Come listen and learn during a public meeting of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. Friday, March 18, 2011, 9:00 am – 3:30pm, in Ventura, CA (Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center Auditorium, Channel Islands National Park Headquarters1901 Spinnaker Drive). For additional information: (805) 884-1464 or http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html.
What: The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC). Highlights include updates and discussions on work to reduce whale ship strikes, ocean acidification, Channel Islands Argonauts, research and monitoring updates, oil spill exercise update, and working group announcements.
When: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Channel Islands National Park Headquarters (1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor, CA)
Who: The Sanctuary Advisory Council (twenty-one members representing the interests of commercial fishing, recreational fishing, non-consumptive recreation, tourism, business, research, education, conservation, Chumash community, public at-large, and ten government agencies), Superintendent Chris Mobley.
Draft Meeting Agenda (subject to possible change – check channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html before the meeting):
9:00 am Administrative Business and Announcements, Superintendent’s Report, nomination and election of Council Chair
10:00 am Channel Islands Argonauts
10:30 am Update on proposed aquaculture policy from NOAA and Department of Commerce
11:30 am Public Comment (1st of 2)
11:45 am Project Results Briefing: “Reducing the Risk of Vessel Strikes to Whales in the Santa Barbara Channel”
12:15 pm LUNCH Break
1:15 pm Update on Ocean Acidification
1:45 pm Update by Research and Monitoring Activities Panel, and CINMS Science Needs assessment
2:45 pm Update on planned Oil Spill Exercise
3:00 pm Public Comment (2nd of 2)
3:15 pm Working Group Reports
3:30 pm Meeting close-out and Adjourn
More information about the Sanctuary Advisory Council and this meeting: channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/main.html