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Bank, Gulf of the Farallones & Monterey Bay
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Scoping Meeting Summary
San Jose 6:30 PM
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. A synthesis of comments will be available
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Need to increase constituent base. Need to get more people involved.
Seem to always reach out to the same people.
Need to bring in un-represented majority. Website for MBNMS is good
but need to improve GF and CBNMS websites with calendars of events, etc.
Road signs, broader education efforts in the schools.
More stuff and more money for education.
More media coverage such as articles in newspapers. Also should have materials
readily available for the media.
Need to increase and target education to people not on coast.
Need tidepool protection from trampling and collection especially target
in Pacific Grove.
Public information officer should make the rounds to the local TV stations
(5 of them) on weekends and morning shows. Feature stories should
bring a lot more publicity and advertising (PSA).
Need a childrens pamphlet to be distributed to the schools- almost in the
form of a childrens book which would suggest field trips, also videos for
Concerned about decline in the rockfish population. Proposed no fishing
zones in the MBNMS especially south of Monterey in the Big Sur area.
Need to take drastic action and block off areas so they can recover.
Need more enforcement of poaching laws.
Target dive clubs to keep the public more informed about sanctuary/ management
plan issues and meetings.
Need a 1-800 number to report violations.
In a non-impact way, need to create wreck-alley in MBNMS use ships from
mothball-fleet in Suisun. This can be done to increase education
and awareness, publicity, fees for docking economic increase for tourism
business especially diving. Creates an artificial reef for fish.
Wrecks are a great resource enhancement. We would like to help support
this idea and help educate the public on the positive aspects of artificial
The area between the harbor lighthouse and lighthouse point were not included
in the MBNMS. This area needs to be included in the MBNMS boundary.
Concerned about water quality, urban run off, sewage spills and beach closures
throughout the sanctuaries.
Need more finances (money) for enforcement of regulations.
I do not understand how any fishing can be allowed within a NMS.
Fishing should not be allowed in the sanctuary.
Alteration of the seabed is not a good thing. Need to find an alternative
to wreck-alley idea.
You need a lot bigger budget to study the resource. You need more
A Wreck Alley should be done in an area of zero impact. Also needs
to be done in the appropriate area.
Have a National Marine Sanctuaries Week with political support to increase
awareness and create a forum for more media activity. NOAA and the
NMS can then form and shape issues- public awareness.
The sanctuaries should be coordinating with California Department of Fish
and Game and National Marine Fisheries Service to develop and study marine
There needs to be a balance between shoreline erosion and armoring of shorelines.
Need to work collaboratively on developing solutions.
The federal government should pressure local governments to not allow storm
water/ drainage run off. No car washing detergents, pesticides, etc.
Should phase-out jet skis in the sanctuary.
Stop fishing for sharks.
Study the effects of chumming on sharks.
Should have an annual photography public competition in each of the sanctuaries.
These photos will create increased awareness. The Annual Shoot-out.
Need population studies of all of the key fisheries so we know how to have
a sustainable resource and determine spacing of marine reserves, and to
be aware and quantify depletion.
Web-cams are a necessity for the sanctuaries especially in area where diving
is too dangerous or difficult e.g. Gulf of Farallones and Cordell Bank.
Have a really attractive website aimed at many levels sections for kids
and sections for adults. Create links with sister agencies and collaborative
NGOs. Needs to be glossy to get the public involved such as nesting
areas on web-cam, lots of wildlife stuff, sunsets, eye candy.
Expand marine refuges.
More marine reserves in the sanctuary to protect biodiversity.
Review habitats, find special places and determine what is necessary to
protect them, possibly restricting destructive gear types and fishing practices.
Support continued research and monitoring to investigate special habitat
and species in sanctuary.
Support and encourage research, workshops, and continuation of that program.
Concerned about SF Bay habitat loss and more adequate mitigation of loss.
Would like to see more partnering with sanctuary program for marine habitat
mitigation with Fish and Game.
<1% no take in sanctuary is ludicrous and unacceptable.
New regulations about underwater sound and noise and impacts on marine
mammals should be put into sanctuary management plan.
Encourage US Navy to disclose impacts from sonar. Sanctuaries should
work with U.S.N. to research resource impacts.
Maintain prohibition on oil/gas drilling exploration.
