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Hello everybody. 00:00:01
Welcome to the BNRC November meeting. 00:00:05
We'll call this meeting to order. May we get a roll call please? 00:00:10
Yes, hold on. 00:00:18
Bear with me real quick. 00:00:22
OK, very good chair. 00:00:33
Present Chair or excuse me, Commissioner Briston, Commissioner. 00:00:36
Commission. 00:00:42
President, Commissioner Walking Stick, present Commissioner Wu Tan. 00:00:43
Present. 00:00:49
Commissioner Gorman. 00:00:51
Thank you. And Chair Myers, thank you. Oh my gosh, I'm a little out of practice, aren't I? 00:00:54
I'll get right back into the swing of things. Give me two. 00:01:01
Yeah, you and me both. 00:01:04
OK. I had AI guess we do the approval of the agenda first. 00:01:07
So let's do that. May I have a motion to approve the agenda? 00:01:13
So moved. 00:01:20
I. 00:01:21
All in favor. 00:01:24
Aye. 00:01:26
OK, agenda approved. 00:01:31
Start this meeting by welcoming back Kathy Wooten, who was formerly on BNRC and has agreed to join us again. We're so happy to 00:01:36
have you back. 00:01:40
And also Jennifer Garner Gormer is here. She is new to BNRC and we look forward to working together. 00:01:46
Thank you so much. 00:01:55
Does anybody else here have any announcements they'd like to make? 00:01:57
And this probably goes to Mr. Go. 00:02:08
Goes to go. How about that? 00:02:12
I just wondered if you have now or might in the near future have an update on the enforcement of the plastics ordinance in town 00:02:15
and. 00:02:19
How our enforcement officer is coming with his new job. 00:02:24
I can provide you with a brief update. If Chair Myers would allow that at the present moment that would be wonderful. The plastic 00:02:31
ordinances updates is going to be before City Council I believe December 20th. 00:02:37
To make those for the council to hear on a concept level those changes to the ordinance. 00:02:44
And enforcement. 00:02:51
If there's an enforcement issue that needs to be brought to our attention, please let me know and I'll bring it forward to our Co 00:02:55
compliance officer. 00:02:58
And we can. 00:03:02
But unless we know it, we're not actively going. 00:03:05
And looking for violations. They're on. 00:03:10
Bring it to our attention. 00:03:14
So it occurred to me to ask a follow-up question. When the ordinance passes City Council at the conceptual level, how does it get 00:03:22
to the enforcement level? And like, how does enforcement change? Will it always be that we have to call in a violation or? 00:03:30
Does it work another way? And like what's the difference between commercial and? 00:03:38
Just, you know, spell it out. Real simple. You know, be brief because this wasn't on the agenda. So yeah, we gotta caution 00:03:43
ourselves talking about it, but. 00:03:47
It will go through City Council on the concept level. 00:03:51
Give the thumbs up, Thumbs down. Change something. 00:03:54
We'll finalize up the ordinance through the City Attorney's office. We'll bring that forward for council consideration. 00:03:57
At a very near future meeting after the concept passes. 00:04:03
They'll hear the first reading make changes or prove it as is. 00:04:07
Then we'll read it for second reading, because you got to post the first one second reading. 00:04:12
Once that second reading occurs, usually within 30 days. 00:04:18
That becomes code and gets enacted into our code. So basically local law. 00:04:23
And. 00:04:28
Businesses and so on and so forth have to start following that. 00:04:30
Code section. 00:04:34
We're not going out. Like I say, an actively. 00:04:36
Looking for violations, but if somebody calls and says that, it is business. 00:04:41
Complying to the code. Then we'll go out and we'll. 00:04:45
Do a follow up with that. 00:04:50
One last little tiny thing. 00:04:53
Hopefully. 00:04:55
Will the businesses in town be getting any kind of a reminder from the city that this is now in action it that it's now an active 00:04:57
ordinance so that they will be either reminded or told for the first time about it? 00:05:03
Yes, we've been working with the Chamber of Commerce as we have been before and though and when it becomes enacted, we'll let the 00:05:10
businesses know. 00:05:14
Thank you. 00:05:18
Yeah, I just would like. 00:05:23
Give some shout out, some thank yous. Amanda Priest, thank you for the George Washington Park walkthrough that you did last month. 00:05:25
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, thank you for the monarch butterfly neighbor meeting that we had. It was very successful 00:05:34
and I also want to just. 00:05:39
Thank the counters that are out there. 00:05:45
Monarch counters as well as Allison Villag, who is doing AC Watch. 00:05:49
So. 00:05:54
I attended online. 00:06:05
Presentation by Noah, and it was called How to Be a Good Witness. 00:06:09
To wildlife harassment and essentially takeaways were that there is only one enforcement officer on the entire West Coast and 00:06:13
therefore when and the the presentation was excellent, they did the difference between disturbance and and harassment and what 00:06:20
hazing was and and. 00:06:27
How you're allowed to protect yourself from wildlife or your property but. 00:06:36
The real take homes were. 00:06:42
Because there's only one officer on the. 00:06:45
West Coast that can respond to your Cal tip calls. It's really important that you document everything you can. If you can get a 00:06:49
vehicle license number. If you can get what were they wearing? A hat? What color shirt? What kind of color Hair. 00:06:56
Any numbers on the on the boat that they were in, Any information you can photos, videos. 00:07:04
Because what they'll do is take those then and look at them at a later time. 00:07:12
Because they can't simply can't get. 00:07:18
Everything and just as a reminder to all of us when we're talking about these issues, guidelines cannot be enforced and 00:07:21
regulations can. And I got a couple of phone numbers for like the West Coast regional stranding network and. 00:07:30
Anyway, another one for. 00:07:42
Office of Law Enforcement Hotline. So if you call any phone number to the. 00:07:47
Murray Bay Sanctuary. Essentially, they forward your call. 00:07:53
Office of Law Enforcement Hotlines. I might as well just we might as well put that on our BNRC page. Or maybe we can. 00:08:00
Put it into the website and then I did want to shout out to Amanda. Also, thank you very much. If you ever get paid for, like all 00:08:07
the volunteer work you do, you're going to be so rich. 00:08:12
But the purpose of her walk through George Washington Park was to educate people about what the difference was between a pile of 00:08:19
brush and. 00:08:24
Potential bird habitat, ground nesting bird habitat. And so she did that very well and I came away very educated and the other 00:08:29
thing we identified was. 00:08:34
The necessity to down the trees that have fallen across and they're kind of hanging out. 00:08:39
10 feet in the air or something so they can decompose and the removal of the invasive Cape Ivy because it doesn't feed or provide 00:08:48
habitat to anything. So hopefully we can do that. 00:08:53
And then the third thing that was cool is Calam is plotting along with their monthly. 00:08:58
Online. 00:09:06
Presentations and they're just getting better and better. And so even if you don't like CALAM, I really encourage you to TuneIn. 00:09:07
This one was they're farming them out to another company. 00:09:16
Green scapes, I believe, and this one was about pollinators. And they brought a scientist in. She was like literally looking at 00:09:21
the the, the, the mouth and how these different pollinators feed and then because of that, that structure, what flowers they could 00:09:27
feed on and the whole thing was pretty fascinating. 00:09:34
But the idea was to encourage you to plant pollinators in your yard. 00:09:41
Anyway, that's it. Thank you. 00:09:46
Thank. 00:09:48
All right, next let's. 00:09:51
Let's go to council liaison announcements. I'm not sure if Luke is on the line. 00:09:53
Good afternoon, chair and Commission members. I don't have much to report other than to say. 00:10:01
I did send the Commission 3 emails. That kind of gave an update on what? 00:10:08
Council has been doing in the direct. 00:10:14
That we've implemented through council action. 00:10:17
And thank you for those who responded. I think it does provide kind of a good road map of how we got here and where we're going. 00:10:21
