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DRAFT Sanctuary Advisory Council "Emergency" Hybrid Meeting
October 13th, 2023

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council "Emergency" Hybrid Meeting

This is a hybrid meeting (in person and virtual) being held a:
Sanctuary Exploration Center, 35 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA

9:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Friday, October 138th, 2023


8:30 AM Coffee and Check-in
  • Webinar & Technology Check-in
9:00 AM Call to Order & Roll Call
  • Welcome
  • Roll Call
Pamela Neeb (Chair), Sarah Lopez (Secretary), Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
9:15 AM Information Item: Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary Draft Designation Documents
A presentation on the draft proposed rule and agency’s preferred alternative boundary for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary
Paul Michel (WCR)
10:00 AM Action Item: Letter of Support for CHNMS Draft Management Plan
Discuss draft letter of support and proposed edits for CHNMS proposed designationt, followed by a vote to send the letter as public comment.
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Pamela Neeb (Chair)
11:00 AM Adjourn "Emergency" Meetin
Break (15 minutes)
11:15 AM Internal Retreat: Engaging Indigenous Communities
Panel discussion of sanctuaries engagement with Indigenous Communities
Panel discussion: HIHW, OCNMS, CINMS, WCRO Members
12:45 PM Lunch (30 min)  
1:15 PM 2024 AC Work Plan Workshop
Presentation on MBNMS priorities followed by discussion and activity brainstorming 2024 Work Plan
Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
2:15 PM Recognition Awards
Celebrating the tenure of long-term council members
DLisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
2:45 PM Adjourn Pamela Neeb (Chair)



  • 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.


The Sanctuary Exploration Center is located directly across the street from the Santa Cruz Wharf at 35 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz CA.

From Highway 17 (south toward Santa Cruz)

Take CA-1 N toward CA-9/Half Moon Bay/Boulder Creek
Keep left to stay on CA-1 N toward Santa Cruz
Continue by following the directions listed directly below

From the South on Hwy 1

Take CA-1 N toward Santa Cruz
Follow signs for CA-1 N /Ocean Street/Beaches
Take slight left to head south onto Ocean Street
Turn right onto Broadway
Continue onto Laurel St.
Turn left onto Center St.
At the traffic circle, take the second exit onto Pacific Ave.
The center is on the right at the intersection of Beach St.

From the North on Hwy 1

Take CA-1 S toward Santa Cruz
Turn right onto Bay St.
Turn left onto West Cliff Dr.
Slight right onto Beach St.
The center is on the left at the intersection of Pacific St.


There are many parking garages in the area. Limited metered parking is available on the surrounding streets.

View Sanctuary Exploration Center on a larger map

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: ino-uwud-zvu
    If you cannot join online, you may call in using:
    (US)+1 636-442-2896
    PIN: 255 492 490

  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 12:00 pm 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.

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