California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Master Plan Science Advisory Team (North Coast Study Region)

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News Release: CDFG Director Donald Koch announces members of the MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team Adobe Reader required
(October 27, 2009)

The MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team (SAT) will be appointed by the director of the California Department of Fish and Game to help advise the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. The SAT provides the scientific information and technical judgment that assists with: (1) meeting the objectives of the MLPA; (2) providing informed recommendations to the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF); and (3) completing the master plan for marine protected areas (MPAs).

The SAT reviews and comments on scientific papers relevant to the implementation of the MLPA, reviews alternative MPA proposals, reviews master plan documents, responds to scientific issues presented in those documents, and addresses scientific questions raised by the BRTF and stakeholders. Members of the SAT are technical experts in a range of fields including marine ecology, fisheries, the design of marine protected areas, economics, and social sciences.

Members of the North Coast MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team

  • Larry Allen, California State University Northridge, Department of Biology (Terminal Island)
  • Eric Bjorkstedt, National Marine Fisheries Service (Trinidad)
  • Mark Carr, University of California, Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab (Santa Cruz)
  • Chris Costello, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (Santa Barbara)
  • Kevin Fleming, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources Division (Sacramento)
  • Steve Gaines, Marine Science Institute (Santa Barbara)
  • Dominic Gregorio, State Water Resources Control Board (Sacramento)
  • Dawn Goley, Humboldt State University, Marine Mammal Education and Research Program (Arcata)
  • David Hankin, Humboldt State University, Fisheries Biology Department (Arcata)
  • John Largier, University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory (Bodega Bay)
  • Ron LeValley, Mad River Biologists (Eureka)
  • Phillip Levin, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Fisheries (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Steven Morgan, University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory (Bodega Bay)
  • Steven Murray, California State University Fullerton, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Fullerton)
  • Karina Nielsen, Sonoma State University, Department Of Biology (Rohnert Park)
  • Peter Raimondi, University of California, Santa Cruz, Long Marine Lab (Santa Cruz)
  • Steven Rumrill, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Charleston, Ore.)
  • Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust, Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (Portland, Ore.)
  • Craig Strong, Crescent Coastal Research (Crescent City)
  • Stephen Wertz, California Department of Fish and Game (Los Alamitos)
  • Will White, University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory (Bodega Bay)

Call for Nominations for the North Coast Science Advisory Team Adobe Reader required
(July 20, 2009)