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DRAFT Sanctuary Advisory Council Virtual Meeting
August 20th, 2021

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Virtual 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 – 1:45 PM
Friday, August 20th, 2021


9:00 AM Call to Order, Webinar Technology Check-in & Roll Call
  • Approval of April 16th, 2021 meeting minutes
Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS), Brian Nelson (Chair) and Sarah Lopez (Secretary)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (220K PDF*) PDF
MBNMS Office Report (736K PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Advisory Council Member Announcements (K PDF*) PDF
9:15 AM Standing Item: Superintendent's Report
A report on important or newsworthy activities conducted by staff since the last AC meeting
Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS), June Shrestha (CINMS)
9:45 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Brian Nelson (Chair)
10:00 AM Information Item: Recreational Fishing Constituent Outreach What the Recreational Fishing seat is doing to reach the fishing community regarding sanctuary resources. Jose Montes (Rec Fishing Primary), Adam Helm (Rec Fishing Alternate)
11:00 AM Break (15 minutes)  
11:15 AM Action Item: Letter to ONMS regarding term limits for alternates Brian Nelson (Chair)
11:45 AM Information Item: Whale Ship Strikes in California National Marine Sanctuaries
Including Sanctuary Vessel Speed Reduction Program & understanding the whale hot–spots
Sean Hastings (CINMS), Cotton Rockwood (Point Blue Conservation Science), Penny Ruvelas (NMFS)
1:15 PM Standing Item: Programmatic update – Resource Protection Karen Grimmer (MBNMS)
1:45 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 Nichole Rodriguez 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 210-991-379.
    • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (631) 992–3221 and the attendee code is 811-200-462.
  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) 647–4256


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.