And then finally, I just want to welcome back Kathy Wooten and welcome to the Commission, Jennifer Gorman. Have a good meeting. 00:10:31
And now we'll open this up for general public comment. 00:10:43
In the audience first. 00:10:53
There's one hand raised online 2. 00:10:59
Miss Gianni, you have the floor. 00:11:06
Thank you. I want to thank the NRC for all the work you're doing. Just amandae walkthrough was great and and this agenda is 00:11:09
amazing. 00:11:15
In addition to the wildlife protection issues being considered today, there are a variety of natural resource issues the city is 00:11:22
dealing with. And while Public Works is responsible for that work since it involves public lands, biological and other natural 00:11:28
resources are not public Public Works area of expertise. So I want to encourage BNRC to ask for regular monthly updates on the 00:11:34
many natural resource projects going on right now. 00:11:41
There was an appeal heard by Coastal Commission regarding lack of planning for relocation in a coastal flood zone and lack of 00:11:47
planned cleanup of abandoned infrastructure for a city sewer project on the Syllabar coast. That was last week, and although the 00:11:55
Commission upheld the city's coastal development permit to avoid delaying the sewer repairs, they had an excellent discussion of 00:12:02
the necessity of planning for relocation of sewer lines in coastal hazard zones. 00:12:09
Such as the section of this one in a sea level rise hazard zone projected to flood by the year 2025. 00:12:16
Starting in May. 00:12:59
This is an area, be it BNRC needs regular updates. 00:13:00
Additional areas that would benefit from BNRC and the public getting regular monthly updates on are the Great Tide Pool, Trail 00:13:04
Repairs and Rerouting, which Planning Commission just recently learned has been underway since Midsummer, but no details have been 00:13:11
provided. I would love to see Public Works adopt A collaborative relationship with the NRC through updates to the NRC to assist in 00:13:18
protecting biological and other natural resources. 00:13:25
Thank you. 00:13:33
Miss Pierce, you have the floor. Welcome. 00:13:42
I'm Nikki Pierce. I just want to thank the BNRC for all the work you're doing on protecting our local wildlife. I want to thank 00:13:46
Amanda especially for the wonderful walk in Washington Park and all the information she provides to the Commission and to the 00:13:52
community. 00:13:58
My late husband and I served on the. 00:14:06
Committee of the Mayor and I'm also a black oyster catcher monitor, so I'm very invested in the wonderful wildlife that we enjoy 00:14:09
in Pacific Grove and anything you can do to protect it. It's a tremendous asset to the city. 00:14:18
Thank you. 00:14:30
Welcome, Miss. 00:14:35
Thank you, Mr. 00:14:38
I am so happy to have Zoom comment backs. I don't know what to say except thank you, thank you, thank you everybody. And of course 00:14:41
this is a way that I can thank you for all the good, good, good works that you be NRC are doing and bringing in these wonderful 00:14:47
presentations. 00:14:54
That I really. 00:15:01
Being able to watch here and because I didn't get to go on the George Washington Park because that's a little beyond my capability 00:15:04
physically now. But I love having these. Thank you for bringing them and I'm actually going to thank Dan Go for finally getting 00:15:12
his crew to take down the horrid. 00:15:19
Foxtails that were not addressed in the ball belts on the Northside of the intersection of Slot and 1st Ave. and they actually 00:15:27
trimmed the overgrown bushes too on their beautification project. So I'm going to actually thank Mr. Go for that and thank you all 00:15:34
for being there. 00:15:42
No other speakers. 00:15:55
Thank you everyone. 00:15:57
OK. Let's turn to approval of the minutes of the October meeting. 00:16:00
Easy, no biggie. I just wanted to note that since it is their logo, that region is capital R and capital G it's. 00:16:08
Rather than all lower. 00:16:17
Very good. 00:16:20
So Rebecca will make that change. 00:16:21
Anyone else? Any other modifications or comments? 00:16:25
OK. 00:16:29
So then with that change, modifying the name of regen. 00:16:30
To reflect the capitalization. 00:16:35
I would move to approve the Minutes. 00:16:39
All in favor. 00:16:42
Aye. 00:16:44
All right. Next. 00:16:50
We turn to the regular agenda and we have 4 speakers tonight. This is our personal best. 00:16:52
The first is a presentation from Amanda Priest, environmental advocate of the Monterey Audubon Society, among many other things. 00:17:01
That she does, and she's going to provide an overview of the Point Pinos Sea Watch program. 00:17:12
Amanda, take it away. 00:17:20
Yeah, Hi there everybody. 00:17:23
Thanks so much for having me. Let me see if I can share. 00:17:25
Do you see that up? 00:17:30
Point Pino. 00:17:35
OK. Thank you. Thank you, Dan. So, great. Yeah. Thanks so much for having me. Thank you so much for all of the work you're doing. 00:17:41
I feel like everybody's been making, you know, really a lot of effort in being involved in a lot of the just different community. 00:17:49
You know, projects and environmental organizations. It's really great to hear all the stuff you guys are learning yourselves. 00:17:58
There's so much to learn in this area, it's sometimes overwhelming. But here's another fun, fun thing for you to learn about 00:18:04
tonight. The Point Pino Sea Watch. So a lot of you are familiar with me in relation to the Black Oyster Catcher monitoring 00:18:10
project. That's something that I often. 00:18:16
I'm speaking to you about and. 00:18:22
Can you hear me OK? 00:18:25
OK, sorry, thought I was hearing something. But this is yet another one of our conservation initiatives that also occurs along the 00:18:27
Pacific Grove coastline. So this is an annual seabird census that we conduct from November 1st to December 15th and we started 00:18:35
doing this in 2015. Some of you may have seen the article recently in the Monterey Herald. It was just last Sunday that came out 00:18:42
and it was really, really greatly. 00:18:49
You know, illuminating for people, I think, and I'll try to summarize it here in about 10 minutes. 00:18:57
So basically what we're doing out there is we're hiring a professional Seabird counter and that's the thing you might not. 00:19:02
Realize that that's a whole niche industry, kind of not very big industry. There's probably only a dozen people maybe in North 00:19:10
America that can do this, that have this skill set. It's really special, so. 00:19:16
Another thing is kind of the the challenging aspect of it all. You have to be present in this one location at Point Pinos from 00:19:23
sunrise to sunset, from dawn to dusk, averaging about 11 hours a day. And they're there from November 1st to December 15th through 00:19:29
this six weeks of peak bird migration, seabird migration. 00:19:36
So our counters are out there, no matter what the conditions are to the average person. Again, this might seem like kind of a 00:19:45
crazy idea, but I'm going to explain to you why this is an awesome idea in fact. 00:19:51
Impacts from fisheries and potential wind energy is a new one coming up. Our research gonna is gonna be helping to identify these 00:20:35
important migratory pathways in the Pacific Flyway and also provide kind of basic population information on some of our target 00:20:40
species. 00:20:45
And with two offshore wind energy developments in the work in California, these are located up north off of Humboldt Bay as you 00:20:51
can see in the top map and off of just outside of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary boundaries down South near Morro Bay, 00:20:58
RFP's are out for these. It's in the works. It's going to happen. So having really good pre and post installation data, you know, 00:21:06
standardized data collection on these seabird movements is going to be really important. 00:21:13
You know in the future for understanding the impacts from these. 00:21:22
Important, but potentially, you know, harmful. 00:21:26
Sources of energy for us. 00:21:30
So two of our target species out there are the Pacific **** and the surf scouter. Scouter is a word for this type of marine duck, 00:21:32
a sea duck that's out there that we're counting. These two are kind of the highest count species going past quintinos in the fall. 00:21:39
This graph is depicting the frequency of sightings for those two species. So the surf scoter, the duck is in blue and the Pacific 00:21:45
