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FINAL Sanctuary Advisory Council Virtual Meeting
February 18th, 2022

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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 – 1:30 PM
Friday, February 18th, 2022


9:00 AM Call to Order, Webinar Technology Check-in & Roll Call
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of December 10th, 2021 meeting minutes
Brian Nelson (Chair) and Sarah Lopez (Secretary)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (189K PDF*) PDF
MBNMS Office Report (411K PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (171K PDF*) 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)
9:45 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Brian Nelson (Chair)
10:00 AM Information Item: America the Beautiful Initiative Overview of America the Beautiful and how NOAA’s work fits in. Heather Sagar (NMFS)
11:00 AM Break (15 minutes)  
11:15 AM Information Item: Roles and Responsibilities of Advisory Council Working Groups and Sanctuary Management. Dawn Hayes (MBNMS)
11:30 AM Action Item: 2022 Sanctuary Advisory Council Work Plan and Calendar
Review and approve of the draft 2022 work plan, developed with input from the council, MBNMS staff and leadership. Confirm council meeting dates through December 2022.
  • Proposed 2022 Calendar & Work Plan (62K PDF)
Brian Nelson (Chair), Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
12:15 PM Information Item: Programmatic Update
Update on the major accomplishments of the MBNMS Research team
Steve Lonhart (MBNMS)
1:00 PM Action Item: Charter Amendment
ONMS has approved a waiver to term limits as they apply to alternates for one term, sites are required to have it in their charter to adopt.
  • AC Charter Amendment: Waiver #4 (107K PDF)
Dawn Hayes (MBNMS)
1:30 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 Dawn Hayes at (831) 647-4256 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 597–656–539.
    • If you are unable to participate online, you can connect to the meeting by phone using (562) 247–8422 and the attendee code is 915–147–894.
  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/text (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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