California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Meetings and Events (Central Coast Study Region)

Fish and Game Commission | Blue Ribbon Task Force | Master Plan Science Advisory Team | Statewide Interests Group | Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group | Public Workshops | MLPA Meeting Video Archive

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Fish and Game Commission Meetings

February 2, 2007

Friday, February 2, 2007
Beach Resort Monterey
Bayview Conference Room
2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA

Agenda and Additional Information

December 14, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006
10:00 a.m.
Resources Building Auditorium
1416 Ninth Street, First Floor
Sacramento, CA
Special MLPA Meeting

Agenda and Additional Information

August 15, 2006

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Beach Resort Monterey
Pt. Alones and Pt. Cabrillo Rooms
2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey
Special MLPA Meeting

Agenda and Additional Information

August 2, 2006

Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 10:00 a.m.
California State Building 9, First Floor Auditorium
744 P Street, Sacramento
Special MLPA Meeting

Agenda and Additional Information

June 22, 2006

Thursday, June 22, 2006, 10:00 a.m.
Mammoth Inn
1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes

Agenda and Additional Information

Note: At this meeting the commission received the Department of Fish and Game's written preferred alternative for central coast marine protected areas.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Meetings

November 20, 2006

November 20, 2006
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Joe Serna, Jr. Cal/EPA Headquarters Building
Sierra Hearing Room
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the California Fish and Game Commission process for the MLPA Central Coast Project
  • Receive stakeholder input on the MLPA Initiative process and future study regions
  • Receive and act upon staff recommendation regarding developing an agreement among state agencies to complete by 2011 statewide implementation of the Master Plan for MPAs
  • Receive and act upon the final draft report on state and federal coordination
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. California Fish and Game Commission's proposed regulations regarding central coast marine protected areas
    1. Initial statement of reasons
    2. Proposed regulatory language
  2. California Fish and Game Commission preferred alternative for MPAs along the central coast
    1. Maps of the northern and southern areas
    2. Habitat summaries for the commission's preferred and other alternatives
    3. Comparison of proposed regulations in the commission's preferred and other alternatives
      (View a legal size version)
    4. Detailed MPA descriptions, maps, objectives and rationale for the commission's preferred alternative
  3. MLPA Central Coast Science Sub-Team analysis of the commission's preferred alternative
    1. Analysis of habitat representation
    2. Analysis of size and spacing
    3. Analysis of potential impacts to commercial and recreational fisheries
  4. Draft executive order on developing an agreement among state agencies to complete by 2011 statewide implementation of the Master Plan for MPAs (drafted by Clark Kelso, MLPA Initiative Legal Advisor)
  5. Final Draft Report on Improving Coordination among State and Federal Agencies with Marine Protected Area Responsibilities (both clean and markup copies)
  6. Summary of comments received on the Draft Report on Improving Coordination among State and Federal Agencies with Marine Protected Area Responsibilities
  7. MLPA Initiative budget update
  8. John J. Kirlin memo regarding administrative report
  9. John J. Kirlin memo regarding funding authorization

September 6, 2006

September 6, 2006
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the MLPA Central Coast Project and draft Master Plan for MPAs
  • Receive and take public comment on the consultants' reports for the MLPA Lessons Learned Project
  • Receive and act upon staff recommendations related to lessons learned
  • Receive and act upon staff recommendations related to the MLPA Adaptive Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Receive recommendation regarding developing an agreement among state agencies to complete by 2011 the statewide implementation of the Master Plan for MPAs
  • Receive and take public comment on the draft state and federal coordination report
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. California Fish and Game Commission adopted preferred alternative for MPAs along the central coast
  2. Draft Master Plan for MPAs under consideration by the California Fish and Game Commission
  3. John J. Kirlin memo regarding lessons learned recommendations
  4. MLPA Initiative lessons learned consultants' report
    (Harty / John)
    (Note: Large file size - 985 KB)
  5. MLPA Central Coast Project lessons learned consultant's report (Raab)
    (Note: Large file size - 1.37 MB)
  6. MLPA Central Coast project facilitators' report
    (McCreary / Poncelet)
    (Note: Large file size - 1.26 MB)
  7. John J. Kirlin memo regarding administrative lessons learned (Note: Page 7 of this document is formatted to print on legal size paper - 8 1/2" x 14")
  8. Staff recommendations for implementing adaptive management, monitoring and evaluation of MPAs along the central coast
  9. Draft executive order on developing agreement among state agencies to complete by 2011 statewide implementation of the Master Plan for MPAs
    (drafted by Clark Kelso, MLPA Initiative Legal Advisor)
  10. Draft Report on Improving Coordination among State and Federal Agencies with Marine Protected Area Responsibilities
    Pages 83 and 84 of this document are formatted to print on legal size paper - 8 1/2" x 14"
    (Note: Large file size - 1.33 MB)
  11. MLPA Initiative budget update
  12. John J. Kirlin memo regarding additional funding authorization

May 25, 2006 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

May 25, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, First Floor Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the MLPA Central Coast Project and discuss joint meeting with California Fish and Game Commission to start at 1:00 p.m.
  • Receive public comment and act upon the Final Draft Guide to Developing a Management Plan under the California Marine Life Protection Act
  • Receive public comment and act upon the Final Draft Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Receive public comment and act upon suggested revisions to the MLPA Master Plan Framework adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. Final Revised Guide to Developing a Management Plan under the California Marine Life Protection Act
  2. Final Revised Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  3. Suggested revisions to the MLPA Master Plan Framework adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission
  4. Administrative report
    1. MLPA Initiative budget update
    2. Cost estimates for the long-term funding of MLPA implementation
    3. May 2006 MOU report
    4. John J. Kirlin memo regarding funding request for additional activities related to MLPA study regions