**** is the pink line. 00:21:51
So you can see why we do our count in the November, December window. That's when that peak migration is happening and it could be 00:21:59
that our counter is out there, you know are really personally seeing a good portion of the global population of these two species 00:22:04
during this time frame. 00:22:09
This map is depicting trends for surf scooters across the Pacific Flyway. Red dots of course. Generally, as you can imagine, means 00:22:17
down bad, trending downward for the surf scooters along the Pacific Coast. The prior graph and this one as well are. 00:22:27
Created from E Bird ebird.org, that's where we submit all of our observational data from Point Pinos. 00:22:37
Umm. Also, any bird watcher can submit data at any time to E Bird, which is a really kind of revolutionary global citizen science 00:22:44
kind of project that was initiated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You can get these really cool, you know, data products from 00:22:50
them the the charts and the maps like this for certain species. So I definitely recommend have a look at that when you get a 00:22:56
chance. E bird's really great. 00:23:02
And this is a familiar place to us, another great place, the Monterey Bay, where you know, down here in Pacific Grove at the 00:23:09
Monterey Peninsula. 00:23:14
And so this deep submarine Canyon and deep deep water close to shore is really special for the United States. E coasters don't 00:23:20
have this kind of deep water close to land and it easy to access. That's why we have so much amazing marine research happening in 00:23:26
Monterey Bay. There's also a lot of birds that like that deep water. So we're really close to where, you know albatrosses or shear 00:23:33
waters are foraging just barely out of eyeshot of us here at Point Pinos. 00:23:39
And see them, basically. Here's another cool view of the Bay. Again, the birds will be flying kind of this Bay line, kind of. 00:24:53
Following the shape of the Bay. And then they see that peninsula and they're like, oh, I don't want to fly over that and they hug 00:25:01
that corner really tight. 00:25:05
So what exactly is everybody seeing as they stare off into the ocean? They're using high-powered optics, spotting scopes, those 00:25:12
big kind of one, like a pirate scope, you know, up on a tripod looking out to see. Those are like 20X or up to 40X power. So 00:25:19
binoculars are usually 8X or 10X power. So these guys are looking really far out there past the red buoy for some of these birds, 00:25:26
depending on the winds. And all those flight lines can be really variable depending on. 00:25:33
What the winds are doing, of course, so we'll just go through some pictures of some of the species that are being seen out there. 00:25:40
Allison has to check almost every one of these birds. They might be in flocks of 100 or more, because every once in a while a rare 00:26:19
duck might be in the mix. So this is Surf Scoter in the front, a second surf scooter, then a black scouter here in the 3rd place 00:26:25
here sneaking through. So she's having to check every one of these birds as they go zoom in past. 00:26:31
We have three different **** species, Trekking by common **** is not the most common, oddly enough, but that's the largest of the. 00:26:38
Pacific **** is our most common **** middle sized ****. Red threaded **** is the third species going by. If these don't look like 00:26:47
the ***** you remember seeing on the Great Lakes or something, could be because these guys are all in their non breeding plumage. 00:26:54
They don't look really fancy this time of year, so we're seeing them when they're kind of just Gray on the back and white below. 00:27:02
Another common bird zooming by is the common MERS. These are really special birds. I like them very much. They're in the same 00:27:10
family as the puffins. They look like this up close. We don't usually have views of birds like this, but they're really amazing 00:27:15
diving bird. 00:27:20
We've also seen brown ******* too, just this year already impressive and. 00:27:25
They're usually zooming by not necessarily loitering and hanging around. 00:27:32
More waterfowl, cackling geese and greater white fronted. 00:27:36
And then we also are counting not just, you know, the migrating birds, but also kind of the residents, the locals hanging out, 00:27:41
which are our human's goals. Lots of those are around Point Pinos as well as the Western goals. 00:27:46
And the ever present and our very favorite black oyster catchers of course are present to Holler and you know, make a fuss about 00:27:52
stuff 'cause that's what they do best, keeping U.S. company out there. 00:27:57
So a really cool thing about this is, you know, and it almost is nearly as important as all of the. 00:28:04
Topics. 00:28:45
So we're at this really special geographic location where it goes from being the Bay to the ocean point penis is kind of jetting 00:28:45
out there and people can just step up, look into a spotting scope and see a black vented shearwater, a bird they may be never 00:28:52
heard of and may never see again, you know? But again, it's just this really amazing geography that allows us to do that. 00:28:59
The community we've kind of developed around this project is also really special. We've got distance from, you know, Point Lobos. 00:29:07
Some are coming right from their aquarium shift. 00:29:12
A lot of oyster catcher monitors, a lot of PG museum volunteers, and of course, bayonet too. They're kind of the, you know, the 00:29:18
stall where, you know, roving interpreters along the coastline. So they're really good at hanging out and chatting with folks. So 00:29:23
it's just a really wonderful group of people. And I just have extreme, like love for these folks who dedicate time out there just 00:29:29
talking to folks and they make it so fun and wonderful. 00:29:35
Additionally, we are indebted to the Pacific Grove Police Department. We had a constant report from Chief Madeline and she's 00:29:42
really helped helped work out some concerns we had at the start of the season with some safety issues. Also the CSO, Amanda comes 00:29:48
by every once in a while to say hi. So we just had a lot of really great support from the city Police Department, which we very 00:29:55
much appreciate. And again, you know, we're out there pretty much every day. Dawn to dust. Well, yes, every day, dawn to dust, no 00:30:01
matter the weather. 00:30:08
All the way through December 15th. So I really hope you all have the opportunity to come out and see what we're seeing. And I just 00:30:15
want to say thanks again to all of our volunteers and the donors who allowed us to step higher, our talented bird counter Allison 00:30:20
and our Audubon board members who have to kind of sort it out the logistics and at the beginning and then also throughout the sea 00:30:26
watch season. So thanks so much and I'll be happy to take any questions and go back in the slides if you need to see anything 00:30:31
again. 00:30:37
Thank you so much, Amanda. That was amazing. I think we'll put it out to the public first if there are any comments in the room. 00:30:46
And if not online? 00:30:56
Miss Johnny you. 00:31:03
Thank you. Well, I just wanted to say, you know Monterey Audubon's Sea Watch survey. 00:31:05
Is just, you know, another indication of. 00:31:12
What an extraordinary place Pacific Grove is out here on the tip of the peninsula and and Monterey Audubon's efforts for this. 00:31:18
Are extraordinary, you know, I mean because. 00:31:29
They're out. They're supporting this person that they've hired to to do this, this extraordinary. 00:31:32
Monitoring and and they find a place, usually someone volunteers to provide housing for this person while they're here. 00:31:41
That it it it. 00:31:53
It's just really hard to comprehend. 00:31:55
What an amazing effort this is and the global importance of of their research. 00:31:59
There, and I just want to say that personally. 00:32:06
I was. 00:32:09
Amazed to see a puffin fly? 00:32:10
And I mean, I just happened to have my binoculars in the right place at the right time, and I had no idea that. 00:32:15
Puffins. 00:32:22
Mig. 00:32:25
Individually. 00:32:25
Not generally, at least is that's how I recall and not in Fox and just to think of this. 00:32:27
Puffin I wish I never even I hadn't realized they they're up in the Farallon. But but that was just a such an exciting experience 00:32:33
Plus plus seeing a a flock of limbs fly right overhead. Not very high and so I if you. 00:32:43
