy Advisor
to SOS. All are invited. Mr. Fred Keeley, Mr. Zeke Grader,
Mr. Bill Douros are confirmed
speakers. Cost for the event is $25 per person/$40
18: Friends of the Sea Otter is also celebrating a significant
anniversary this year. On October
18 from 7-9, the organization will
toast its 35th year at the Monterey Plaza Hotel
in Monterey. Congressman Sam Farr and Dr. Rikk
Kvitek are confirmed
speakers. The event is
free. More details to follow.
Shimek led the discussion on proposed Federal legislation
to protect sea otter populations. Authored by Congressman Farr,
referred to as the “Southern Sea Otter Recovery and
Research Act”, provides $5 million per year for
five years to promote research. Although the proposed
does not meet all of
the Sea Otter Project goals, Shimek reported that the
proposal is a good
beginning. The Bill will be introduced to House Resources
Committee sometime before October 15, 2003.
needed by CWG members:
letters to the House Resources Committee in support the
proposed legislation and increased protection of the Southern
as a unified group in support of the proposed Act’s
a strategy to help the Bill pass committee.
Huff McGonigal provided the following Sanctuary Report:
JMPR process: The Sanctuary Advisory Council
(SAC) addressed all of the JMPR draft action plans over the course
in July and August. More than 350 people attended the meetings.
The SAC recommendations on each of the plans are posted on the
website at: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/sac/2003/073003/recact.html.
The SAC deferred decisions on the draft action plans for special
marine protected areas and motorized personal watercraft. The
referred back to the working groups for further discussion,
and they will be considered again by the SAC at future meetings.
With respect to special marine protected areas, the SAC requested
that the working group re-address the goal statement and role
The group will meet on Sept. 25th.
CWG members support is also needed for limiting
use of Motorized Personal Watercraft (MPWC) in
the MBNMS. The SAC discussed
this item at length
with several results: 1) Use of MPWCs will be allowed
in the MBNMS in the existing zones; 2) MPWCs will
competition for tow-in purposes and only with a
special-use permit; and 3) Under specific high-wave
will be allowed
for practice purposes.
An additional concern was raised about MPWCs being used for
rescue purposes during both practice and competitions. The
several questions and concerns about the practical aspects
of the concept such
would run the ‘rescue team; i.e., would they be an official
group trained and administered through
the county or sanctuary office, or would the rescue team be a
group of volunteers?
what conditions would the jet-ski rescue team be out on the water?
working group discussed the issue during a conference call on September
15; the results of which will be mailed to working
group members. Although the working group did not reach consensus, this issue
on the agenda for the October 3 SAC meeting in Cambria.
CWG members are urged to attend the SAC meeting to provide
comment on this issue, as it raises concerns about the elevation
jet-ski use in the Sanctuary. The CWG voiced support
for limiting safety patrol use of MPWC to formal, agency
Other major topics of discussion about the JMPR
are as follows:
Visitors’ Center: The SAC deferred a decision on
the location of a Sanctuary Visitors’ Center to the
Business & Tourism
The SAC recommended that the Sanctuary facilitate a discussion
group about the growth inducing impacts of desalination.
Regional Water Quality Control Board recently provided
funds to the Sanctuary program to implement the Water Quality
Program’s (WQPP’s) plan for Agriculture
specifically addressing run-off and tertiary
database for the Sanctuary Watch program was completed by Save Our
and presented to the Sanctuary.
Combined with GIS
it will provide the Sanctuary with a valuable
tool for education, monitoring, and enforcement.
is working with PISCO to determine sensitive habitats along Highway
disposal plans that respond
Issues of Importance
John Fisher expressed concern over the discussions and
pending decisions about the fate of the San Clemente
Dam and Carmel
River. The Dam
has to be either strengthened or removed. There are
funds available to
do riparian work, but now is the time to provide comments
to ensure that the work is done well. Contact CAL AM
John also requested that CWG members become more involved
with the issues surrounding desalination, as there
are several discussions
happening on a statewide level that will ultimately
affect how desalination
implemented in the Sanctuary. Fisher recommended that
everyone read the recent California Coastal Commission
gain a better understanding of the full scope of desalination
issues throughout the state.
Steve Shimek reported that Moss Landing Harbor is considering
its long-range dredging plan. If anyone is interested
in dredging at
Harbor, please send an email to Shimek and he will
send the contact information on the project.
Sanctuary Currents Symposium
The Sanctuary Currents Symposium is scheduled for March
6, 2004. The topic is Water Quality. Please send
your suggestions for
speakers, panel discussion topics, and moderators
to Kaitilin at The Ocean
and AB 906(Nakano) dealing with cruise ship pollution were signed
Davis on September
Both bills enact
some of the nation’s strictest laws dealing
with discharges from passenger ships. Specifically,
bills ban cruise ships
from dumping oily bilge
water, sewage sludge, chemicals from photo
finishing and dry cleaning, and medical wastes.
the bills require
that the cruise
ships report their discharges to the state
within 24-hours, with a penalty for failure
An additional bill
will be introduced
next year to address air pollution generated
by cruise ships.
AB 1296 prohibiting Krill harvest in state waters
also passed. The bill prohibits krill harvest by
boats in state
out to 200 miles. However, krill harvest is still
allowed by non-California boats outside three-miles.
CWG meeting is scheduled for October 21, from 9:30–11:30
at Moss Landing Harbor Office.