May 25, 2006 (1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

May 25, 2006
1:00 p.m.
California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, First Floor Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the MLPA Central Coast Project and discuss joint meeting with California Fish and Game Commission to start at 1:00 p.m.
  • Receive public comment and act upon the Final Draft Guide to Developing a Management Plan under the California Marine Life Protection Act
  • Receive public comment and act upon the Final Draft Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Receive public comment and act upon suggested revisions to the MLPA Master Plan Framework adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. Summary of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force process
    1. John J. Kirlin presentation
    2. MLPA goals and full text of the California Marine Life Protection Act (as amended in July 2004)
    3. MLPA Initiative May 2006 abbreviated MOU report
    4. John J. Kirlin memo regarding MLPA process requirements (January 11, 2006)
    5. MLPA Initiative staff memo regarding the qualitative standards of the MLPA and qualitative guidelines of the MLPA Master Plan Framework (January 20, 2006)
    6. J. Clark Kelso memo regarding the relationship between the MLPA and fisheries management (January 30, 2006)
    7. DFG memo regarding existing fishing regulations and statutes related to developing packages of MPAs for the MLPA (January 24, 2006)
      Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
    8. DFG memo regarding MLPA provisions related to state marine reserves and commercial kelp harvesting (January 24, 2006)
    9. MLPA Initiative staff memo regarding socioeconomic considerations in developing alternative network components for a network of MPAs along the central coast (January 13, 2006)
    10. Letters regarding MPAs and Vandenberg Air Force Base (January 2006)
    11. MPA Package AC for the central coast, developed outside the CCRSG process
  2. Approach used by the Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT) and MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force in utilizing the best available science in the MLPA Initiative process
    1. Dr. Richard M. Starr and Dr. Mark H. Carr presentation
    2. Statutory language, SAT charter, SAT members' bios and list of SAT meetings
    3. List of science presentations to the Blue Ribbon Task Force and Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group
    4. Methodology
      • Methods for evaluating goals 1 and 4 of the MLPA (related to habitat representation)
      • Methods for evaluating goals 2 and 6 of the MLPA (related to size and spacing of MPAs)
      • Methods for evaluating goal 3 of the MLPA (related to recreational, educational and study opportunities)
      • Methods for evaluating potential negative economic impacts to commercial and recreational fishing
    5. MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team analyses
      • Executive summary
      • SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 1 and 4 related to habitat representation in the BRTF recommended MPA packages for the central coast study region
      • SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 2 and 6 related to the size and spacing of MPAs in the BRTF recommended MPA packages for the central coast study region
      • MLPA Initiative staff and SAT evaluation of MLPA goal 3 related to recreational, educational and study opportunities (including a summary of replication analysis) in the BRTF recommended MPA packages for the central coast study region
      • SAT evaluation of commercial and recreational fisheries potentially affected by the BRTF recommended MPA packages for the central coast study region
    Note: A large quantity of additional information, studies and reports from the SAT are available on the MLPA Initiative website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/mpa/
  3. Central coast MPA packages recommended by the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force to the California Department of Fish and Game
    1. Dr. Mary Gleason presentation
    2. Package percentage of study region area graphs by proposed designation and assigned level of protection
    3. Analysis of habitat representation in MPA packages 0, 1, 2R and 3R
    4. Package 0 (existing MPAs)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
    5. Package 1 (February 9, 2006 version)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
      • Proponents' summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    6. Package 2R (March 15, 2006)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
      • Summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    7. Package 3R (March 15, 2006)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    8. Side- by-side comparison of regional MPA packages 1, 2R and 3R with existing MPAs identified (single file for all subregion - includes subregion maps and comparison of proposed regulations)

March 14-15, 2006

March 14, 2006
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
March 15, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel
1441 Canyon del Rey
Seaside, CA 93955

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive proposed packages of marine protected areas (MPAs) for the central coast and make recommendations to the California Department of Fish and Game
  • Receive the Final Draft Guide to Developing a Management Plan under the California Marine Life Protection Act
  • Receive theFinal Draft Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
  • Receive update on and act upon administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. A context for BRTF decision-making
  2. Central coast MPA packages
    1. Package percentage of study region area histograms by proposed designation and assigned level of protection
    2. Draft analysis of habitat representation in MPA packages 0, 1, 2, 3, S and AC
    3. Package 0 (existing MPAs)
    4. Package 1 (based on February 9, 2006 version)
    5. Package 2 (based on February 9, 2006 version)
    6. Package 3 (revised February 9, 2006)
    7. Package S (February 22, 2006)
    8. Package AC (based on December 15, 2005 version)
  3. MLPA Initiative staff side-by-side comparison of regional MPA packages 1, 2, 3, S and AC (includes subregion maps and comparison of proposed regulations)
  4. MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team analyses
    1. Executive summary
    2. Draft SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 1 and 4 related to habitat representation in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    3. Draft SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 2 and 6 related to the size and spacing of MPAs in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    4. Draft MLPA Initiative staff and SAT evaluation of MLPA goal 3 related to recreational, educational and study opportunities (including a summary of replication analysis) in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    5. Draft SAT evaluation of commercial and recreational fisheries potentially affected by proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
  5. Final Revised Guide to Developing a Management Plan under the California Marine Life Protection Act
  6. Final Revised Adaptive Management and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework:  Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Appendices
  7. Suggested revisions to the MLPA Master Plan Framework adopted by the California Fish and Game Commission
  8. MLPA Initiative budget update
  9. Memo regarding funding request for activities related to MLPA study regions
  10. Consultants for the Extracting Lessons Learned Project
  11. Summary of MPA Boundaries, Proposed Regulations, Rationales. Potential Impacts and Public Comments for MLPA Initiative Staff Package S

January 31 - February 1, 2006

Tuesday, January 31, 2006
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Inn at Morro Bay
60 State Park Road
Morro Bay, California 93442

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the progress of the MLPA Central Coast Project
  • Receive and provide guidance on proposed packages of marine protected areas (MPAs) for the central coast
  • Act on a strategy for long-term funding of MPAs in California
  • Receive the draft monitoring and evaluation plan framework
  • Receive the draft management plan framework
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Briefing Documents

  1. John Kirlin PowerPoint presentation re: a decision context for packages of central coast MPAs
  2. Letter exchanges with Colonel Franklin R. Wolf, Vandenberg Air Force Base
  3. Department of Fish and Game memo re: state marine reserves and kelp harvesting
  4. John J. Kirlin memo re: MLPA process requirements
  5. Michael DeLapa memo re: qualitative standards and guidelines
  6. MLPA staff memo re: central coast planning process - final steps
  7. MLPA staff memo re: socioeconomic considerations in developing alternative MPA packages
  8. Department of Fish and Game memo re: existing fishing regulations: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
  9. Clark J. Kelso memo re: MLPA and fishery policies
  10. Central coast MPA packages (December 15, 2005 submissions)
    1. Package percentage of study region area histograms by proposed designation and assigned level of protection, and individual MPA depth ranges by package
    2. Draft analysis of habitat representation in MPA packages 0, 1, 2, 3 and AC
    3. Package 0 (existing MPAs)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
    4. Package 1 (revised January 23, 2006)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
      • Proponents' summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    5. Package 2 (revised January 23, 2006)
      • North & S south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
      • Proponents' summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    6. Package 3 (revised January 23, 2006)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
      • Proponents' summary matrix of individual MPAs in package
    7. Package AC (revised January 23, 2006)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Staff summary of area and habitats
      • Proponents' rationale
    8. Package B (revised November 8, 2005)
      • North & south central coast study region maps
      • Proponents' rationale
  11. MLPA Initiative staff side-by-side comparison of regional MPA packages 1, 2, 3 and AC (includes subregion maps, areas of divergence and convergence text, overlay maps, and comparison of proposed regulations)
    Note: These files are formatted to print on legal size paper (8 1/2" x 14").
  12. MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team analyses (executive summary) and literature surveys
    1. Draft SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 1 and 4 related to habitat representation in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    2. Draft SAT evaluation of MLPA goals 2 and 6 related to the size and spacing of MPAs in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    3. Draft MLPA Initiative staff and SAT evaluation of MLPA goal 3 related to recreational, educational and study opportunities (including a summary of replication analysis) in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    4. Draft SAT evaluation of goals 2 and 6 related to populations and networks in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    5. Draft SAT evaluation of fisheries potentially affected by proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
    6. Draft literature review for the potential economic value of marine recreational fishing
    7. Draft literature review for the potential economic value of marine wildlife viewing and whale watching
    8. Draft literature review for the potential economic value of SCUBA diving and snorkeling
  13. Initial Draft Management Plan Framework:
    Adobe PDF Version | Microsoft Word Version
  14. Draft Monitoring, Evaluation and Adaptive Management Framework:
    Adobe PDF Version | Microsoft Word Version
  15. John J. Kirlin memo re: long-term funding for MLPA
  16. MLPA Initiative budget update