Been out there. Please go. It's just an extraordinary experience. And thank you so much to Monterey Audubon. 00:32:54
For for their for doing this. 00:33:01
Tony Cian. 00:33:12
Thank you and thank you, Amanda. 00:33:16
Or a great. 00:33:19
I have a question. The question is. 00:33:22
I remember or recall a few years ago. 00:33:27
There was a discussion. 00:33:32
Having using. 00:33:35
Cities. 00:33:38
On the landward. 00:33:40
Of. 00:33:43
To create. 00:33:45
I'm not sure what you would call. 00:33:49
Bird watching terms with some sort. 00:33:52
Year round elevated. 00:33:56
Is that something that? 00:34:00
Still being considered. 00:34:02
Is it alright if I respond, Commissioners? 00:34:07
Yes. OK. Thanks. Yeah. Yeah. Good. Good job remembering, Tony. Yes, there was plans for what we were just calling is like an 00:34:10
elevated platform on the kind of near the Cypress trees outside of the Cypress trees in that kind of fenced area. Yeah. 00:34:18
It was when the coastal recreation Trail was kind of getting shifted around because we used to park pretty much directly across 00:34:28
from, you know, the the road into the the wastewater treatment plant area. And it's pretty important for our counter to have 00:34:34
access to the car if it gets really stormy on those stormy days. 00:34:39
So we were hoping that instead we could have a platform across the road just like 5 or 6 feet up so we could see over the cars. 00:34:46
And that would have been really neat, as far as you know. Maybe some better views. People could use it. The museum or Otter 00:34:53
spotters could use it outside of the sea. Watch season. We were gonna pay for it. But things I think got complicated with. 00:34:59
ADA accessibility, you know it's an environmentally sensitive habitat with the coastal dune kind of stuff in there might have 00:35:07
gotten complicated with Sequa. So I think it kind of it kind of fizzled out in that regard, but might be something to reapproach. 00:35:14
We really like that spot because we're able to see kind of back towards the hook of the Bay and see when all those those surf 00:35:20
scooters are approaching, you can start get on them earlier and count them and find rare birds faster rare ducks. 00:35:27
We moved a little bit further down by that green cement bunker closer to the point itself and that's been working OK. So we'll see 00:35:35
if we have to. 00:35:39
Readdress that in the future. 00:35:43
No other public. 00:35:48
Commissioners. 00:35:51
Any questions? 00:35:53
Jennifer. 00:35:56
And. 00:36:33
Amanda, I think you've cited some downward trends that we've seen right over the long term study. Can you comment on threats that 00:36:34
we're experiencing with seabirds, please? 00:36:40
Yeah, certainly. 00:36:48
Yeah, Ebert has these really great status and trends maps that you can put in the species, certain species. They haven't done all, 00:36:50
you know. 00:36:54
11,000 that are on the planet, but so Pacific ****. I couldn't get a status status and transit for the ***** but yeah, for search 00:36:59
scooters, this is the one that we had and it shows that they're declining. 00:37:05
You know for. 00:37:12
For North America, it's, you know, a downward trend, 19.6%. 00:37:13
Population trend. 00:37:19
And the marine species overall, you know, there's the big, the big one being climate change, of course, that's, you know, we often 00:37:22
feel, I think, kind of like where do we even start with that problem? But that is still like the penultimate, not penultimate, the 00:37:28
problem. That is the problem that is going to cause a lot of troubles in the future for species warming. Ocean temperatures ranges 00:37:34
might be shifting, the food might not be where it needs to be. 00:37:40
Different things like that that are definitely causing some complexity for some species. There's always winners and losers and you 00:37:48
know, like we're seeing, I've seen all 5 booby species at point. Pinos, blue footed booby, brown booby, mast, booby, Nazca booby, 00:37:54
red footed booby. Like they've all been there. I don't have to go to the Galapagos to see these species anymore. It used to be 00:37:59
uncommon. It's becoming more common to see those Equatorial species up north. 00:38:05
But if you're a northern species, if you're an ivory gull and you live in the Arctic, there's no more north to retreat to. So 00:38:12
those are species that you get really worried about. 00:38:15
But yeah, you know, ocean pollution, plastic pollution in the ocean, that's an ingestion thing. Entanglement and fishing gear kind 00:38:20
of your standards. For if you're walking the beach in the winter and you you find a dead common mirror, just keep black and white 00:38:25
puffin look. OK, Penguins, but they're in the puffin family. A lot of times they're entangled in fishing gear or they might be 00:38:30
oiled. 00:38:35
There's a lot of natural oil seeps offshore, so that's that's a natural thing. But there's also a lot of potential for oils being 00:38:40
leaked into the ocean, you know, human based sources. But then also starvation is still a really big one. So just food not being 00:38:46
where it's supposed to be, the marine food web just getting out of whack. 00:38:51
That's still like the big one, you know? But yeah, I mean. 00:38:58
A lot of the seabirds that like, like albatrosses or shear waters or storm petrols that nest on offshore islands, those ones have 00:39:02
a lot of problems with invasive mammalian species, mostly like mice, rats or cats that cause tons of damage and those kind of 00:39:08
closed ecosystems. Just one island with this one, you know, albatross that doesn't. 00:39:14
Know to be afraid of of mice or of goats or whatever and they just get really decimated. So there's groups that just focus on that 00:39:20
island conservation or you know seabirds nesting on certain islands and removing invasive species becomes this really like Big 00:39:26
Bang for your buck. A lot of species, fast species recovery just with removing the mice or something like that. So that's a big 00:39:32
one as well. 00:39:38
But yeah, when farms are definitely something that's in all of our minds, all of us bird people and bats, there's actually a 00:39:45
significant amount of bats that migrate offshore. So USGS has a big initiative monitoring bats and how they might be impacted by 00:39:50
offshore wind development. 00:39:55
Those are kind of the big ones. But climate change, of course, is always kind of at the top as far as, you know, gotta have the 00:40:01
big numbers in the population. 00:40:05
To have a buffer to kind of make those adjustments and not have species just, you know, get wiped out entirely. Yeah, sorry, 00:40:10
that's always kind of a downer. But you know, you guys are doing the right stuff. You know, try to avoid single use plastics, 00:40:16
address climate change, Those are helping. 00:40:21
I have a little bit of a follow up question on the on the wind energy is have they made any changes to the design of the windmills 00:40:29
themselves to alleviate or to reduce the? 00:40:35
Injury to. 00:40:41
Do you know, 'cause I know I'm not sure. They there's still a lot more research. There's still currently research being done to 00:40:44
try to figure out, you know. 00:40:48
Speeds at which the blades move, the siding, where they actually put them, which way they're oriented, different things like that 00:40:53
that are currently being researched and they're basing it a lot on East Coast wind energy and. 00:41:00
Europe's of course done quite a bit of this too and so trying to look at best practices from those. But yeah, I mean the again, I 00:41:08
think our data is going to be so critical because with terrestrial wind farms. 00:41:13
Biologists can do follow-up surveys and they walk underneath these windmills and it's like, Oh no, here's a golden eagle, you 00:41:20
know, we need to figure out how to mitigate for this. But on the ocean, I have never heard a clear answer of how do we even know 00:41:24
if it's harming? 00:41:28
Our aerial wildlife bats or birds, because they'll if the carcass falls, it'll float away. So that's a big one that I think our 00:41:33
sea watch project hopefully can keep a nice light kind of, you know, finger on the pulse of these populations that migrate past. 00:41:41
But yeah, wind energy, again, I know it's needed. That's that. How do we address climate change? It's alternative energy sources 00:41:50
