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DRAFT Sanctuary Advisory Council Hybrid Meeting
May 17th, 2024

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council Hybrid Meeting

This is a hybrid meeting (in person and virtual) being held at:
Cavalier Oceanfront Resort
9415 Hearst Dr
San Simeon, CA

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday, May 17th, 2024


9:00 AM Call to Order, Webinar Technology Check-in & Roll Call
  • Welcomefrom Steve Allen and Daniel Schalk
  • Swear In New Members
  • Roll Call
  • Approval of February 2024 meeting minutes
Pamela Neeb Wade (Chair), Sarah Lopez (Secretary), Lisa Wooninck (MBNMS)
  Standard Reports from Staff

MBNMS Permit Report (97K PDF*) PDF
MBNMS Office Report (1.2M PDF*) PDF
Conservation Working Group Meeting Notes (K PDF*)  
Research Activity Panel Meeting Notes (171K 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), Brian Johnson (CBNMS/GFNMS)
10:00 AM DEI ITEM: Overview of April Cross Pacific Indigenous Exchange Erica Burton (MBNMS)
10:30 AM Break (15 minutes)  
10:45 AM Information Item: West Coast Region Update
Update on West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries with a focus on the designation status of CHNMS and other issues such as offshore wind development.
Bill Douros (WCR)
11:30 AM Action Item: Kelp Working Group Recommendations
Review the Kelp WG recommendations to determine what recommendations should be adopted and forwarded to the Superintendent.
Keith Rootsaert (WG Chair)
12:30 PM Lunch (45 min)  
1:15 PM Public Comment for Items Not on the Agenda Pamela Neeb Wade (Chair)
1:30 PM Information and Potential Action Item: Conservation Working Group Cigarette Butts
Proposal for limiting cigarette waste on beaches.
Rachel Kippen (CWG Chair)
2:00 PM Information Item: Southern Region Update
Coastal Discovery Center and Southern Region activities.
Sophia Barwegaen (MBNMS), Michele Roest (MBNMS)
2:45 PM Break (15 minutes)  
3:00 PM Information Item and Potential Action Item: Update on CVA and Adaptation Planning
Update on Climate Vulnerability Assessments that help inform management strategies addressing climate change by prioritizing species and systems for management actions. Describe the working group process and solicit membership.
Steve Lonhart (MBNMS), Karen Grimmer (MBNMS)
3:45 PM Working Group Reports and Member Announcements
Each seat will be provided 3 minutes for reporting, 5 min for working groups
4:15 PM Adjourn Pamela Neeb Wade (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.


From the North – Highway 101 Option:
Follow US-101 South. Follow US-101 S to CA-46 W in Paso Robles. Take exit 228 from US-101 S. Take exit 228 for CA-46 W toward Cambria. Follow CA-46 W to CA-1 N. Turn right onto CA-1 N. Take Hearst Dr to your destination: 9415 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452.

From the South - Highway 101 Option:
Follow US-101 N and CA-1 N to Pico Ave in San Simeon. Take Hearst Dr to your destination: 9415 Hearst Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452.

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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: shv-uucx-ics
    If you cannot join online, you may call in using:
    (US)+1 413-752-1090‬
    PIN: 796 920 972#

  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) 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.

Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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