Reference Materials

  1. Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
  2. Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act (MMAIA)
  3. MLPA Initiative MOU
  4. Charge from Secretary Chrisman to the MLPA BRTF (BRTF Charter)

November 29-30, 2005

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel
1441 Canyon del Rey
Seaside, California 93955

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team presentations on science related to the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA)
  • Receive update on the progress of the MLPA Central Coast Project
  • Receive and provide guidance on preliminary packages of marine protected areas (MPAs) for the central coast
  • Review and act on proposed changes to the regional goals and objectives package for the central coast
  • Receive and act on the Strategy for the Long-Term Funding of MPAs in California
  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations

2. MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT) presentation on ecological networks of marine protected areas
Dr. Steve Gaines, University of California, Santa Barbara

4. Candidate packages of MPAs for the central coast
Mary Gleason, Principal Planner, MLPA Initiative
Dr. Mark Carr, Dr. Steve Gaines and Dr. Steve Palumbi, Members, MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team
Panel of Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group members (Package 1 - Howard Egan and Dr. Richard Parrish, Package 2 - Kaitilin Gaffney and Ron Massengill, Package 3 - Michelle Knight and Dr. John Pearse, Package 4 - Don Canestro)

  1. Packages developed through the CCRSG process
    (Note: large file sizes, 1 to 2 MB each)
  2. Packages developed outside the CCRSG process
    (Note: large file sizes, 1 to 2 MB each)
  3. SAT analysis of MPA packages
    Dr. Mark Carr, Dr. Steve Gaines, Dr. Steve Palumbi
  1. Areas of Strong Convergence in MPA Packages

5. BRTF guidance to the CCRSG
John Kirlin

  1. TASK FORCE ACTION: Adopt work plan

6. Proposed revisions to regional goals and objectives package
Michael Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. Presentation of proposed revisions

7. Draft Strategy for the Long-Term Funding of MPAs in California
Craig Brown and Tim Cage, consultants to the MLPA Initiative

8. Administrative report
John Kirlin

  1. MLPA MOU report

9. Initiative budget
John Kirlin

  1. Update on the MLPA Initiative budget
  2. TASK FORCE ACTION: Request for additional authorization

September 28, 2005

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, California 93405

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on administrative items related to the MLPA Initiative
  • Receive update on actions taken by the Fish and Game Commission on the draft Master Plan Framework
  • Receive update on the progress of the MLPA Central Coast Project
  • Review provisional goals and objectives package adopted by the MLPA Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group
  • Provide general guidance to the CCRSG regarding provisional goals and objectives and answer specific questions posed by the CCRSG
  • Receive MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team presentations on science related to the MLPA
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations

6. Central coast process
Michael DeLapa, Central Coast Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

8. Provisional goals and objectives package adopted by the CCRSG: General guidance and questions that need to be answered by the BRTF
Michael DeLapa, John Kirlin and panel of CCRSG members
Michael Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative
Paul Reilly, Central Coast MLPA Coordinator, Department of Fish and Game

Associated Documents

July 11-12, 2005

Monday, July 11, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Mar Monte
1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, California 93103

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on the progress of the Central Coast Project
  • Receive MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team presentations on science related to the MLPA
  • Review a draft Master Plan Framework document on enforcement
  • Receive update on the Strategy for Long-Term Funding of Marine Protected Areas
  • Review MLPA Initiative budget for fiscal years 2004-05 and 2005-06 and adopt budget
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations

4. Initiative budget
John Kirlin

  1. Presentation and discussion of revised MLPA Initiative budgets

10. Enforcement Section

  1. Presentation on revised enforcement section
    John Ugoretz

May 23, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Byron Sher Auditorium
California Environmental Protection Agency Building

1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Adopt a draft Master Plan Framework document on enforcement
  • Receive update on the progress of the Central Coast Project
  • Receive update on the Strategy for Long-Term Funding of Marine Protected Areas
  • Receive update on finances
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations

2. Review of Fish and Game Commission meeting
John Kirlin, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative

3. Enforcement Section

  1. Presentation on enforcement section
    Frank Spear, Enforcement Advisor, Department of Fish and Game

9. Task force operations
Phil Isenberg and John Kirlin

  1. Fiscal update

April 11-12, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sheraton Pasadena
303 East Cordova Street
Pasadena, California 91101

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Designate the central coast study region
  • Receive expert and stakeholder input regarding the final draft master plan framework
  • Receive public comment on, discuss, and adopt a final draft master plan framework
  • Adopt a revised MLPA Initiative budget for fiscal year 2004-05
  • Adopt a strategy for stakeholder involvement and public participation
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Monday, April 11, 2005

2. Designating a central coast study region
John Kirlin, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative

  1. Update on the potential central coast study regions

4. Final draft master plan framework

  1. Presentation on the master plan framework development process
    John Kirlin
  2. Presentation of final draft master plan framework
    Mike Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

Research

5. Expert panel on defining a network of marine protected areas, especially as relevant to the final draft master plan framework

  1. Dr. Mark Carr, University of California at Santa Cruz and MLPA Science Advisory Team
  2. Dr. Jennifer Caselle, University of California at Santa Barbara
  3. Dominic Gregorio, State Water Resources Control Board Ocean Standards Unit
  4. Alfred Wanger, California Coastal Commission

6. Stakeholder panel on defining a network of marine protected areas, especially as relevant to the final draft master plan framework

  1. Richard Charter, Environmental Defense
  2. Zeke Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
  3. Brian Johnson, City of Santa Monica Environmental Programs Division
  4. Dick Long, Diving Unlimited International, Inc.
  5. Steve Scheiblauer, City of Monterey Harbor
  6. Dan Wolford, Coastside Fishing Club