reducing energy as well. Lots of things. But I know it's important. But also putting them in the right place is important as well, 00:41:54
yeah. 00:41:58
I agree. 00:42:04
Well, and having having good baseline information is going to be key. 00:42:06
Christine, did you have any? 00:42:12
No questions. I just wanted. 00:42:16
Echo Jen Gorman's Commissioner Gorman her comments about Amanda, you. 00:42:20
Are so wonderful to our community and in the theme of Thanksgiving, I'm just so grateful that you're with us through so many 00:42:26
things. 00:42:30
Birds, George Washington Park habitats, just everything that you do for us and our community is so valuable and I just wanted to 00:42:35
thank you personally for just being there and accessible and making all of your information. I. 00:42:42
So easily understood and digestible so and thank you for all you do. 00:42:49
All of it, thank. 00:42:55
Thanks. Right. Right back at you guys. You're all putting in a lot of volunteer hours, I know. So you're appreciated as well. All 00:42:57
right. So I want to if anybody has any more questions for Amanda, I'd like to cover them if if anybody does. 00:43:04
I think the whole Commission thanks you for everything that you do around here, Amanda. I mean, it's just just incredible. 00:43:12
Very incredible. 00:43:22
Umm and thanks. Thanks once again for everything. 00:43:24
And coming here on Zoom, I know you were out of town or? 00:43:29
Otherwise engaged. So appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving. 00:43:33
OK. I want to move on to our next presentation. 00:43:38
This is by Ryan. 00:43:42
Who's a PhD candidate at Stanford University with and was is with Hopkins Marine. 00:43:45
He'll be covering the ecology of harbor seals and other marine mammals. 00:43:52
In our area. 00:43:58
Thank you. Welcome. Oh, thank you very much. Oh. 00:44:00
So should I just give you an indication to advance the slide? 00:44:04
Yes, Sir. OK, great. 00:44:07
Well, thank you very much to the the whole Commission for inviting me. I'm really happy to be here representing Hopkins Marine 00:44:09
Station. 00:44:12
And some colleagues and talk. 00:44:16
The marine mammals of Pacific Grove. 00:44:19
And sort of social ecology and human interaction and disturbance. 00:44:21
Through the specific lens of the harbor. 00:44:25
That are at the beach near Hopkins, if you could advance the slide. 00:44:28
Want to start off by acknowledging this is a huge collaborative effort, both through the Social Ecology Lab at Stanford. 00:44:32
And the Hopkins Marine Station and the Delayo. 00:44:38
And also want to highlight a couple of people that have have joined me in the audience, including Chris Tomlinson who is our new 00:44:42
Operations Manager. So he's very excited to start diving in and and discussing these these issues. 00:44:48
As well as two faculty members including our director Phil Mckelly and my advisor. One of my advisors, Julio De Leo. So just want 00:44:55
to acknowledge that this is a a huge collaborative effort. 00:45:00
And I'll get into a little bit more about why I think that's that's really important if you could advance this slide. Thank you. 00:45:06
So to give a little bit of background about the history of Fokovic Elena Ricardi as a subspecies, the Pacific Harbor. 00:45:13
So these are these have been called the most ubiquitous folkid in the world. They're extremely common. They're globally 00:45:21
distributed throughout the North, northern hemisphere. 00:45:25
They are a species of Least Concern, and that's important to contextualize because it means they're not protected. 00:45:30
Under the endangered species. 00:45:36
They are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the United States. 00:45:38
But in a global context, they are still listed as a species of Least Concern. 00:45:42
In terms of their behavior, they're what we would call non migratory or highly residential. They stay in the same place. They 00:45:46
don't move from place to place throughout their lives. 00:45:50
Locally in our area, there are nocturnal feeders. They spend most of their night times feeding and foraging for fish. Out in the 00:45:54
Bay, they're generalist feeders. They'll eat just about anything that they can find. And they're opportunists. Whatever is out 00:46:00
there, they're they're going to be happy to eat within, within reason. 00:46:06
As many of us know, they pop in the spring and early summer and spend about four to six weeks on shore, feeding from their mother 00:46:13
before they're out in the Bay foraging. Slide, please. 00:46:19
So I want to bring our attention and highlight a couple of key points. 00:46:26
That these seals are non migratory, they have this high res. 00:46:30
Site fidelity. They stay in the same. 00:46:35
And want to keep us, you know, thinking about that pupping season that they have these really unique and sensitive parts of their 00:46:38
sort of annual life history slide, please. 00:46:43
So as I said, they're globally distributed. Here in the blue you can see where they where they show up. 00:46:49
And in California in particular, there has been over the last several years a growing body of community concern about the 00:46:55
population, with some indications that there are local population declines up and down the California coast. 00:47:02
And this has prompted Noah to engage in or plan to engage in an aerial. 00:47:09
Of the entire California population. 00:47:15
So while they're currently a species of Least Concern, there are indications in the past that the population is stable or 00:47:18
increasing in parts of the world. In California, we'll know a lot more in 2024 after Noah conducts this census. 00:47:24
To see if it corroborates what a lot of community members are echoing up and down the coast, including here in Pacific Grove and. 00:47:31
Point Reyes, which is another huge harbor seal. 00:47:38
Slide please. 00:47:41
Thank you. And one more slide as. 00:47:43
So long list of threats that. 00:47:46
Kind of these, these marine mammals are really vulnerable to the few that I want to highlight and focus on in our local context 00:47:50
and what I'll what I'll talk about with some of the work that we're doing. 00:47:55
Is these threats of human harassment and disturbance? 00:48:01
And associated with that degradation and loss of. 00:48:04
These seals, like I said, are nocturnal feeders, which means during the day they're hauled out on beaches. We've all probably seen 00:48:09
them walking along the wreck trail. 00:48:12
Hauled out, sleeping on the beach. 00:48:16
So the loss and degradation of those kinds of habitats has huge impact on them and I'll get into exactly what I think that means. 00:48:18
And specifically what this looks like operationally is road work and construction and sustained noises. 00:48:25
And. 00:48:32
Discrete and cumulative disturbance events. 00:48:34
Are a real threat to the well-being, the livelihood of the. 00:48:37
Slide please. Thank you. 00:48:41
So like I said, they are protected under the marine mammal protection. 00:48:43
It gives Noah and the federal government authority and responsibility to conserve and protect them. 00:48:47
In the California context, and in our local context here, our populations also gain some protections from the Marine Life 00:48:53
Protection Act. 00:48:57
And sort of nested system of protections that we have here in Pacific Grove. 00:49:01
So the population that we many of us have seen at Hopkins Beach. 00:49:05
Also enjoys the protection of state marine reserves like Julie Lovers Point and Julia Platt. 00:49:10
And the asylum are state marine reserve as well as conservation areas like Ed Ricketts and the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens. 00:49:15
So even if without those Endangered Species Act protections, they still have. 00:49:22
A lot of not only protection, but a lot of responsibility too, that's placed on both federal, state and local governments. 00:49:27
To continue to conserve this species so that they comply with these these laws designed to protect. 00:49:34
Slide please. 00:49:40
In terms of local disturbance, I'll highlight a report. 00:49:44
That came out last year or I'm sorry, in the spring. 00:49:47
By Denise Struckenberg and several other co-authors and collaborators. 00:49:51
Talking about what human disturbance has looked like and the impact that it. 00:49:56
So work that that Denise and colleagues did, as well as some of my own work interviewing community members. 00:50:00
Collecting sort of the the wealth of local ecological knowledge here in Pacific Grove. 00:50:07
