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Monterey Bay Issue Name: Wildlife Disturbance – Motorized Personal Watercraft

Motorized Personal Watercraft (MPWC) are small, fast, and highly maneuverable craft that possess unconventionally high thrust capability and horsepower relative to their size and weight. This characteristic enables them to make sharp turns at high speeds and alter direction rapidly, while maintaining controlled stability. Their small size, shallow draft, instant thrust, and “quick reflex” enable them to operate closer to shore and in areas that would commonly pose a hazard to conventional craft operating at comparable speeds. Many can be launched across a beach area, without the need for a launch ramp. Most MPWC are designed to shed water, enabling an operator to roll or swamp the vessel without serious complications or interruption of vessel performance. The ability to shunt water from the load carrying area exempts MPWC from Coast Guard safety rating standards for small boats. MPWC are also designed to accommodate sudden separation and quick remount by a rider. MPWC are not commonly equipped for night operation and have limited instrumentation and storage space compared to conventional vessels. MPWC propelled by a directional water jet pump do not commonly have a rudder and must attain a minimum speed threshold to achieve optimal maneuverability. They have no steerage when the jet is idle. More...

Issue Summary
  See the Proposed Action Plans
Latest Draft Action Plan
  Draft Action Plan (pdf 1.2MB)
Working Group Roles and Responsibilities
  Roles and Responsibilities (pdf 24K)
  Consensus Based Decision Making (pdf 24K)
Meeting Preparation
  Draft Slides (pdf 96K)
  Meeting 4 Agenda (pdf 24K)
Additional Information
  Scoping Comments (pdf 66K)
  1992 NOAA Responses to Comments (pdf 84K)
  Sanctuary MPWC Brochure (pdf 388K)
  Burger 1998: Effects of MPWCs (pdf 504K)
  Green et. al. 2002: Monitoring Impacts of Harbor Seals (large pdf 5.5M)
  USDOI 1998, Proposed Rule (pdf 36K)
  Snow 1989: A Review of Personal Watercraft (pdf 1M)
  Snow 1989: A Review of Personal Watercraft Appendices (large pdf 10M)
  MPWC Sample Definitions (pdf 56K)

JMPR Documents

  Kelly 1997 (pdf 388KB)
  Osborne 1996 (pdf 456KB)
  Rodgers & Smith 1997 (pdf 600KB)
  Sutherland & Ogle 1975 (pdf 628KB)

Working Group Participants:
~Working Group Contact~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Scott Kathey MBNMS 831-647-4251
~Sanctuary Advisory Council Members (SAC) & Other Stakeholders ~
Name Affiliation
Dan Haifley MBNMS SAC, Recreation 831-465-9390
Mike Laffen MBNMS SAC, At-Large 650-728-3298
Tom Stuhlreyer MBNMS SAC, US Coast Guard 831-647-7310
Stephan Andranian American Watercraft Association 949-598-5860x123
Doug Ardley Surfer's Environmental Alliance 831-476-6494
Susan Danielson Save Our Shores 650-560-9533
John Donaldson Personal Watercraft Industry Association 714-557-3663x219
Jeff Field Tow-In Surfing/Rescue 831-648-3110
Mike Kimsey San Mateo Surfrider 650-712-1273
Don Kinnamon CA Boating Safety Officers Assn. 831-475-6161 x15
Peter Mel Tow-In Surfing Competition 831-429-6357
John Moule San Luis Obispo Surfrider 805-474-1549
Bob Puccinelli California Department of Fish and Game  
Russ Robinson Recreational Boaters of CA 408-732-0320
Sean Smith Bluewater Network 415-544-0790 x19
Dan Temko Pillar Point Harbor 650-726-4382
~MBNMS Staff ~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Sean Morton MBNMS 831-647-4217
Huff McGonigal MBNMS 831-647-4254
Lisa Emanuelson MBNMS 831-647-4201

Working Group Timeline:
Start: January, 2003
Time Location Documents
January 24
10am-2pm NMFS Lab Santa Cruz Meeting 1 Agenda (pdf 24K)
February 25
10am-2pm NMFS Lab Santa Cruz Meeting 2 Agenda (pdf 24K)
March 25
9:30am-1:30pm Elkhorn Slough NERR Meeting 3 Agenda (pdf 24K)
April 22
8:30am-5pm Elkhorn Slough NERR Meeting 4 Agenda (pdf 24K)
August 15
1-3pm Conference Call  
September 20
1-3pm Conference Call  
Complete: April, 2003
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