8. Stakeholder participation in the MLPA Initiative process
Melissa Miller-Henson, Operations & Communications Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. Presentation of revised strategy for stakeholder and interested public participation

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

9. Initiative Budget: 9:00 a.m.
John Kirlin

  1. Presentation of revised MLPA Initiative budget

10. Follow-up items from prior BRTF meetings
John Kirlin

  1. January 2005 meeting summary
  2. Update on tasks and actions items from previous BRTF meetings

11. Master Plan Science Advisory Team
Mike Weber and John Ugoretz, MLPA Policy Advisor, DFG

  1. Second and third meeting summaries

February 22-23, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Byron Sher Auditorium
California Environmental Protection Agency Building

1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive expert and stakeholder input regarding the preliminary draft master plan framework
  • Receive public comment on and discuss the draft master plan framework
  • Select the central coast study region and discuss the timetable and process for later developing a proposal for network components of MPAs
  • Adopt an MLPA Initiative budget for fiscal year 2004-05
  • Adopt a revised plan for stakeholder involvement at both the statewide and regional levels
  • Receive public comment on items not on the agenda

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Tuesday, February 22, 2005

2. Preliminary Draft Master Plan Framework
Adobe PDF Document  |  Microsoft Word Document
(Appendices: Adobe PDF Document  |  Microsoft Word Document)
Mike Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. Presentation of preliminary draft master plan framework

Research

3. Expert panel on the science and research of marine resources, especially as relevant to the preliminary draft master plan framework

4. Stakeholder presentations on marine resources, especially as relevant to the preliminary draft master plan framework

  • Steve Campi, Central California Council of Diving Clubs
  • Michelle Knight, Adventures by the Sea Kayaks
  • Kaitilin Gaffney, The Ocean Conservancy
  • Vern Goerhing, California Fisheries Coalition
  • Tom Raftican, United Anglers of Southern California

6. Selecting a central coast study region
John Kirlin, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative

  1. Presentation on the process of applying the criteria adopted by the task force for considering and selecting the central coast study region
  2. Presentation of potential central coast study regions

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

7. Initiative Budget: 9:00 a.m.
John Kirlin

  1. Presentation of draft Task Force and Initiative budgets

8. Stakeholder Participation in MLPA Process
Melissa Miller-Henson, Operations & Communications Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. Presentation of revised Strategy for Stakeholder and Interested Public Participation

10. Master Plan Science Advisory Team (Science Team)
Mike Weber and John Ugoretz, MLPA Policy Advisor, DFG

  1. First meeting summary

11. Statewide Interests Group (SIG)
Melissa Miller-Henson

  1. January 27 meeting summary

January 10-11, 2005

Monday, January 10, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
1:00 - 8:00 p.m. BRTF field trip
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
CSU Long Beach Foundation
6300 State University Drive, Room 204
Long Beach, California

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive public comment on and adopt a revised work plan for developing the draft Master Plan Framework.
  • Receive public comment on and briefly discuss the initial expanded text of the draft Master Plan Framework.
  • Adopt the revised criteria for selecting the central coast project area.
  • Adopt a revised plan for stakeholder involvement at both the statewide and regional levels.
  • Adopt a revised outline of information required for MPA network proposals.
  • Adopt a revised travel reimbursement schedule.
  • Review the proposed Initiative budget and adopt a spending authority for the remainder of fiscal year 2004-05.
  • Discuss possible legal expense exposure of BRTF members and professional staff, and consider staff suggested alternatives.
  • Discuss interaction of task force members with stakeholders.

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Monday, January 10, 2005

3. Follow-up Items from Prior BRTF Meeting
John Kirlin, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative

  1. October 2004 meeting summary
  2. Update on tasks and actions items from previous meeting

4. Master Plan Science Advisory Team (Science Team)
Mike Weber, Senior MLPA Project Manager and John Ugoretz, MLPA Policy Advisor, DFG

  1. Appointments and first meeting summary

5. Statewide Interests Group
Melissa Miller-Henson, Operations & Communications Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. Appointments and first meeting summary

6. Task Force Operations and Budget
Phil Isenberg, Chair, and John Kirlin, Executive Director

  1. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt revised travel reimbursement guidelines

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

8. Mapping Resources, Regulated Areas, Uses and Actors
8:30 a.m.

John Ugoretz, MLPA Policy Advisor, DFG

10. Work Plan for draft Master Plan Framework
Mike Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt revised table of contents for draft master plan framework  (appendices)
  2. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt work plan and timeline

11. Central Coast MLPA Project Area
John Kirlin, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative

12. Information Required for Alternative Network Proposals
Mike Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

13. Response to BRTF request: other MPA processes

October 23-24, 2004

October 23-24, 2004
Central Valley Auditorium, Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive from Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman the charge to the Task Force, the scope of the objectives to be pursued by the Task Force, and the proposed timeline for achieving the objectives.
  • Identify the tasks necessary to achieve the first objective of the charge from the Secretary and consider a work plan to achieve the objective.
  • Discuss proposed criteria for selecting the central coast project area and receive public comment. Action at next meeting.
  • Review the proposed methods for stakeholder involvement at both the statewide and regional levels and solicit public comment. Action at next meeting.
  • Review the proposed draft outline of information required for MPA network proposals. Action at next meeting.
  • Adopt an interim Task Force spending authority and establish the process for developing an Initiative budget.
  • Identify and adopt internal operating procedures and policies.
  • Conduct a primer on marine managed areas, specifically MPAs and the MLPA.

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Saturday, October 23, 2004

5. General orientation to MPAs in California
Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy, California Natural Resources Agency

6. Initiative Objectives, Structure and Status

  1. Review any questions regarding the MLPA Initiative conceptual overview and roles and responsibilities of government and non-government participants
  2. Master Plan Science Advisory Team
    1. Charter

7. Task Force Operations
Phil Isenberg, Chair

  1. TASK FORCE ACTION: adoption of charter
  2. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt operating procedures and policies
    1. Policy on transparency
    2. Meeting procedures and decision-making

9. Work Plan for Draft Master Plan Framework

  1. Presentation on programmatic requirements in MLPA
  2. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt draft table of contents for draft master plan framework
  3. TASK FORCE ACTION: adopt recommended work plan and timeline

Meeting Documents and Presentations: Sunday, October 24, 2004

11. Stakeholder Participation in MLPA Process

  1. Recommendations for Strategies
    Gail Bingham, RESOLVE, Inc.
    1. Results of roundtable discussions
    2. Strategies used successfully elsewhere
    3. Recommendations for stakeholder and interested public participation at the statewide and regional level

