RAP Meeting Summary
February 8th, 2002
Activity Panel Meeting Summary
Chris Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium, RAP Chair
2002 RAP MEETING
Host: Naval Postgraduate School
Friday, February 8, 2002 9am-12pm
Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium - Chair
Paduan, Naval Postgraduate School Vice Chair
Micheli, Hopkins Marine Station
Brumbaugh, MPA Center
Wahle, MPA Center
Institutional Update: Naval Postgraduate School (Mary Batteen &
The Naval Postgraduate School is home to graduate level Navy officer
students. The goal of the Postgraduate School is to be an internationally
recognized center in ocean analysis and prediction. NPS has many complimentary
observational and modeling programs including global scale eddy resolving
models, coastal observations, nearshore observations, and the Monterey
inner shelf observatory (MISO). The Postgraduate Schools website
houses lots of real time data including wind speed and direction, temperature,
and a surf camera. The REAL Lab (Rapid Environmental Assessment Lab)
is on property that used to be the City of Monterey sewer plant. There
are several large tanks that are not in use. NPS has an interest in
developing the property, but there are no definite plans. For more information
please see: http://www.nps.navy.mil
A new integrated project to study the biophysical and socioeconomic
functions of a reserve network in the Bahamas (Dan Brumbaugh)
The project, initiated by Dan Brumbaugh, was formed to study the indirect
effects of a marine reserve network in the Bahamas. The five year project
has 3 main components: cceanography, to study circulation and connectivity;
marine ecology, to learn about habitat function, groups, and focal species;
and human systems to understand resource use, cultural aspects, economies,
and decision making. The project is organized into 6 working groups
including coordination, modeling, connectivity, habitats, socialites,
and GIS. The Bahamas was chosen for the project because the Department
of Fisheries and NGOs were going to create new Marine Protected
Areas, several MPAs were already in existence, the reefs are in
moderately good shape, there is low species richness, and a lot of existing
scientific data. Key species include the queen conch, spiny lobster,
and Nassau grouper. There is also an education component to the study
that includes displays at the American Museum of Natural History, and
informal education products for the general public.
Dan Brumbaugh is currently with the MPA Center in Santa Cruz.
For more information please see: http://mpa.gov/mpabusiness/center.html
Opportunities with the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation (Dennis Long)
Dennis gave an update of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation. The
Foundation currently has 50 programs in the areas of Research, Education,
and Resource Protection. These programs include watershed activity,
Pt. Pinos intertidal work, MPA Center, publishing a Rockfish book, California
Coastal Commission classroom curriculum, and SIMoN. The Foundation offers
low overhead costs (10-12%). They also have a grant administrator on
staff, and a framework for employees to receive benefits. In addition
to SIMoN the Foundation administers about $2 million in projects.
San Mateo Mystery Spill Update (Kelly Newton)
The San Mateo Mystery Spill has been solved! The vessel Jacob Lukenbach
sunk off San Francisco in 1953 and has been confirmed as the source
of the oil. Approximately 1550 birds have been recovered since late
November. Work now includes developing plans to remove the oil from
the sunken vessel.
ACCEO and McArthur cruise update (Erica Burton)
The ACCEO (Alliance for California Current Ecosystem Observation) held
a meeting recently to discuss the practicality of moving the Cal COFI
lines north. The outcomes of the meeting were that it is desirable,
it can be accomplished, and that there is a need for better coordination.
A draft monitoring plan will be developed by a sub-committee to create
interest in the project. The group is still in the formation stages,
but a draft mission statement has been developed along with survey design.
The McArthur will be available for Sanctuary ship time March 6
12. Francisco Chavez will lead the effort to conduct Cal COFI line 67.
The entire cruise will take place March 1 15 and be partnered
with USGS. Soft sediment samples and chlorophyll samples will also be
CCEPI (Central Coast Environmental Prediction Initiative) Workshop update
(Jeff Paduan & Francisco Chavez)
A workshop was held at the end of January to discuss the new initiative.
Congressman Sam Farr & MBCORC started the initiative. The focus
is atmospheric and ocean modeling. The priority for the group has been
atmospheric models that focus mainly on the Salinas Valley. The goal
is to have an environmental monitoring system that everyone can benefit
from. Also needed is an operational model for research.
SIMoN Update (Erica Burton)
The three requests for proposals have been sent out, and full proposals
have been received. The full proposals are currently out for review,
and the SIMoN Science Committee will meet in early March to assist in
making the final decisions. The new SIMoN office is open downstairs
from the Sanctuary office and will be home to the SIMoN staff, Manager
of the California Coastal National Monument, and the West Coast Office
of Ocean Exploration. Thalia Jennings has been hired by the Sanctuary
Foundation as the grant administrator and staff support for SIMoN. Job
announcements will be sent out in early April to hire the SIMoN Director
and Scientist. Jamie Kum is currently working on GIS layers of all monitoring
projects in the Sanctuary. At the Research Coordinators meeting Andrew
DeVogelaere accepted an Award for Science in Action, Sanctuary Integrated
Monitoring Network (SIMoN), In Recognition of Groundbreaking Work to
Develop Scientific Programs or Initiatives.
NERR Invasion Monitoring Workshop update (Kerstin Wasson)
The focus of the workshop was non-indigenous species and their effects
on estuaries. The goal of the workshop was to envision an ideal national
monitoring program for estuarine invasions, and brainstorm about how
it might be implemented. Participants in the workshop included invasion
biologists, partner agency representatives, and NERR representatives.
Species richness and abundance were identified as the top two priorities
for monitoring. Priority estuarine habitats for invasion monitoring
were identified to be marshes and submerged aquatic vegetation. A summary
document is in the works.
MBA is exploring off-site options for its Sea Otter Research and Conservation
Program (Chris Harrold)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is currently looking for a new facility to
house its Sea Otter Research and Conservation Program. The Aquarium
needs to focus on revenue generating activities and the aquarium is
not the best location for a rehabilitation facility. Options being considered
are the Long Marine Lab / OSPR facility in Santa Cruz, the Brick Factory
in Moss Landing, property owned by MBARI on the island in Moss Landing,
and the Naval Postgraduate Schools facility on Del Monte Beach. A decision
will be made by May 2002.
Update of RAP member contact information (Kelly Newton)
Kelly will be sending out an email requesting updated contact information
from RAP members.
Sanctuary Currents (Erica Burton)
Dont forget, Sanctuary Currents Symposium 2002 will be held March
9 at CSUMB.