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FINAL Sanctuary Advisory Council Hybrid Meeting
October 21st, 2022

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10/21/2022 Agenda

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Hybrid Meeting

This is a hybrid meeting (in person and virtual), with proof of vaccination and self certification form requirements to attend in person.

9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
Friday, October 21st, 2022

**FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDEES: MBARI Requires proof of vaccination and the completion of this Self Certification Form (149K PDF). Please send the image(s) of your card and completed form to Steve Haddock ( “SAC-MBARI Verification” by COB Wednesday, October 19th**


9:00 AM Call to Order, Webinar Technology Check-in & Roll Call
  • Welcome from MBARI President and CEO Chris Scholin
  • Approval of August 19th, 2022 meeting minutes
Brian Nelson (Chair), Sarah Lopez (Secretary), Chris Sholin (MBARI)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (168K PDF*) PDF
MBNMS Office Report (668K PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Advisory Council Member Announcements (K 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), Brian Johnson (CBNMS/GFNMS)
10:00 AM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Brian Nelson (Chair)
10:10 AM Discussion and Action Item: Recommendations from DEI Working Group
Discuss recommended edits to the original document and vote to forward.
Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
10:40 AM Break (15 minutes)  
10:55 AM Discussion and Action Item: Recommendations for Vessel Incidents
Discuss recommendations and suggestions, then vote to forward.
Vessel Incidents Subcommittee
11:25 AM Action Item: Election of New Officers
New Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary will be nominated and selected by the council.
Dawn Hayes (MBNMS)
12:00 PM Celebration of Outgoing Council Members Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
12:30 PM Adjourn Public Meeting Brian Nelson (Chair)
12:30 PM Lunch  
1:30 PM Planning Retreat Commences
Superintendent's vision for MBNMS Advisory Council
Lisa Wooninck, MBNMS Staff, and MBNMS Advisory Council Members
2:15 PM Advisory Council Input on MBNMS Priorities
Presenting MBNMS priorities and how the council can engage
3:00 PM Break (15 minutes)
3:15 PM Review of proposed new schedule and work plan recommendations for Calendar year 2022-2023
4:00 PM Discussion of council engagement, council makeup, and formulation of a steering committee
4:45 PM Wrap Up



  • 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.


From the North:
Head south on CA-1 to Moss Landing. Turn right on Moss Landing Road, then right onto Sandholdt Road. MBARI will be on the left.

From the South:
Head north on CA-1 to Moss Landing. Turn left on Moss Landing Road, then right onto Sandholdt Road. MBARI will be on the left..

Parking is available in MBARI’s lot with additional parking along Sandholdt Road.

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Virtual Meeting Directions:

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  1. This meeting will use Google Meet, a multi-platform program that's free to use.

    Join with Google Meet

    Meeting ID: hex-orbq-ntw
    If you cannot join online, you may call in using:
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  2. You will be asked to enter muted, but with your video on.
  3. Public Members: To give a public comment, use the "Raise Hand" feature, and when called upon by the meeting moderator you will need to unmute and and will be given 3 minutes for a verbal comment. Public comment will be received during the 15-minute public comment session beginning at 11:15 am or during the designated time for each agenda item.
  4. If you have trouble accessing the Google Meet, or problems during the session that you are unable to enter into the comment box, or just basic questions, you can send an email to or call/text (831) 419-8251.


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.

Reviewed: September 08, 2023
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