14. Central Coast MLPA Project area

  1. Proposed criteria for considering and selecting the central coast project area

15. Information Required for Alternative Network Proposals

  1. Draft outline of information required for proposals for alternative networks of MPAs

Master Plan Science Advisory Team Meetings

November 9, 2006

November 9, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
San Jose State Building, Alquist Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Review of preliminary draft CEQA document for central coast MPAs
  • Review and discussion of the MLPA Baseline Science-Management Panel recommendations and draft monitoring plan for the central coast.
  • Update on analytical tools - Calzone
  • Final discussions of SAT structure and function for next region

September 25, 2006

September 25, 2006
Alfred E. Alquist State Building, 1st Floor Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113

Meeting Agenda

May 1, 2006

Monday, May 1, 2006
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
San Jose State Building, Alquist Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive draft SAT sub-team evaluation of MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force recommended central coast MPA packages
  • Discussion of potential changes based on DFG review of packages
  • Discussion of independent peer review(s) of SAT analyses
  • Discussion of lessons learned process and SAT lessons learned

March 2, 2006

Thursday, March 2, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
San Jose State Building, Alquist Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive draft SAT sub-team evaluation of revised proposed central coast MPA packages and new Package S
  • Confirm agreement on methods and results of SAT sub-team evaluation
  • Consider and approve an executive summary for SAT evaluation
  • Provide feedback to SAT members who will be presenting evaluations to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting on March 14-15
  • Seek SAT approval of proposed changes to the MLPA Master Plan Framework to forward to the California Fish and Game Commission

Meeting Documents

January 20, 2006

Friday, January 20, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
San Jose State Building, Alquist Auditorium
100 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose, CA 95113

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Hear and discuss presentations of MPA package evaluations
  • Develop report to BRTF evaluating proposed MPA packages

Meeting Materials

November 15, 2005

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Tuesday, November 15, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz Lab
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Meeting Objectives

  • Adopt list of central coast species most likely to benefit and key species from list
  • Evaluate preliminary marine protected area (MPA) array packages from the MLPA Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (CCRSG)
  • Discuss monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management framework

October 18, 2005

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Apple Farm - Harvest Room
2015 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Meeting Objectives

  • Discuss and adopt prioritized list of central coast species likely to benefit
  • Review draft network design presentation, discuss, edit and revise
  • Discuss criteria, process, and tools for MPA evaluations
  • Review and discussion of questions from CCRSG

September 19, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Cruz Lab
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Objectives

  • Adopt Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT) guidelines
  • Discuss and adopt prioritized list of central coast species likely to benefit
  • Discuss criteria, process, and tools for MPA evaluations
  • Review and discuss adopted Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (CCRSG) goals, objectives and design and implementation criteria
  • Review and discussion of questions from CCRSG

August 30, 2005

Meeting Agenda


Tuesday, August 30, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ludwig Community Center
864 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Meeting Objectives

  • Review and adopt Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT) guidelines
  • Discuss prioritized list and criteria for inclusion of central coast species likely to benefit
  • Discuss criteria, process, and tools for MPA evaluations
  • Review and discuss draft provisional Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (CCRSG) goals and objectives
  • Review and discussion of questions from CCRSG

August 2, 2005

Tuesday, August 2, 2005
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elihu Harris State Building, Room 10
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Objectives

  • Review and adopt Science Advisory Team (SAT) guidelines
  • Report on progress of species list and proposal evaluation sub-teams
  • Review and discussion of questions from Stakeholder Group
  • Review draft presentations to the Blue Ribbon Task Force

July 6, 2005

Wednesday, July 6, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ludwig Community Center
864 Santa Rosa St.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Objectives

  • Review and adopt Science Advisory Team (SAT) guidelines
  • Report from the Central Coast subteam on the first Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (CCRSG) meeting
  • Discussion of the formal interaction and dialog between SAT and CCRSG
  • Review of draft species list for MPA planning
  • Review of draft list of topics and draft presentations to the Blue Ribbon Task Force
  • Schedule future meetings and meeting agendas

May 11, 2005

May 11, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Elihu Harris State Building, Room 12
1515 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Meeting Summary

March 23, 2005

Wednesday, March 23, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elihu Harris State Office Building, Room 2
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Review information from sub-teams for inclusion in master plan framework: reserve design principles, habitat classifications, information sources and needs.
  • Review and comment on Revised Draft Master Plan Framework
  • Discuss SAT organizational and operational issues
  • Discuss SAT interaction with Blue Ribbon Task Force
  • Begin discussion of peer review process
  • Selection of members for Central Coast Science Sub-Team
  • Begin discussion of information needs and data management
  • Schedule future meetings and meeting agendas (Please bring your schedules!)

Meeting Materials

February 11, 2005

Friday, February 11, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elihu Harris State Office Building, Room 2
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • To review the roles and responsibilities of the Science Advisory Team
  • To comment on the draft design and evaluation of MPA networks section of the draft Master Plan Framework
  • To review application of the adopted criteria to potential central coast study regions
  • To discuss the monitoring and evaluation of MPAs section of the draft Master Plan Framework (if there is time)
  • To schedule future meetings (Please bring your schedules!)

Meeting Materials

3. Review of Draft Master Plan Framework: Design and Evaluation of MPA Networks
Adobe PDF Document  |  Microsoft Word Document
Mike Weber, Senior Project Manager, MLPA Initiative

  1. MLPA Goals and Definitions of MPAs
    Adobe PDF Document  |  Microsoft Word Document

4. Recommendations for the Central Coast Study Region
Adobe PDF Document
John Ugoretz

5. Draft Master Plan Framework: Monitoring and Evaluation of MPAs (possibly deferred to March meeting)
Adobe PDF Document  |  Microsoft Word Document

January 7, 2005

Meeting Date: January 7, 2005

Location: Elihu Harris State Building, Room 11, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland, California

Science Team members present: Loo Botsford, Mark Carr, Steve Gaines, Doyle Hanan, Rikk Kvitek, Steve Murray, Mark Ohman, Jeff Paduan, Linwood Pendleton, Steve Ralston, Laura Rogers-Bennett, Dave Schaub, Astrid Scholz, Rick Starr, William Sydeman, Dean Wendt, Mary Yoklavich.

Others present: Science Team Chair Steve Barrager and approximately 15 members of the public.