Concerned about shipping lanes and distance from shore. Want to see
lanes moved further offshore.
Concerned about bottom trawling and effect on sea bed and habitat.
Abolish bottom trawling.
Close donut hole. Review permits for city and county of San Francisco for
discharge. They are consistent with other coastal treatment facilities
adjacent to sanctuaries.
Address ballast water and invasive species and any other discharge problem
from ships going into SF Bay.
Work cooperatively with other agencies to address ballast water problem.
Need stronger enforcement for sanctuary regulations.
Need better protection from ocean dumping, particularly medical waste.
Strengthen and implement water quality protection for all three sanctuaries,
specifically runoff problems.
Want permanent ban on oil/gas drilling- exploration in sanctuaries as well
as a buffer zone around the sanctuaries for oil/gas activities.
Concerned about funding for sanctuary program. Need more outreach
to increase awareness of sanctuaries.
Increase involvement with all estuaries but particularly SF Bay issues,
assess what impacts the bay has on the sanctuary.
Would like to see more education in media on the state of fisheries.
Need more education of what fisheries are sustainable, which are near collapse.
Expand information exposure to public.
Prohibit oil drilling.
Ban jet skis except for rescue.
Support CALCORI and expand north.
MPAs: wants sanctuaries (all 3) involvement in preserving/ restoring
fish stocks- no-take zones in certain areas/ should be instituted. Work
with California Department of Fish and Game on site selection, and distribute
throughout the whole coast to provide nurseries- leave non-nursery areas
free for commercial and recreational fishing.
More fisheries research needed, especially nurseries. Should be cleaned
up, even in National Seashore areas.
Wants no commercial fishing using gillnets, longlines, bottom trawling
Needs raw sewage runoff to be cleaned up/ prohibited, testing needed.
Regulations needed to prevent sports enthusiasts from harming shark research.
Expand Cordell and Monterey regulations to Gulf of Farallones sanctuary
to do this. Extreme sports not compatible with sanctuary protections.
Put sharks’ interest first, then researcher’s. Use researcher input.
All above- wants to learn more, how to implement this info.
Establish no take map. Reserves in all 3 sanctuaries to protect biodiversity
and conduct fisheries research. Work with state and stakeholders
including fishing community. Establish reservations in addition to
MBNMS should establish or fully enforce Sewage outflow (e.g. with higher
fines). Health dept quality data not timely, not comprehensive. Tighter
regulations needed. Provide incentives for clean water.
Identify and remove sunken ships with oil or fuel in tanks or bilge, Identify
and remove radioactive barrels in sanctuaries.
Sanctuaries should do more public outreach. More kiosks in malls,
etc. would be effective. Reach out to older age groups in addition
Farallones: Too much vessel traffic at SEFI, so code or practices are needed,
e.g. establish no-wake zones in proximity to island or predatory event.
Establish limited entry scheme- e.g. issue permits for shark tours.
Need zonal regulations.
Educate boaters about SEFI wildlife and vessel impacts especially shark
Sanctuaries should re-establish coho and steelhead runs by restoring watershed
Certify agricultural growers along stream with programs such as such as
Wants brief mission statement addressing why sanctuaries were established
and what we do. Use language the general public can understand.
What is our job? How do we know if you’re doing a good job?
Bullet- point it and keep it simple. Our tax $ at work
What are National Marine Sanctuary authorities, powers?
Redraw boundaries to match geologic systems, ecosystems. Gulf of
Farallones extended south to Pigeon Point, Ano Nuevo. Expand Cordell
east to shore, North to Bodega Head.
Monterey and other 2 sanctuaries should identify sewage polluters and demand
tertiary treatment plants with good pipes for transport be established
Sanctuaries should not become involved in fisheries issues.
Coastal development should be controlled, especially regarding seawalls
and coastal erosion. Build roads far back enough from the coast to
Better enforcement, higher ranger type presence needed in sanctuaries especially
SEFI. Make it safer, sanctuary like at SEFI. Curb poaching
everywhere and protect sharks from disturbance, for example.
Concerned about ocean noise and effects on marine mammals. Investigate
causes/ effects. Prevent testing.
Move boundaries to include Davidson seamount as MPA and close up donut
hole as much as possible, extend MBNMS to Avila Beach.
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