RAP Meeting Summary
January 11th, 2002
Activity Panel Meeting Summary
Chris Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium, RAP Chair
2002 RAP MEETING
Host: National Undersea Research Program
Friday, January 11, 2002 9am-12pm
Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium - Chair
Paduan, Naval Postgraduate School Vice Chair
DeVogelaere, MBNMS RAP Coordinator
Cailliet, Moss Landing Marine Labs
Johnston, CA DFG/Monterey
Stephenson, CDFG/Mar. Pollution Studies Lab
Chris Harrold thanked Mario Tamburri & Ed Delong for their participation
with the RAP over the last 2 1/2 years. Chris then welcomed the new
MBARI alternate representative Charles Paull. The main representative,
Francisco Chavez, was unable to attend.
Institutional Update: National Undersea Research Program (Geoff Wheat)
Geoff listed many of the projects funded by the National Undersea Research
Program for 2002. Projects include: work on the Axial Seamount, hydrothermal
vent research, Tanner Crab research, and developing the marine mammal
critter cam. This year 22 proposals were received, and 8 were funded.
Work is being done at Santa Clara University to develop a shallow water
ROV with a long tether. Other ROV work includes a NSF proposal to run
a ROV off of a CTD cable on UNOLS ships. The west coast budget for NURP
is $2.6 million, the total NURP budget is $13.8 million, and budget
growth looks promising. A new NURP center will be built in Mississippi.
Research priorities for the MBNMS Management Plan update (Chris Harrold)
Chris gave the same presentation to the RAP that he presented at the
SAC meeting in October. There are 4 main MBNMS Research Program goals:
facilitate, characterize, inform, and interpret. The central role of
MBNMS is to integrate marine research in resource management decisions.
After Chriss presentation there was a discussion about the status
of ship time on the R/V McArthur. Prior to Sustainable Seas, the RAP
played a large role in selecting projects for the Sanctuaries ship time.
This year the McArthur will be in the Sanctuary, but it will be a coordinated
effort through the Sanctuaries Headquarters. Currently, Sanctuary Headquarters
is evaluating each Sanctuaries ship time.
Greg suggested going back to the Research Plan and updating it to reflect
current research activities. He also suggested bringing in socioeconomic
information into the new plan. Everyone agreed that now would be a good
time to update the Research Plan to coincide with the Management Plan
Re-evaluating the role of the RAP Part I: What are the needs of the
Research Institutions and are they being met? (Chris Harrold/Andrew
Many good comments were made by RAP members regarding their role on
the RAP and the needs of their institutions including:
across research institutions.
institutions as RAP meeting locations rotate among members.
exchange between research groups on opportunities for collaborative
research and funding.
about opportunities to apply research for resource management.
sound science into resource management.
to influence Sanctuary policy through the SAC and exchanges with MBNMS
in development of the Sanctuary Currents Symposia and awards.
to NOAA research platforms.
to help develop centrally located information through SIMoN.
a key need to facilitate regional research (resource allocation and
a voice for issues that impact research activities.
Cal COFI Update (Greg Cailliet)
An alliance has formed to take on the task of bringing the CalCOFI lines
north and inshore. Locally, Greg and George Boelhert are the coordinators.
The mission of the Alliance is to make CalCOFI a California effort not
just southern California. There will be a meeting in a few weeks &
Greg will email the information to the RAP.
Sanctuary Currents 2002 Award Recipients (Andrew DeVogelaere)
Andrew announced that Jane Lubchenco will give the Ricketts Memorial Lecture
at the symposium this year. The Research Award will be presented to Steve
Eittreim for his work on the continental shelf mapping.
SAC Meeting update (Chris Harrold)
Most of the SAC meeting was dedicated to comments on the Joint Management
Plan Review. Comments included issues in the agricultural community, jet
skis, boundary issues, SAC representation, and many supported the Alliance.
Dave Clayton brought up the issue of beach closures and the possibility
of conducting a microbial analysis during a closure. There was an announcement
about the Fishermans Forum. It will be an educational event for
fishermen to be held at the Pajaro Dunes Colony in March. The forum is
by invitation only. For more information please see: http://montereybay.nos.noaa.gov/intro/advisory/advisory.html
NMFS Research Cruise update (Churchill Grimes)
The NMFS Santa Cruz Laboratory conducted a cruise near the Big Creek Reserve
to evaluate the effectiveness of laser line scanners to detect impacts
of fishing on the seafloor. The laser line scanner produces a high-resolution
level image of the seafloor. Chruchill showed the RAP some of these images
and described how the instrument works.
MBCORC Meeting update (Greg Cailliet)
The recent MBCORC (Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium) meeting
was held at the new MBEST center. They announced the new brochure and
updated website. MBCORC has three main projects: research, education,
and policy. There was a discussion about hiring a coordinator / promoter
for MBCORC. Bill Douros gave a Sanctuary Joint Management Plan Review
update, and there was also a CCEPI workshop update. Other items discussed
included the Otter Bowl, Sea LAB, Cal COFI, and a new community television
show to promote local research. For more information please see: http://www.mbari.org/~andrea/MBCORC/MBCORC.html