DFG staff: Dave Parker, Paul Reilly, John Ugoretz, Patty Wolf

MLPA Initiative Staff: John Kirlin, Mike Weber

Meeting Summary Adobe Reader required

Statewide Interests Group Meetings

September 21, 2006

September 21, 2006
Conference Call

No agenda or summary available

June 7, 2006

June 7, 2006
Conference Call

No agenda or summary available

March 24, 2006

March 24, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
Conference Call
(Revised March 22, 2006)

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on MPA packages
  • Debrief March 14-15, 2006 task force meeting (including updates on items not covered)
  • Additional tasks to support MLPA implementation approved by task force
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered in other agenda items
  • Updates on future meetings (BRTF, SIG and SAT)
  • Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

February 17, 2006

February 17, 2006, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  1. Receive update on central coast process and MPA packages
  2. Debrief January 31 & February 1 task force meeting
  3. Receive update on "lessons learned" project
  4. Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered in other agenda items
  5. Updates on future meetings (BRTF, SIG and SAT)
  6. Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

December 15, 2005

December 15, 2005, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on central coast process
  • Receive update on science team presentations
  • Debrief November task force meeting
  • Discuss "lessons learned" project
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered on other agenda items
  • Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG and SAT)
  • Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

October 7, 2005

October 7, 2005, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  1. Receive update on central coast process
  2. Reminder of process and deadline for submitting MPA proposals
  3. Discuss additional science presentations
  4. Debrief September task force meeting
  5. Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered on other agenda items
  6. Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG, SAT and CCRSG)
  7. Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

July 20, 2005

July 20, 2005, 2:00-3:45 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on central coast process
  • Identify process and ground rules for submitting MPA proposals
  • Discuss additional science presentations
  • Debrief July task force meeting
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered on other agenda items
  • Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG, SAT and CCRSG)
  • Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

June 3, 2005

June 3, 2005, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  • Receive update on central coast process
  • Discuss how additional science presentations can help task force and regional stakeholder group achieve objectives for future meetings
  • Debrief May task force meeting with Fish and Game Commission
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not specifically covered on other agenda items
  • Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG, SAT and CCRSG)
  • Summarize next steps

Meeting Materials

April 21, 2005

April 21, 2005, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Discuss central coast process, including regional stakeholder group
  • Discuss how presentations can help task force achieve objective for future meetings
  • Debrief April task force meeting and stakeholder involvement, including stakeholder panels
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not covered
  • Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG, SAT and CCRSG)
  • Summarize next steps

March 4, 2005

March 4, 2005
12:00 noon - 1:45 p.m.

Meeting Agenda | Meeting Summary


Meeting Objectives

  • Debrief central coast workshops
  • Debrief February task force meeting and stakeholder involvement, including stakeholder panel
  • Discuss how stakeholder presentations can help task force achieve objective for April meeting
  • Obtain update on stakeholder comments on draft master plan framework
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement and process topics not covered
  • Updates on future meeting dates (BRTF, SIG and SAT)
  • Summarize next steps

January 27, 2005

January 27, 2005
1:45-3:45 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Objectives

  • Debrief January task force meeting and stakeholder involvement opportunities, including the stakeholder panel (what went well and what might be improved?)
  • Discuss how stakeholder presentations and possible field trip can help task force achieve the objectives for the February meeting
  • Obtain update on, and discuss approach to, stakeholder comments on draft master plan framework
  • Learn about and discuss proposed February workshops for stakeholder involvement in applying the criteria adopted by the task force for selecting the central coast project area
  • Updates on future meeting dates (Blue Ribbon Task Force, Statewide Interests Group and Science Advisory Team)
  • Share other ideas for strengthening stakeholder involvement
  • Summarize next steps

Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome, roll call, and logistics for conference call: 1:45 - 1:55 p.m.
    Phil Isenberg, MLPA Task Force Chair
    Gail Bingham, Resolve Facilitator


  2. Stakeholder involvement at January task force meeting: 1:55 - 2:10 p.m.
    • what went well?
    • suggestions for changes
    • comments on the website
  3. February task force meeting: 2:10 - 2:45 p.m.
    [Key objectives: 1) selection of central coast project area and 2) review of initial draft language on design and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks, and on monitoring and evaluation]
    • composition of expert panel (who, if anyone, in addition to selected members of the science team?)
    • approach to stakeholder panel (how structured, who?)
    • suggestions for field trip
  4. Process for stakeholder comments on draft master plan framework: 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
    • information about proposed approach and timing
    • clarification questions?
    • suggestions for improvement?
  5. Applying central coast criteria stakeholder workshops: 3:00 - 3:20 p.m.
    • information: purpose, dates and locations.
    • clarification questions?
    • timing preferences?
    • suggestions for improvement?
  6. Open discussion: 3:20 - 3:35 p.m.
    [What topics would you like to address that you haven't been asked?]

  7. Information on future meeting dates: 3:35 - 3:40 p.m.
    [BRTF, SIG, SAT]
    • any major events that pose conflicts?
  8. Wrap up: 3:40 - 3:45 p.m.
    • action items and next steps
    • suggestions for future SIG agenda items

Meeting Summary

Welcome, Roll Call, and Logistics for Conference Call

The meeting began with a brief welcome by Phil Isenberg, chair of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force. The facilitator, Gail Bingham from RESOLVE, called the roll with 22 members and alternates initially present. MLPA Initiative staff participated in the call, including John Kirlin, Melissa Miller-Henson and Mike Weber. Also present on the call were California Department of Fish and Game MLPA staff Paul Reilly and John Ugoretz. Susan Golding, a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, also participated.

Stakeholder Involvement at January Task Force Meeting

SIG members were asked about stakeholder involvement at the January Task Force meeting, including what went well, suggestions for changes, and comments on the website. Several participants remarked that the meeting went very well. Other member comments (followed by responses from the initiative staff, where appropriate) included the following:

  • It would help to be notified by email when pre-meeting material becomes available on the Web.
  • It was good that the task force allowed an opportunity for the public to speak, but it would be helpful to have a better idea of when that opportunity would happen so that working people interested in commenting can time their participation efficiently. Chair Isenberg noted that those who wanted to have input in the process should take advantage of their stakeholder representatives on the SIG as much as possible (otherwise the task force would be overwhelmed trying to hear everyone's concerns in person), that the task force's first obligation was to complete the work before it at each meeting, and that the timing of public comments would have to be subject to that obligation.
  • The field trip was an excellent opportunity for interaction with the task force members, but the substance of the interactions was a bit too general (non-specific). It was observed that the discussion would likely become more focused as the task force delves into "the guts" of its work over the next few weeks and months.
  • Participants inquired about the audio and video coverage, particularly of the field trip, that was supposed to be on the web. The video portion is important in order to be able to clearly understand who was talking and what was being discussed at the meeting. Initiative staff responded that most of the video should be up on the web now, except the video for the field trip which would take longer because it was more time-consuming to prepare.
  • It can be difficult to piece together MLPA information on the Web to create a clear understanding of what is supposed to happen and when. It would be helpful to add a detailed timeline to the MLPA Initiative website.
  • The remote locations for live viewing of the meeting were a good idea, but next time, if there are technical difficulties, they should not be permitted to interfere with the flow of the meeting itself. Thanks were expressed to Chair Isenberg and Fish and Game Director Ryan Broddrick, who took the time to visit the Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show in San Francisco.