Identify these sort of key issues and key disturbances that we're experiencing including, like I said, loud and sustained noise 00:50:13
approaches from kayaks and other human approaches, jumping fences and. 00:50:18
Coming too close to the. 00:50:24
As well as the sort of ubiquitous, ever present road work and construction which is. 00:50:26
What this report report really focused on was a period of road work on Ocean View Blvd. in 2022. 00:50:31
And in the winter. 00:50:38
Sort of take away. 00:50:40
Is that we saw a significant reduction in pupping. 00:50:42
In 2021, which is a fairly typical year, pumping success was 94%. In 2022, it fell to 67%. 00:50:46
Slide please. 00:50:54
Sort of hit home what exactly? 00:50:56
Report is telling us it's that these seals were six times more likely to miscarry when construction is present. 00:50:59
This is 1 discrete event of many. 00:51:05
And it's one that you know looking before and looking after we can tell there is a really significant event and and a significant 00:51:08
disturbance. 00:51:13
That yields A hugely significant trickle down effect onto the population. 00:51:17
With that reduction in. 00:51:23
Slide please. 00:51:25
So the good news about this population too, is through the work of some incredibly dedicated people we have. 00:51:27
A ton of data. 00:51:34
About the abundance of this population. So this plot represents daily abundance data. Daily numbers of how many seals are on the 00:51:35
beach going back to October of 2003. Slide please. 00:51:41
Highlight the the work of of the incredibly dedicated people including John and and Vicki Pierce. Vicky, who I heard was was on 00:51:48
the call as well as the. 00:51:53
Harbor SEAL monitoring team, some of whom are here in the audience today. 00:51:57
Without them, this data wouldn't be possible. 00:52:02
And it is. It is hugely valuable to understand what exactly is happening to this population. 00:52:05
So one reason I leave this chart up here is you can see there's an immense amount of noise, right? There's high values and low 00:52:11
values and peaks and valleys. 00:52:15
Slide please. 00:52:20
But if we use some statistical methods. 00:52:22
Pierce through what that noise looks like. 00:52:25
We get a pretty clear picture of the trend, right? 00:52:28
And since a peak in 2010. 00:52:30
We see this really dramatic drop. 00:52:33
Towards the the modern time when it is you know the we have the lowest numbers of harbor seals that we've seen. 00:52:36
In almost 2 decades. 00:52:42
Slide please. 00:52:44
So it begs the question too, because there's also an anomalous rise, right? We see a huge jump. 00:52:45
From early in this time series around 2003, four and five. 00:52:51
Up to 2010. 00:52:55
And then we see this gradual fall. 00:52:57
So slide please. 00:52:59
So it brings this question of is the rise strange or is the fall strange? 00:53:02
And a lot of my work is engaging with the community. 00:53:07
Interviewing people, gathering local ecological knowledge and documenting. 00:53:11
The wealth of expertise that exists in the community. 00:53:16
And to quote one community. 00:53:19
You know, we can look at this. 00:53:21
Rise and fall as potentially A stabilizing effect. You know, we can see in about 2018 it looks like this population might be 00:53:23
stabilizing. Slide please. 00:53:28
But. 00:53:33
Echoing what participant 2 says, we we kind of see this. 00:53:35
Continuing to go down, it doesn't stabilize. We keep seeing the SEAL numbers just go down and down and down and this is echoed by 00:53:39
so many people that that I talked to throughout the community. Slide please. 00:53:45
And it's not just specific growth. This is recent work out of Point Reyes up in the National Seashore north of SF. 00:53:52
That shows a similar, albeit not quite as dramatic trend, but a similar trend that seal numbers are generally going down, 00:53:59
disturbances increasing. So it's not just specific growth. 00:54:04
Our population, especially with this high residency and high site fidelity and the importance of really suitable habitat. 00:54:10
The population here and the beaches. 00:54:16
Are vitally important. So it's important to keep in context larger trends and also understand what we can do locally. Slide 00:54:19
please. 00:54:22
So I want to highlight a few quotes that all kind of say the same thing. So I'll say them really quickly and it echoes the 00:54:27
importance of what the the Druckenberg report was saying. We see road work, Rd. noise, construction. 00:54:34
Road construction, construction noise, a lot of road construction, abandonments, miscarriages, these kind of keywords that are 00:54:41
really looking and pointing at. 00:54:45
The road construction. 00:54:50
As this. 00:54:52
Abnormal and meaningful discrete event. 00:54:54
So in a time series as long as this and a trend as long as we have, it can be difficult to understand what individual things are 00:54:57
driving these kinds of trends and these kinds of reductions in the population. 00:55:04
Excuse me? 00:55:11
So this road work in 2022 offers us a potential exemplar case to really understand. Here's one thing that we understand well. 00:55:12
Let's try and figure out exactly what happened Because of it. Slide. 00:55:21
So it begs the question of what exactly would have happened to this population of harbor seals absent the road work if we didn't 00:55:26
have this disturbance event? 00:55:31
What might have happened to the population slide, please? 00:55:36
And we can approach this kind of from a couple of different angles. Slide. 00:55:40
The first. 00:55:44
Maybe there are lots of fish out in the Bay and seals that are spending time on the Bay aren't spending time. 00:55:46
This is 1 possible way to look at it but. 00:55:53
If you recall sort of the behavior of the. 00:55:56
This one doesn't make a whole lot of sense, right? Because they're nocturnal feeders. 00:55:59
They're opportunists that they don't necessarily have preferred forage. 00:56:02
They'll kind of eat whatever's out there and whatever abundance is out there. 00:56:07
So this one, this lens might not be as interesting, so we can sort of take a look at the other lens slide. 00:56:11
And make the sort of connection that the amount of fish that are that were out in the Bay last year. 00:56:18
Has some influence on the amount of seals that are there this year. 00:56:24
Yields a stable population. 00:56:29
So in order to do that, we can use some state-of-the-art sort of cutting edge statistical modeling. 00:56:34
And I won't get into the details of what this model does or looks like, but I'm happy to answer any questions about it and dive 00:56:40
dive more in depth if anyone is interested. 00:56:44
But we can develop and run a predictive model. 00:56:48
Relates the harbor seal population right now to what that what the population of fish looked like a year ago. 00:56:51
To try and build that connection and understand based on how many fish were there last year, how many seals should we have alive 00:56:57
and living. 00:57:01
Calling out on the beach this year. 00:57:04
And through these statistical tricks, we can. 00:57:06
Sort of capture these unique nonlinear relationships, we can account for the. 00:57:09
Because there's so much variability, having these kinds of statistical tools could be really powerful to see through the noise 00:57:14
slide, please. 00:57:17
So in order. 00:57:22
We can take this really big noisy series of data. 00:57:23
And we can build. 00:57:28
And show that model the first chunk of that data. So we take 2003 to 2017. 00:57:30
And we asked the model to predict, excuse me, we asked the model to predict what's going on and how many seals we should be 00:57:36
seeing. Slide please. 00:57:40
So I want to under score the models never seen 2018 or 2023. It doesn't know how many seals were out there during this sort of 00:57:46
blank period in the in the graph. But we can still using how the information that we know about the fish, we can still build and 00:57:52
predict and try and understand how many fish are going to be or how many seals are going to be there. 00:57:58
And then we can compare what actually happened. Slide please. 00:58:05
And that's these red numbers. And again, it's hard to see through the noise at this scale. So if you slide two times. 00:58:10
We can go ahead and zoom. 00:58:16
And we can see. 00:58:18
The model is tracking really well, so in 2018-2019. 00:58:20
2020 There's a lapse in the data, but then in 2020. 00:58:25
