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Scoping Meeting Summary
Sacramento 10:00 AM

Please note that these are the raw comments extracted from the scoping meeting held at the location listed above. They were edited for the purpose of clarity where necessary. Duplicate comments were not repeted. A synthesis of comments will be available soon.

  • Sustain opportunities for public use but also protect resources
  • Concerned about water quality and sewage discharge
  • Close the donut hole off of San Francisco
  • The Sanctuaries should implement marine reserves
  • Restrict bottom trawling, concerned about damage to the seabed
  • Implement consistent rules on white shark attraction
  • The SAC is a great tool. It acts as the eyes and ears for the Resources Agency and is a 'two way street in terms of informing the public and informing agencies
  • The SAC is experiencing growing pains but just needs its role firmed up.
  • The SAC should not be a management council
  • Water Quality partnership is a model for how the Sanctuary should operate
  • Resources Agency hopes to play a role in GF/CB SACs
  • Establish marine reserves; this is an opportunity to test effectiveness of a few large reserves vs. many small reserves
  • Opposed to use of 2 stroke MPWC (all craft types should be looked at).
  • Look at both impacts of MPWC in terms of both resource and aesthetic issues
  • Coordinate master planning efforts with USFWS refuge mgmt plans
  • Encourage the sharing of data with FWS refuge plans
  • Encourage the coordination between agencies in regulatory overlap
  • Work with SWRCB on coordination and encourage survey of resources through monitoring &endash; S.W.A.M.P. Program
  • Update MOA with State incorporate NPS Plan, Oceans Plan, Storm Water, BTTP, Consolidated THS, TMDL Programs
  • Increase awareness &endash; P.R. of Sanctuary Program through
    • Visitor Center
    • Media
    • TV Spots
  • The SAC should remain advisory. If it becomes a management council then it needs to be reformulated to reflect national program
  • Look at no-take marine reserves
  • Lack of points (land based) for resource interaction and viewing
  • Develop interpretive tools
  • Emphasize wildlife viewing but protect resources
  • Concerned about disturbance from viewing from both kayaks as well as motorized vessels and there is a need to produce "best practices" / guidelines
  • Emphasize interagency coordination
  • Great GIS/Ed materials coming out of CINMS, duplicate for northern Sanctuaries
  • Create more interagency partnerships and cooperation
  • Implement and staff the WQPP
  • Maintain that human use is allowed when consistent with resource protection.

 

 

For more information contact your local sanctuary office at:

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Sean Morton, Management Plan Coordinator
299 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 647-4217 • Sean.Morton@noaa.gov

Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank
National Marine Sanctuaries
Anne Walton, Management Plan Coordinator
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-6622 • Anne.Walton@noaa.gov

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