Activities Panel Meeting Summary
January 12, 2001
Research Activity Panel Meeting Summary
Chris Harrold, Monterey Bay Aquarium, RAP Chair
JANUARY 2001 RAP MEETING
Host: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Location: Seminar Room, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Friday, January 12, 2001 9am-12pm
Attendance: 13 RAP members and 4 guests
Current Status and plans for the MBNMS and an overview of the
MBNMS Research Program (Andrew DeVogelaere)
reviewed the mission and general operations of the MBNMS. With a budget
of roughly $1.9 million, some of the MSNMS priorities over the next
year will include: a Management Plan review; development of a comprehensive
monitoring network (SIMoN); multicultural education; management plans
for Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast; undersea cables; and satellite
office development in Cambria and Half Moon Bay.
- The MBNMS
Research Program consists of four components: providing technical information
to decision makers; facilitating collaboration between research institutions;
developing monitoring programs to assess Sanctuary health; and promoting
research on resource management issues. Issues the Research Team will
address in the near future are; initiating SIMoN; modeling the physics
and biology of central California; using hyperspectral imaging to assess
kelp and shallow substrate types; expanding Beach COMBERS to Cambria;
and updating the Research Plan as part of the Management Plan review
- For more
information see, http://montereybay.nos.noaa.gov/research
The Nature Conservancy Monitoring Plans (Michael Beck)
summarized the work of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) based at UCSC. It
is 50 years old with 3000 employees, and it manages more than 1 million
acres. One recent realization was that to maintain diversity they could
never buy enough land with private money, so they are creating many
different partnerships from Army Corps and Navy to Sanctuaries. Michael
said that most people don't realize that TNC is involved in marine conservation.
They have a MOU with FKNMS and they are working on a national MOU. TNC
also works extensively with ESNERR.
gave examples of different marine conservation efforts, most are closely
linked with terrestrial projects. They have a series of Ecoregion Plans-
pick areas, conserve them to preserve regional biodiversity. TNC has
an extensive and impressive planning process data collection, GIS, algorithms
to select straw-man locations, and they review with experts to modify
their findings. TNC will no longer work in and on areas that are not
priority sites on their maps, so planning maps are a key tool.
conservation plans have to be approved by the State Chapter. California
is a strong chapter, and is just starting to consider marine systems.
The Nature Conservancy does support research through Mellon Ecosystem
Fund; postdoctoral fellowships fund; and smaller pots of money. They
also support agencies by lobbying for funds from Congress.
The COMPASS Program (George Leonard)
Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea
summarized the COMPASS program, funded by Packard, stating that it is
an interface of research and public policy. The goal is sustainable
ocean practices; changing the culture of how science is done by 1) enhancing
conservation thinking in science, 2) translating academic science in
accessible forms, and 3) enhancing communication among groups that do
not traditionally interact. COMPASS is a catalyst, facilitator, and
enabler to accelerate the rate of solving conservation problems. George
described their four main activities:
- 1) Create
new venues for discussing and using science information. For example,
marine reserve groups were brought together for a workshop to share
science among them, and to develop a coordinating committee to determine
10-15 priorities that need to be addressed and to develop strategies
to take care of them.
- 2) Training
scientists in communication skills with media. For example, a select
group of academic scientists are being trained one on one to deal with
- 3) Media
outreach related to science. For example, Sea Web set up a media office
at the coral reef conference.
- 4) Books
on science and conservation. Island Press is a partner in COMPASS and
is writing and promoting books on marine conservation.
main partners are Island Press (publisher of books on conservation),
Sea Web (roughly a PR firm), and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Otter Project Update (Steve Shimek)
reported that they have received a grant of 30 days of ship time to
be used near Pt. Conception. Potential use of this money could be to
buy a ship, or any other projects that need help.
Research Plan (Andrew DeVogelaere)
updated the status of the Research Plan and asked for comments within
Pt. Pinos Update (Chris Harrold)
reported that money has been allocated by the Packard Foundation, and
the public announcement is eminent. Sandy Kauffman is organizing a public
forum on health and safety of nearshore waters- Feb 28, 6-9pm Pacific
Grove; and the next night in Santa Cruz.
Ricketts Lecture and Research Award for Sanctuary Currents 2001 (Andrew DeVogelaere)
announced that Dr. Michael Foster will receive the science award, and
that Dr. Silver was selected to give the Ricketts Lecture.
New SAC Members (Erica Burton/Brady Phillips)
Harrold and Jeff Paduan are now official RAP Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.