California Department of Fish and Wildlife

MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force Transmittal of Central Coast Project Recommendations to the California Department of Fish and Game (April 28, 2006)

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Transmittal memo from MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force Chair Phil Isenberg to California Department of Fish and Game Director L. Ryan Broddrick

Attachment A: E-mail messages from BRTF members Doug Wheeler and Jane Pisano

Attachment B: MLPA BRTF member comments on the central coast MPA packages

Attachment C: Six binders with background materials

Binder I: Initiative Authorization and Organization

  1. MOU among the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Fish and Game, and Resources Legacy Fund Foundation
  2. Organization chart / Communication network
  3. Roles and responsibilities
  4. Charters (BRTF, SAT, SIG, CCRSG)
  5. Rosters of members and staff (BRTF, SAT, SIG, CCRSG, staff)
  6. Strategy for Stakeholder and Interested Public Participation
  7. Marine Life Protection Act
  8. Marine Managed Areas Improvement Act

Binder II: Legal and Policy Context Documents

  1. Adopted MLPA Master Plan Framework
  2. Legal opinions
  3. Chair Isenberg memos to CCRSG and stakeholders
  4. Memos to Blue Ribbon Task Force
    1. DFG memo regarding existing fishing regulations and statutes (January 24, 2006):
      Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
    2. DFG memo regarding state marine reserves and commercial kelp harvesting
    3. Letters regarding MPAs and Vandenberg Air Force Base
    4. Memo regarding qualitative standards of the MLPA and qualitative guidelines of the MLPA Master Plan Framework
    5. Memo regarding socioeconomic considerations in developing alternative network components
    6. Memo regarding final steps in the central coast planning process
    7. Memo regarding MLPA process requirements
  5. Final Report on Long-Term Funding for Implementing the Marine Life Protection Act (December 21, 2005)
  6. Long-term funding strategy memo to Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman (February 15, 2006)

Binder III: Best Readily Available Science

  1. External peer review of MLPA Master Plan Framework
  2. Species likely to benefit from MPAs
  3. Methods for analyzing packages of MPAs in achieving the goals of the MLPA (related to representative or unique habitats; size and spacing; replication; and recreational, educational and study opportunities)
    1. Overall SAT evaluation methods
    2. Draft SAT methodology for evaluating MLPA goals 1 and 4 related to habitat representation in MPA packages in the central coast study region
    3. SAT methodology for evaluating MLPA goals 2 and 6 related to the size and spacing of MPAs in MPA packages in the central coast study region
    4. MLPA Initiative staff and SAT methodology for evaluating MLPA goal 3 related to recreational, educational and study opportunities in proposed MPA packages in the central coast study region
  4. Literature surveys of the economics of non-consumptive activities
    1. Literature review for the potential economic value of marine recreational fishing
    2. Literature review for the potential economic value of marine wildlife viewing and whale watching
    3. Literature review for the potential economic value of SCUBA diving and snorkeling
  5. SAT methodology for evaluating fisheries potentially affected by MPA packages in the central coast study region

Binder IV: Process Records

  1. List of all public meetings, by group and by reverse chronological order
  2. Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group meeting agendas and key outcomes memos
  3. Blue Ribbon Task Force meeting agendas and summaries
  4. Master Plan Science Advisory Team meeting agendas and summaries
  5. Statewide Interest Group meeting agendas and summaries

Binder V: Central Coast Regional Profile

  1. Central Coast Regional Profile (with Appendices)

Binder VI: Developing Packages of MPAs for the Central Coast

  1. Central Coast Goals, Objectives, and Design and Implementation Considerations
  2. MPA package percentage of study region area graphs, by MPA types and levels of protection
  3. Existing MPAs
    1. Maps
    2. Staff summary
    3. Habitat representation
  4. MPA Package 1
    1. Maps
    2. Staff summary
    3. Individual MPAs matrix
    4. Habitat representation
  5. MPA Package 2R
    1. Maps
    2. Staff summary
    3. Individual MPAs matrix
    4. Habitat representation
  6. MPA Package 3R
    1. Maps
    2. Staff summary
    3. Individual MPAs matrix
    4. Habitat representation
  7. Side-by-side comparison of proposed MPAs (maps) and regulations for packages 1, 2R and 3R (by subregion) with existing MPAs identified (note that these files are formatted to print on legal sized paper)
    1. Subregion 1: Pigeon Point to Capitola
    2. Subregion 2: Capitola to Monterey Breakwater
    3. Subregion 3: Monterey Breakwater to Point Sur
    4. Subregion 3 Inset: Monterey Peninsula
    5. Subregion 4: Point Sur to San Martin
    6. Subregion 5: San Martin to Point Estero
    7. Subregion 6: Point Estero to Santa Maria River
    8. Subregion 6 Inset: Morro Bay
    9. Subregion 7: Santa Maria River to Point Conception
  8. Comparison of proposed MPA regulations for packages 0, 1, 2R and 3R (all subregions in a single file)