February Task Force Meeting

John Kirlin provided an overview of the upcoming February task force meeting. Key objectives for the meeting include: (1) selection of central coast project area based on the criteria adopted at the January task force meeting, and (2) review of initial draft language for the master plan framework on design and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks, and on monitoring and evaluation. Initial thoughts are to have a panel of experts and a panel of stakeholders at the meeting to offer advice to the task force as they consider these issues. These major items would be first on the agenda for the two-day meeting, and additional "housekeeping" items (including budget setting and timelines) would be reserved for the second day.

Staff noted that they were still in the early phases of setting the meeting agenda and that they wanted SIG input as soon as possible, both on the concept of the two panels and on the composition of the panels. Regarding the expert panel, staff specifically asked whether stakeholders would want the task force to hear from scientists in addition to those who might be invited from the MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team. General and specific suggestions regarding the make-up of the panel included the following:

  • A recent set of recommendations were published and this might be a good source for experts.
  • The expert panel should have members that can speak to the status and condition of the resource in the central coast area, as well as management and regulation in the area.
  • The panel should have representation from the Monterey Bay Area.
  • Specific nominations (from the science team): Rick Starr, Mark Carr, Steven Palumbi, and one of the two economists.
  • Specific nominations (not from the science team): John Pearse (Monterey Bay), Dan Pondella, Larry Allen, Rebecca Lent, Richard Parrish, Ralph Larson, Steve Ralston, and Pete Raimondi.

Acknowledging that it was difficult to make recommendations having only received the agenda the night before this call, the initiative staff said it would take additional suggestions by email over the next few days. There was also a brief discussion of nominees for additional members of the science team, in the context of suggesting them also for the expert panel. It was noted that additional nominations had been received and that they were under consideration; a decision on additional members would be announced soon. Chair Isenberg urged the initiative staff to accommodate some of the stakeholders' suggestions. SIG members were also asked about the approach to the stakeholder panel - how it should be structured and who should be on it. Many on the call were comfortable with structuring the panel as was done at the first task force meeting, selecting a single representative to represent five broad categories of perspectives: commercial fishing, recreational fishing, diving, conservation, and ports/harbors. Comments about the categories included the suggestion to add municipal government/stormwater perspectives and to be careful to find representatives who appreciate all aspects of these diverse communities. (The point was made about the diving community, but others echoed the sentiment.) Specific suggestions included:

  • Jesus Ruiz
  • Someone from the Tidepool Coalition
  • Howard Egan(on the MPA working group of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary)
  • Mike Ricketts, Tom Capen (fishermen)
  • Kaitilin Gaffney (conservation)
  • Tom Raftican or Ben Sleeter (recreational fishing)

Offers to identify people in specific categories included:

  • Someone representing harbors (from Steve Scheiblauer)
  • A representative of municipal governments with responsibility for stormwater discharges (from Bobbi Larson)
  • A local businessperson (from Karen Garrison, Steve Scheiblauer)

Finally, members were asked for suggestions for a field trip. Members agreed to send their suggestions by email for review by the initiative staff. Steve Scheiblauer extended an invitation to the task force members attending the February 22 meeting to attend a Monday celebration of Monterey Bay (a more formal invitation would be forthcoming).

Process for Stakeholder Comments on the Draft Master Plan Framework

Mike Weber provided a brief overview of the status and timetable for development of, and comments on, the draft master plan framework (M PF). (See proposed timeline attached at the end of this summary.)

Draft language regarding design and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks, as well as monitoring and evaluation, will be available soon, in advance of the science team meeting on February 11. Additional draft sections of the MPF will be available after the science team meeting and before the February 22 task force meeting. Staff will accept comments on this first draft until February 25. [Note: this has since been changed to March 1.] A revised version of the MPF will then be available by March 15, with comments on that draft due March 25. A recommended draft master plan framework will be released April 4 for review and adoption at the April 11 task force meeting.

Staff noted that the February draft will still be a work in progress and that comments are very welcome. The staff also said they would try to respond to stakeholder comments in writing (depending on the volume of comments), but at the very least they were planning to use the "track changes" function of a word processing program to provide clear redline/strikeout versions of the draft MPF as it is revised. Chair Isenberg acknowledged the frustration at the very tight timelines for public and stakeholder review, but noted that the timetable was given to the task force as well and that the MPF needs to be completed as soon as possible. Stakeholders are urged, where possible, to plan meetings of their constituents now with the schedule for reviewing the draft MPF in mind.

Mike Weber expressed willingness to talk with stakeholders about their comments. However, most find email an effective and efficient vehicle of communication.

Chair Isenberg noted that even though the task force will have completed the draft MPF in April, the Fish and Game Commission will not adopt anything before its meeting in August.

Workshops for Applying the Central Coast Project Selection Criteria
[Note: the term "project area" was changed to "study region" subsequent to this call.]

Two workshops are planned prior to the next task force meeting to gather additional stakeholder input on selecting the central coast project area. The two tentative locations set for these workshops are Morro Bay and either the Santa Rosa or Sausalito area.

Staff noted that the selection of the project boundaries was important enough to warrant these additional workshops in order to (1) review the criteria for determining the boundaries adopted by the task force in January, (2) review the suggested project boundaries received so far, and (3) accept other options that meet the selection criteria. These will be hands-on workshops with maps and GIS projections and will likely last 3-4 hours. The workshops will focus on applying the criteria to possible project boundaries. Approximately 10 suggestions for project boundaries have been received so far, and staff are developing a matrix comparing them. Participants requested that initiative staff make the matrix of suggested project boundaries available as soon as possible in advance of the workshops.

Terminology can be confusing. John Ugoretz clarified that the central coast project area will be a smaller defined area within the larger central coast biogeographic zone described in the MLPA itself, and that the entire project area will not be a marine protected area. Within the project area it is contemplated that there will be the opportunity to describe one or more MPA networks. (Efforts to clarify terminology will be needed for the public to understand exactly what is being discussed in the workshops and at the upcoming task force meeting.)

The meetings will be two of the following three days: February 15, 16, or 17. [Note: subsequent to this call, a third meeting was added.)

Initiative staff asked for input on where the second workshop should be held. One suggestion was to hold three meetings - two at the far ends of the possible range of boundaries for the project and one somewhere in the middle of the region (e.g. Half Moon Bay). Santa Rosa is easier for those coming from the far northern part of the central coast. Sausalito is closer to the centers of population and Santa Cruz. Because the region is large, availability of simultaneous web casting capabilities in selecting a site was urged.

Staff also asked for input on what time of day the meetings should be held. Some participants felt evening meetings were important for improving attendance from those with non-fishing jobs (i.e., beginning after 7:00 p.m.). Other members suggested slightly earlier timeframes (beginning around 6:00 or 6:30 p.m.) and some suggested that meetings should begin much earlier (by 5:00 p.m. at the latest) because commercial fishermen have to get up very early. Only a few had concerns about holding the meeting from 6-9:30 or so.

