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FINAL Sanctuary Advisory Council Virtual Meeting
October 16th, 2020

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Virtual Special Presentation

This was a web based virtual presentation due to the ongoing precautions related to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

9:00 AM – 12:50 PM
Friday, October 16th, 2020


9:00 AM Call to Order, Webinar Technology Check-in & Roll Call
  • Approval of August 21, 2020 meeting minutes
  • Swear-in of new council members
  • Council member recruitment
  • Wind farm comment letter
  • Virtual coffee talks
Kevin Grant (MBNMS), Brian Nelson (Chair) and Gary Pezzi (Secretary)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (204K PDF*) PDF
MBNMS Office Report (401K PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Advisory Council Member Announcements (168 KB PDF*) PDF
9:25 AM Standing Item: MBNMS Superintendent's Report
A report on important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff since the last AC meeting
Kevin Grant (MBNMS)
9:45 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Brian Nelson (Chair)
10:00 AM Action Item: Nominations and elections will be held for Executive Committee (Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary) Dawn Hayes, MBNMS
10:20 AM

Information Item: Developing Best Practices for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) uses in MBNMS
Advisory Council will identify which aspects of the plan they wish to discuss and will provide comments to MBNMS staff.

Karen Grimmer, MBNMS and Meredith McPherson, UC Santa Cruz PhD Candidate
11:20 AM BREAK (20 minutes)  
11:40 AM Information Item: MBNMS Soundscape
MBNMS soundscape including update on AC sound working group recommendations re: seal bombs, cruise ships
Andrew DeVogelaere, MBNMS
12:40 PM Action item continued: Results of elections for Executive Committee Dawn Hayes, MBNMS
12:50 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 Haven Parker at (831) 647-4206 or by email.


Virtual Meeting Directions:

Please Read All Directions
  1. Register in advance:
  2. This meeting will use GoToWebinar, a multi-platform program that's free to use.
    • The Webinar ID number is 207-460-603.
    • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (415) 930-5321 and the attendee code is 882-790-293.
  3. You will begin in muted mode, but the meeting moderator can un-mute your connection at appropriate times.
  4. Public Members: To give a public comment, use the "Raise Hand" feature, and when called upon by the meeting moderator you will be un-muted and given 3 minutes for a verbal comment. Public comment will be received during the 15-minute public comment session beginning at 9:45 or during the designated time for each agenda item.
  5. If you have trouble accessing the Webinar, or problems during the session that you are unable to enter into the online Question Box, you can send an email to or call (831) 236-6536


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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