The model's tracking really well. There are peaks above, there are peaks below, but we're hitting the average pretty well. 00:58:28
In 2022, something starts happening. 00:58:34
We're seeing a lot less peaks above the. 00:58:37
And seeing a lot more below the line slide. 00:58:40
So to peer through the noise, we can average these by month and say, all right, in a given month, how many seals should there have 00:58:44
been? How many seals were there? Slide please. 00:58:48
If we. 00:58:54
Which month? Some of these months. We can see that in 15 of the 22 months since that road work started. 00:58:56
We've seen fewer seals than expected. 00:59:02
What that means is that. 00:59:05
We've seen 10, an average of 10 fewer seals on the beach, which is about 16% fewer seals than we should have following that 00:59:07
discrete event. 00:59:12
So I want to put an asterisk here really quickly and talk about this sort of the idea of a population proxy. So the number of 00:59:20
seals at Hopkins Beach is not the same as the population in Monterey. There are other beaches. There are other behaviors that they 00:59:25
could be doing, but. 00:59:30
As participants are really eloquently put, if they leave here, they have no place to go, so they're just going to die. And this 00:59:37
gets to that idea of really high residency, high site fidelity, importance of individual habitats. 00:59:44
To these seals as individuals. 00:59:51
And in the greater context of the Monterey Bay. 00:59:53
The amount of suitable habitat that's left is really limited, it's developed. 00:59:56
You know, places like the beach at Hopkins are few and far between, as we all know. 01:00:01
And it makes these kinds of populations critically important for these kinds, for these seals. 01:00:05
If they leave here, they have no place to go. 01:00:12
Slide please. 01:00:16
So to sum up, what exactly we know and what we can learn from this model? 01:00:17
The. 01:00:22
The abundance of seals. How many seals are on that beach? 01:00:24
Is really well explained by the fish before the road. 01:00:27
After the road work, the model breaks. 01:00:31
And it can't account for how many seals are on the beach anymore. 01:00:34
Side. 01:00:38
And in the context of the Druckenberg. 01:00:40
The road work in 22 we know affected pupping success and we know that has trickle down effects on the population itself. Slide 01:00:43
please. 01:00:46
So following the road work, the Hopkins population has been lower than expected. Based on the fish abundance, we've lost seals 01:00:51
effectively. 01:00:55
Slide. 01:00:59
So to sum that up, it is possible that the road work and construction near these haul out sites has negatively impacted the 01:01:01
population of the seals. 01:01:05
But I want to under score that to really understand this and understand mechanistically what's going on, a lot more work has to be 01:01:12
done. 01:01:15
No bits and pieces and this. 01:01:20
Powerful to generate hypothesis and to generate recommendations and best practices to move forward. 01:01:23
In engaging with and interacting with this. 01:01:29
But to really understand what is going on between these seals and the people that they're interacting with, a lot more work needs 01:01:32
to be done. Slide, please. 01:01:36
But. 01:01:42
Institutions in this area are second to none in terms of the ability and the expertise. 01:01:43
To kind of tackle these kinds of challenges, slide please. 01:01:50
And from my work, a series of recommendations around these kinds of institutions has emerged. 01:01:54
The first recommendation, and one of the most common, is really increasing community education. 01:02:01
The nature of these disturbances really comes down to the community interacting with the seals. 01:02:07
Both institutionally, through things like road work and construction. 01:02:12
And also through individual action like being quiet. 01:02:16
Mindful that seals are sleeping on a beach or that they're in the pupping season, things like that. 01:02:19
So that looks like signage and school aged engagement and education and things like that. Slide please. 01:02:24
Really salient recommendation that's come out of my work. 01:02:32
Has been the need for some sort of marine mammal working group. 01:02:37
Something that has institutional support, it's local, it's representative and it has institutions like. 01:02:41
The city and us at Hopkins, the aquarium, CDFW, the state parks, NOAA, all of these entities that have this responsibility under 01:02:48
the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the MLPA, the state reserves, things like that. 01:02:55
And also the opportunity and the knowledge to contribute to this positive conservation of the species. 01:03:04
Slide please. 01:03:11
And then along with that. 01:03:13
Like I said, there's a lot more work that needs to be done and that comes through increasing monitoring. It comes through 01:03:14
standardizing our data collection. 01:03:18
It comes through remote sensing. 01:03:22
Increasing the data that we're collecting about these. 01:03:24
And ultimately bringing this group together and. 01:03:27
Other stakeholders, the the Bay Net volunteers, community, science monitors, all the state, all the people who have a stake in 01:03:31
this game coming together. 01:03:35
Sort of understand and figure out who. 01:03:40
Can answer these questions and and work together towards what I think is is a common goal of conserving the species. 01:03:43
And making sure that that Monterey continues to be sort of vibrant and and healthy and and you know an example of of ocean 01:03:51
conservation around the world. Slide please. 01:03:56
So with that, I'm happy to answer any questions at all. I wanted to say thank you again to the the Commission for having me and 01:04:02
and letting me share some of the work that we're doing. 01:04:06
And yeah, any questions at all, please feel free to ask. Thank you. 01:04:11
Any questions? 01:04:21
Are there any? 01:04:28
Yeah. 01:04:31
Anybody from the audience? 01:04:33
We do have a couple of hands. 01:04:36
Mr. Chiano, you have the floor. 01:04:41
Thank you very much. That was an amazing presentation. 01:04:45
Just amazing. 01:04:49
I'm from La Jolla. Grew up there. 01:04:53
For 60 years. 01:04:58
And. 01:05:00
Very familiar with. 01:05:02
Harbor seal. 01:05:04
That that was what was called on the plans 1880s. 01:05:06
As the seal rocks. 01:05:12
Eventually became the Children's Pool. 01:05:15
And I'm wondering, is there? 01:05:18
Are are you aware of? 01:05:23
Relationship. 01:05:26
The. 01:05:28
Harbor seals returning to. 01:05:33
What's called the Children's Full? 01:05:36
Uh. 01:05:40
As a result of harass. 01:05:41
Over the years where they had migrated to nearby rocks and reefs. 01:05:44
And then came back to. 01:05:51
This beach where they haul out now. 01:05:53
And that's one question. 01:05:56
The next. 01:05:59
You it sounds like your research I was recently focused on. 01:06:01
As a road construction, no. 01:06:08
Is. 01:06:12
A. 01:06:15
Is it just road construction noise? 01:06:16
Is. 01:06:20
A. 01:06:22
Broad. 01:06:24
That should be considered. Thank you. 01:06:26
Yes. 01:06:29
Thank you for the questions and for your kind words about the the presentation. Much appreciated. 01:06:31
As for the first question regarding returning to. 01:06:37
A. A. 01:06:42
As a result of harassment, I think it is certainly. 01:06:44
Possible. 01:06:48
So I mentioned that the seals. 01:06:49
What we call high residency and high site fidelity, they tend to go to the same places. 01:06:53
So long as the habitat there is safe. 01:06:58
And protected they do, they are. 01:07:02
Mobile species. They can still move from place to place. 01:07:05
With relative ease they can forage. You know they they travel distances to forage. 01:07:09
In our local context, we have seen some site to site movement. We're seeing trends of fewer. 01:07:14
Hauling out at West Beach, what we call West Beach at Hopkins, which is the main Cove beach at Hopkins. 01:07:23
And then moving around the station to Fisher Beach. 01:07:29
Near to the. 01:07:33
And the, you know, hypothesis behind that is that there's more noise because of the Wreck Trail and Ocean View Blvd. 01:07:35
There's just more. It's it's a more stimulating environment. 01:07:42
Which leads them to Fisher Beach, which is protected by some of the buildings at Hopkins and the Aquarium, On two sides at least. 01:07:46
And it's a little bit less disruptive. So I do think that there is reason to believe or to expect that, excuse me, expect that the 01:07:53
