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Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting Agenda
December 8th, 2011

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Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 8th, 2011

(directions below)


8:30 AM Coffee and Sign-in
8:45 AM Call to Order
  • Approval of October 20, 2011 meeting minutes
  • Discussion on meeting minute format
  • Approve 2012 Meeting Schedule
Chris Harrold
  Standard Reports from Working Groups and Staff

12/1/11 MBNMS Permit Report (37KB PDF*)   PDF
12/7/11 MBNMS Office Report (700KB PDF*)   PDF
9:30 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda  
10:00 AM Information Item: Superintendent's Report
A report on important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff over the last two months.
Paul Michel
10:15 AM Letter of Support for Bay Watershed Education and Training (BWET)
As decided at the October meeting, Simona will provide more information on BWET and a draft letter for review.
Simona Bartl
10:30 AM Information Item: Site Evaluation List (SEL)
An overview of the Site Evaluation List and what it means for the sancatuary program.
Bill Douros
11:00 AM Update: Ecosystem Based Management Initiative (EBMI)
News on communications with the Fisheries Management Council, unique and rare features, sustainable use research projects, and the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.
Dr. John Hunt
11:30 AM Information Item: MBNMS Lost Fishing Gear Project
An overview of the final year of this three-year project to assess and remove lost fishing gear from the MBNMS.
Karen Grimmer
12:15 PM LUNCH and Screening of "Your Sanctuary" Public Access Television Series
A working lunch to view the pilot of this public access television show about the MBNMS.
Paul Michel
1:45 PM Member Announcements  
2:00 PM Information Item: "Reconnecting with Your Sanctuary" – Cetaceans
An informative presentation on the key cetacean species found along the Central Coast of California and Monterey Bay.
Dr. Karin Forney
3:00 PM Information Item: Working Group Updates
Updates from working group chairs on recent working group meetings.
  • Conservation Working Group (CWG)
  • Sanctuary Education Panel (SEP)
  • Research Activities Panel (RAP)
  • Business and Tourism Activities Panel (BTAP)
Working Group Chairs
3:30 PM Information Item: Options for Engaging Fishing Interests or Policy Issues
At the October meeting, the issue of establishing a fishing working group came up during working group report-outs and the Superintendent stated desire to see these groups get re-energized. It was noted that fishing does not have a working group and that this might be something worth pursuing. The council requested an "options paper" to explore some opportunities to enhance communications with fishing interests to ensure that Sanctuary news, issues, questions, etc. are well informed by, and distributed widely to, the relevant groups.
Paul Michel
4:00 PM Update: Sanctuary Advisory Council Calendar
Review calendar to select agenda items for future meetings.
Nicole Capps
4:15 PM Adjourn – Holiday Gathering at Cannery Row Brewing Company  


Materials corresponding to items on this or other agendas are available here or contact Nicole Capps at (831) 647-4206.


Take Highway 1 towards Monterey. Exit at 399A, CA-68 W, towards Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach and stay straight for approximately three miles. Stay straight to go onto Forest Avenue. Turn right onto Junipero Ave. Destination will be on the right, past Fountain Avenue. Parking is available on the street.

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12/1/11 MBNMS Permit Report (37KB PDF*)   PDF
12/7/11 MBNMS Office Report (700KB PDF*)   PDF

DRAFT Letter of Support for CA-BWET Program from MBNMS Advisory Council to Dr. Jane Lubchenco (90KB PDF*)   PDF

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About Sanctuary Advisory Council
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (advisory council) was established by Federal law to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. Since its establishment in March 1994, the advisory council has played a vital role in the decisions affecting the Sanctuary along the central California Coast. The advisory council's nineteen voting members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. In addition, the respective managers for the four California National Marine Sanctuaries (Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary) and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve sit as non-voting members. Members are appointed competitively by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and serve three-year terms. The advisory council meets bi-monthly in open sessions located throughout the 360-mile boundary of the Sanctuary.

The advisory council maintains a firm commitment to the goals and objectives of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Program. The advisory council appreciates the efforts of volunteers, non-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens, without whose support the mission of the Sanctuary would be difficult to realize.

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