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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Advisory Council Meeting

  • Half Moon Bay, CA (map)

Agenda for the August MBNMS meeting is not yet posted. Please visit the website for more information:

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 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 twenty voting members represent the following user groups: Agriculture, At-Large, Business/Industry, Commercial Fishing, Conservation, Diving, Education, Recreation, Recreational Fishing, Research and Tourism, plus seven local and state governmental jurisdictions. In addition, the respective managers for the four California National Marine Sanctuaries (Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones, and Monterey Bay), the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the U.S. Coast Guard 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 almost 300-mile boundary of the Sanctuary.

The following list includes some of the major issues the Advisory Council has addressed:

  • Joint Management Plan Review

  • Oil & Gas Exploration

  • Cruise Ship Discharges

  • NOAA Coordination on Fishing Issues

  • Fiber Optic Cables

  • Kelp Harvesting & Management

  • Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program

  • Vessel Traffic Safety

  • Coast Highway 1 Management Plan

  • Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP)

  • Assessment of the National Marine Sanctuary Program

  • Collection of Jade at Jade Cove

  • Prohibition of Chumming for Great White Sharks

  • Moving ATOC (Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate) Project Outside Sanctuary Boundaries

  • Decommission of Select National Weather Buoys

  • National and the World Ocean's Conference

  • Advisory Council Charter and Protocols

  • State Mussel Watch Program