Open Discussion

The audio tape for the science team meeting where the selection criteria were discussed was very poor. Staff reported that the audio technician was thrown off by last minute changes in the room configuration and that this would not happen again.

A question was asked about the effect of the new California Ocean Protection Act on the implementation of the MLPA. At least one stakeholder group has submitted a legal opinion on the matter to the task force. Chair Isenberg commented that some aspects of this are decisions for the Resources Agency, and the task force is seeking clarification about how it should respond or react. The task force also does not yet have clarification on the liability issues, which it hopes to get as soon as legal counsel is available.

There was a question regarding the status of maps showing existing closed areas or MPAs. Staff responded that everything that is mappable is mapped, but that some data are difficult to show on a hard copy map (e.g., because the boundaries of some closed areas move according to the season). Staff indicated they did have better maps than had been available from NMFS, however.

Information on Future Meeting Dates

Task Force Meetings:
February 22-23: Monterey
April 11-12: TBD
May 23: Sacramento

Science Team Meetings:
February 11: Oakland
March 23: Oakland

Proposed SIG meetings (by teleconference):
March 4: 1:30-3:30
April 21: 1:30-3:30
June 3: 1:30-3:30

The March 4 SIG conference call conflicts with the Fred Hall show in Long Beach (where some members have obligations). Staff said they would look into whether it would be possible to have that call from noon to 2:00 pm. It was also suggested that the upcoming Fred Hall and SCUBA shows would make good opportunities for task force members to make public appearances and answer questions. Chair Isenberg stated that the invitation is appreciated and, although they may not always be available, he or other members of the task force (or the executive director) would try to accommodate such requests when possible.

Wrap Up

The conference call adjourned at 3:45 PM.

California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative: Schedule for Review of the Draft Master Plan Framework Revised February 3, 2005

Over the next two months, the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Master Plan Science Advisory Team and stakeholders will be reviewing draft text for the master plan framework. The task force is scheduled to adopt a draft master plan framework at its April 11-12, 2005 meeting, after which the document will be forwarded to the Department of Fish and Game (DFG). DFG will then submit its recommended draft master plan framework for consideration by the Fish and Game Commission over succeeding months. Target dates for discussion and review of the draft master plan framework are as follows:

February 9: Release draft sections of the master plan framework on the design and evaluation of MPAs and MPA networks and on monitoring and evaluation. Begin public comment on these draft sections.

February 11: Review of initial sections at the science team meeting.

February 17: Release of other sections of the draft master plan framework.

February 22: Review of all sections of the draft master plan framework at the task force meeting, solicit input from expert and stakeholder panels, and receive public comment.

March 1: Public comment closes on first draft sections.

March 15: Revised draft master plan framework is released for public comment.

March 23: Review of key sections of the revised draft master plan framework by the science team.

March 25: Public comment closes on revised draft.

April 4: Public release of recommended draft master plan framework.

April 11: The task force reviews and adopts a recommended draft master plan framework after public comment.

April 15: Recommended draft master plan framework is submitted to DFG.

May 23: DFG presents a draft master plan framework to the Fish and Game Commission and public comment is solicited. The Fish and Game Commission process will last several months and will include several opportunities for public comment.

All draft documents will be posted to the MLPA Initiative website as soon as possible after their release. If you have questions or comments on these draft documents, please contact Mike Weber at Mike.Weber@resources.ca.gov.

December 16, 2004

December 16, 2004
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Conference Call

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Review charge and confirm operating protocols
  • Members of the group, staff and Task Force introduce themselves to one another and become better acquainted
  • Debrief October Task Force meeting and stakeholder involvement opportunities, including the stakeholder panel
  • Discuss stakeholder presentations for January Task Force meeting
  • Discuss approach to stakeholder comments on draft Master Plan Framework
  • Discuss how to balance multiple-stakeholder and single-stakeholder consultations
  • Discuss frequency and timing of future Statewide Interest Group conference calls
  • Summarize next steps

Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group Meetings

December 6-7, 2005

December 6-7, 2005
The Beach Resort Monterey
2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Report on SAT guidance, BRTF review, and staff analysis on candidate MPA packages
  • Invite presentation and discussion on revised candidate MPA packages
  • Assess CCRSG support for respective candidate MPA packages
  • Outline presentation for January BRTF meeting
  • Conclude CCRSG work with thanks and appreciation

Attachments

Handouts

November 9-10, 2005

November 9-10, 2005
Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Present and discuss initial candidate MPA packages
  • Provide CCRSG members with opportunities to caucus (both within and across interest groups) to discuss and refine candidate MPA packages
  • Outline CCRSG presentation to BRTF on candidate MPA packages and next steps for the December CCRSG meeting

Attachments

Handouts

October 5-6, 2005

October 5-6, 2005
The Beach Resort Monterey
2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Receive report back from BRTF on key guidance
  • Demonstrate IMSG support tool
  • Provide overview of approach for evaluating and proposing MPAs
  • Review preliminary evaluation of existing MPAs
  • Begin producing inventory of candidate MPAs, including initial evaluation and critique

Attachments

Handouts

September 7-8, 2005

September 7-8, 2005
Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
Cambria, CA

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Objectives

  • Review process for completing CCRSG work
  • Begin addressing outstanding issues of concern with a "TBD Bin" approach
  • Review, discuss, revise, and adopt provisional Regional Objectives
  • Begin evaluation of existing MPAs
  • Present final Regional Profile

Attachments

Handouts

August 10-11, 2005

August 10-11, 2005
The Beach Resort Monterey
2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Review and discuss second draft of Regional Profile
  • Review, discuss, and adopt Regional Objectives
  • Review draft monitoring and evaluation report
  • Begin preparations for September CCRSG meeting

Attachments

July 7-8, 2005

July 7-8, 2005
Veteran's Memorial Hall
209 Surf Street
Morro Bay, CA 93442

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Review and provide targeted feedback toward refinement of draft Regional Profile
  • Review and revise preliminary draft regional goals developed by work team
  • Provide updates to RSG members on communication protocols and information development
  • Convene work teams; begin preparations for August RSG meetings

Attachments

Handouts

June 8-9, 2005

June 8-9, 2005
The Beach Resort Monterey
2600 Sand Dunes Drive
Monterey, CA 93940

Meeting Agenda and Summary

Meeting Objectives

  • Introduce CCRSG members and project support staff
  • Review and adopt ground rules
  • Review project goals and work plan
  • Review key findings of stakeholder interviews
  • Review background information and information needs
  • Begin preparations for July CCRSG meeting

Attachments

Handouts

Public Workshops

February 15-17, 2005: Public workshops for applying selection criteria to potential central coast study regions

Workshop Announcement | Workshop Materials

Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California
2099 Westside Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
University Inn & Conference Center
611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Thursday, February 17, 2005, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Morro Bay Veterans Hall
209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442