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Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting Agenda
February 21st, 2014

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Meeting

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA

8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014

(directions below)


8:45 AM Coffee and Sign-in
9:00 AM Call to Order & Roll Call
  • Welcome from Bill Kampe, Mayor of Pacific Grove
  • Approval of December 12, 2013 meeting minutes
Kirk Schmidt (Chair), Gary Pessi (Secretary)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (K PDF*)  
MBNMS February Office Report (225K PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (115K PDF*) PDF
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (139K PDF*) PDF
Sanctuary Education Panel Meeting Notes (98K PDF*) PDF
  Standing Item: Superintendent Report
A report on important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff over the last two months at MBNMS.
  • Officer elections at April meeting
  • Update on Coordinator "Coffee Talks"
  • April meeting date: April 25
Paul Michel (MBNMS)
9:30 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Kirk Schmidt (Chair)
  Standing Item: GFNMS Superintendent Report Maria Brown (GFNMS)
  Information Item: Leatherback Sea Turtle Summit
An event to form an international partnership to work on conservation efforts
Geoff Shester (Conservation), Simona Bartl (Education)
  Standing Item: Advisory Council Member Announcements Kirk Schmidt (Chair)
11:15 AM Information Item: Understanding and Reducing the Impacts of Underwater Noise in Marine Protected Areas Karen Grimmer (MBNMS), Leila Hatch (ONMS/SBNMS)
12:15 PM Lunch  
  Standing Item: Working Group Updates Working Group Chairs
  Action Item: Letter of Support for outdoor environmental education
Consideration of a draft letter of support for AB 1603 to establish an outdoor environmental education program.
Dan Haifley (At-large)
  Information Item: Update on the MLPA Central Coast Monitoring Effort Liz Whiteman (Ocean Science Trust)
  Action Item: Establishment of Charter Revision Subcommittee Sara Hutto (MBNMS)
  Information Item: MBNMS Vessel Traffic Analysis
A report on vessel use and compliance of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommended tracks that were established in 2000
Karen Grimmer, Sophie De Beukelaer (MBNMS)
4:00 PM Adjourn  


*Public comment on agenda items will be heard prior to SAC discussion/deliberation*
*A motion for action may be made by a council member at any time, provided there is a quorum*


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


From the North or South:
Take Highway 1 towards Monterey. Exit at #399A, CA-68 estW, towards Pacific Grove/Pebble Beach and stay straight for approximately three miles. CA-68 turns into Forest Ave. Continue on Forest to Junipero Ave. Turn right onto Junipero Ave. Destination will be on the right, past Fountain Avenue. Parking is available on the street.

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MBNMS Permit Report (K PDF*)  
MBNMS October Office Report (225K PDF*) PDF
RAP Meeting Notes (139K PDF*) PDF
SEP Meeting Notes (98K PDF*) PDF
CWG Meeting Notes (115K PDF*) PDF
Letter of Support for AB1603 (45K PDF*) PDF
Language for AB1603: Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program (614K PDF*) PDF
Fact Sheet for AB1603: Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program (86K PDF*) PDF
Announcement for AB1603: Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program (201K PDF*) PDF



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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