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Bank, Gulf of the Farallones & Monterey Bay
National Marine Sanctuaries
Scoping Meeting Summary
Monterey 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.
Duplicate comments were not repeted. A synthesis of comments
will be available soon.
- Sanctuary should address overpopulation of pinnipeds,
which cause destruction of property, and financial loss
- Sanctuary should not regulate fishing.
- Sanctuary should increase outreach to general
- Sanctuary should use more marketing, and should work
collaboratively with local businesses, for outreach.
- Concerned about additional regulations in intertidal
habitats, that are not scientifically substantiated.
- Concerned that the majority of people that should
give input are not at the scoping meeting.
- More monitoring of all types of pollutants.
- Sanctuary should have monitoring data from all
agencies and organizations, on the website.
- Need more conservation in general.
- Surfrider has had positive experience working and
communicating with the MBNMS.
- Do not utilize buffer zones.
- Do not reduce current boundaries.
- More water quality monitoring, and better access to
results by public.
- More monitoring of runoff from golf courses.
- Investigate testing of deer for bioaccumulation of
- No expansion of boundaries.
- Do not utilize a marine zoning approach.
- SAC members should be elected by their constituents,
not by the Sanctuary superintendent.
- Sanctuary should utilize commercial fishermen for
- Increased monitoring of outflows from rivers, and
- Evaluate whether Sanctuary needs to be a regulating
authority for dredging.
- More cooperation among agencies regulating
- Marine Sanctuary's main job is to protect resources,
should increase water quality protection projects.
- Concerned about repeated sewage spills and quality of
- Sanctuary should work collaboratively with diverse
user groups, to reach consensus on issues.
- Sanctuary should conduct more outreach bring diverse
user groups together.
- Concerned about peregrine falcon populations in
- Include on website, water quality data on various
river systems affecting the Sanctuary.
- Concerned about peregrines feeding on shorebirds,
while fishermen are taking the blame.
- Grateful for Sanctuary, thinks that Staff have done a
- More community communication is needed.
- Our goal should be to protect and preserve.
- Concerned about the impacts of too many kayakers,
increase in tourists, and growing population in general.
Sanctuary should restrict use to a sustainable
- Concerned about impacts from fisheries.
- Never allow drilling for oil in the Sanctuary.
- Need to balance human use with resource protection.
Might need to restrict some activities.
- More education and outreach in general.
- Greater public access.
- Regulate gill net fishing.
- More collaboration with state and local regulatory
agencies on sewage discharge.
- Continue involving State in management plan
- More regulation of activities that affect water
- Concerned about water quality of sub-watersheds and
- Sanctuary should focus on riparian restoration and
- Sanctuary should help protect McClusky slough.
- Harbor dredge spoils should be disposed of at land
- Sanctuary should set measurable and defined goals or
- Concerned about health issues surrounding beach
- Beach closure information should be made more readily
available to the public.
- Sanctuary should not condone or allow military use
(including marine invasion drills
- State rights more important than federal.
- Don't take away fireworks on July 4th.
- Recognize intrinsic values and aesthetics as well as
- Priorities need to be in management plan.
- Need procedure for evaluating public comments.
- Oil vessel traffic should only occur outside
- Sanctuary should not regulate fisheries in state
- Prohibit and research sources of artificial marine
- Sanctuary should conduct a study on pesticide runoff
from agriculture and golf courses.
- Sanctuary should conduct a study on nutrient runoff.
- Sanctuary should regulate the use of fertilizer
through a permitting system. Should investigate
alternatives and mitigation.
- Permitting process should be more streamlined when
permits are required by different agencies.
- State should regulate, not Sanctuary.
- Sanctuary should not be involved in enforcement (only
- Sanctuary should prohibit: 1) all non-emergency
military flights over Sanctuary wildlife zones, and 2)
non-emergency underwater military ops.
- More Sanctuary enforcement on resource protection
- More enforcement of Sanctuary regulations.
- Monitor the activities Monterey Bay Aquarium for fish
deaths and extraction.
- More interaction with the California Coastal
- Harbors should continue dumping dredge spoils into
- Improve public access to the Sanctuary.
- More interpretive displays.
- Sanctuary should acquire public access lands.
- No expansion of boundaries.
- Boundaries should be defined by Ecological data.
- Sanctuary should not have a regulatory or permitting
program, should concentrate only on data collection and
- Management plan changes should be based on sound
science and hard data.
- Reconsider the evaluation process for comments
received during the JMPR.
- Allow public access to all public comments.
- Public should vote on comments provided during
- Published list of scoping comments should be in a
- Efforts should be focused on a holistic watershed
protection approach, emphasizing the connection between
land and sea.
- Sanctuary should be involved in early education
(schools) and outreach.
- Use of precautionary principle for protection of
- Sanctuary should implement Buffer zones around
- Concerned about DDT in Moss Landing. Should be
deposited at hazardous waste site.
- Sanctuary should require liners on oil tankers.
- Concerned about high levels of fecal coliform. More
money should be made available to address this.
- Sanctuary should make funds available for water
quality monitoring programs.
- Surfing: water quality affects surfing businesses and
is our bread and butter.
- Surfrider Foundation and surfing industry both
support National Marine Sanctuary Program.
- Only specific vessels that don't impact Sanctuary
resources should be allowed, such as hovercraft. Avoid
vessels that pollute.
- Educate the public on why the Sanctuary was
- Expand sanctuary concept to unify and make consistent
resource protection, for better management of
- Increased communication between agencies.
- Need more money and support for water quality action
plans. Currently they are poorly implemented.
- MBNMS needs more funding.
- More education among general public, and Sanctuary
- Concerned about senate redistricting plan, the
National Marine Sanctuary Program should get
- Strengthen resource protection; do not allow local
control to undermine this.
- Do not become another layer of bureaucracy in dealing
with fishing and dredging. Sanctuary needs to do WQ
monitoring in an ongoing program.
- Encourage more local involvement with Sanctuary.
- Sanctuary should not endorse marine invasion
- Concerned about Naval Post Graduate School's missile
- Water quality action plans should be included as part
of the updated management plan.
- Concerned about erosion in public support for the
- Sanctuary should concentrate on community relations
efforts in order to optimize the education program.
- Increase outreach to civic organizations, volunteer
groups, and local neighborhood establishments.
- Sanctuary should better promote, package, and
distribute accomplished products.
- Sanctuary should provide advice to city planners on
how to address the problems of storm drains, sewage
- Adhere to language in National Marine Sanctuaries
- Sanctuary should support the use of environmentally
sensitive vessels for transportation.
- Concerned that no diversity is represented at this
- Sanctuary should continue to resist militarization in
- Sanctuary should allow no automatic exemptions for
- Sanctuary needs to gather baseline data to evaluate
status of resources.
- Focus on educating communities/groups that are not
currently involved with the Sanctuary.
- Sanctuary should serve as a neutral facilitator in
issues involving overlapping jurisdictions.
- Sanctuary should help secure funds for additional
water quality monitoring.
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