seals would. 01:07:58
Move relatively locally in response to. 01:08:03
Harassment. 01:08:07
Insofar as they have somewhere else to go, and I think that's kind of the foundation of the of the root of the issue is. 01:08:08
As we run out of suitable habitat, those options become more and more. 01:08:15
And large, really large haul out sites like Hopkins Beach like the West. 01:08:20
No other beach can match that magnitude. 01:08:26
So at a certain point. 01:08:30
Only so many seals can move to other beaches. 01:08:32
With regard to your second question on no. 01:08:37
Yes, To answer your question, yes, all noise should be considered. 01:08:41
I wouldn't say that all noise is created equal. I don't think we know enough mechanistically about what road work does versus what 01:08:46
a stereo a loudspeaker on a bike riding by does. 01:08:52
In terms of the mechanisms of distur. 01:09:00
But at the end of the day, the seals are hauled out to sleep. 01:09:02
They're there to recover energy. They're there to replenish oxygen supplies, regulate their body temperature. 01:09:06
And rest and recover so that they can forge the next night. 01:09:13
Ult. 01:09:16
Any noise? 01:09:18
Prevents them from sleeping is what is causing these kinds of disturbances and disruptions. 01:09:19
So we our research focuses on. 01:09:25
The road construction as a discrete event that we know happened during a certain period of time. 01:09:29
And that makes it easy for things like our models to say, hey, before it was like this and after it was like this. And that's 01:09:34
there's a clear difference. 01:09:38
And that gets to. 01:09:44
Sort of in more work that needs to be done is understanding what other noises look like and the SEAL monitoring team is is taking 01:09:46
the lead in gathering a lot of that information. 01:09:51
But a lot more. 01:09:58
Work needs to be done to standardize what that looks like and understand. 01:10:00
You know, the root of what about noise is is bad and what kinds of noises are driving these kinds of of disturbances, So yeah. 01:10:04
Anything that disrupts the seals is is really sort of the root of the problem. 01:10:14
We have one more handwriting. 01:10:21
Miss Pierce. 01:10:25
Hi Ryan, I wondered if you about your ideas for that. 01:10:28
Striking rise in population 2005 to 2010, that was. I didn't remember that and that was fantastic. 01:10:33
The way it appeared on the graph. On the graph also it looked like. 01:10:45
Was the opposite of what happened in the point raised data. I just got a very. 01:10:48
Yeah. Thank you, Vicki. I appreciate it. 01:10:57
It's a good question about the the rise because it is it's extremely dramatic and it's it's pretty remarkable. 01:11:00
So speaking completely anecdotally. 01:11:08
The rise coincides with the establishment of the Lovers Point State Marine Reserve. 01:11:12
Umm. 01:11:19
We don't have no work has been done to my knowledge to understand if. 01:11:20
Mechanistically, the the reserve did 'cause that rise in seals. I think it's reasonable to hypothesize that with. 01:11:24
Changes in boat traffic. 01:11:31
You know, swimming and and access behaviors, things like. 01:11:34
There could have been some kind of an environmental change. 01:11:38
That. 01:11:43
It's not unprecedented for. 01:11:44
The harbor seal population at Pacific Grove to have really big booms. It happened in I think the the 60s or late 60s, early 70s. 01:11:47
It rose from, you know, effectively 0. 01:11:55
So. 01:11:58
There are precedents for for kind of spikes like that. 01:12:00
I suspect that it may have something to do with the establishment of the State marine reserve there, but I I don't know that for 01:12:05
sure, and more work would have to be done to understand what exactly that means. 01:12:10
But that's kind of what? 01:12:15
The point was. 01:12:17
Trying to understand, is the rise anomalous or is the fall anomalous right? Did we rise beyond the carrying capacity of this of 01:12:19
the population? Have we exceeded the ability of the fish supply to essentially? 01:12:25
You know, maintain this population and are we seeing a correction or are we seeing a really strong downward trend and that's kind 01:12:31
of what we're what we're trying to understand, Yeah. 01:12:36
But thank you for the question. 01:12:41
This has been fascinating. I really appreciate it. Do any of the commissioners have any questions? 01:12:43
Gabby, I have a question about the survey. 01:12:50
No, my understanding is it'll be done by manned aircraft, so it'll be Cessna's flying with. 01:13:01
Spotters and and cameras presumably. At least that is my understanding of how the method is is usually done. 01:13:07
That way they can, sort of. 01:13:15
They can cover much more, much more space that way than drones would be, and it's less disruptive to the wildlife. OK, yeah, 01:13:17
alright, good. And I had another question about. 01:13:22
The location at Hopkins, so there's two beaches that the harbor seals frequent at Hopkins and do you think that that's the largest 01:13:27
local population because. 01:13:32
It's. 01:13:38
Because there's I mean there is access, but it's very limited access. 01:13:40
And if there were other beaches that were? 01:13:44
Cordon. 01:13:48
So that there was less human access. Do you think the seals would go to other beaches? It's a good question. 01:13:49
I do believe that. 01:13:59
The part of the reason why the seals access it so frequently is because it's fenced. It's on the private property of a marine 01:14:01
station, so there's limited access. 01:14:06
Those who do access it are generally good about avoiding disturbance for the most part as well. 01:14:13
It's also just by space, one of the larger sandy beaches in the on the on this part of the peninsula that isn't frequented by by 01:14:20
Taurus or or by you know visitors or divers. So I think it's twofold. I think it's the restricted access and the fact that it is a 01:14:28
really good harbor seal habitat. 01:14:35
Especially that Cove beach, it's protected from the. 01:14:42
It's relatively deep water, so it's easy to. 01:14:46
And it's a steep beach face so they can get. 01:14:50
Really far off the water, really quickly, and if you've ever seen a seal move on land, they don't like being on land any longer 01:14:53
than they have to be. 01:14:58
So have being on a sort of steep beach face that keeps them out of the Swash, but they're easily accessible into the water I think 01:15:03
is really beneficial As for whether or not they would relocate if other beaches were sort of made available. 01:15:10
I think. 01:15:18
With the caveat that. 01:15:22
Really hard to understand individual movement. 01:15:24
So these seals haul out as individuals, not as a herd or a colony. 01:15:27
So it's really. 01:15:33
Pull apart where? How? Seals make decisions about where they go. 01:15:35
I think. 01:15:41
Over the span of time would likely colonize beaches that that became available, but I think it's really hard to understand and a 01:15:42
lot of work would be need to be done to understand how long that would take. 01:15:48
And what other factors would influence it, including how much longer do they have to spend out foraging? How more, much more 01:15:55
vulnerable are they to predation, things like that? 01:15:59
So there are a lot of variables, but overtime I think the answer would probably be. 01:16:04
Thank you very much. 01:16:10
Yeah. 01:16:12
Absolutely. 01:16:13
Yeah. Thank you so much for coming. I really appreciated the presentation. Normal, normal gratitude, but then exceptional 01:16:16
gratitude because I think you're addressing. 01:16:22
The really difficult topic of the seal interaction with humans, and that's so challenging to do and you have to back it with data 01:16:28
if you're ever going to change human behavior or restrict them in any way. So I I know we've been toying with how to put that kind 01:16:33
of language. 01:16:38
Onto our city web page and it's it's just really dicey and we've kind of shield away from it. So thank you so much for. 01:16:44
Addressing this. 01:16:50
And I'm curious, but it's probably for another day because we've got to keep clipping along here, but the notion that if the. 01:16:53
California Sea. 01:17:01
Population increases. Does that. If they're eating a lot of the fish, you know, does that increase? And then you probably already 01:17:02
know them. But just in case you don't, we have local experts here, Kim and Tom Aikman, But. OK, I just want to answer you. Yes, 01:17:08
absolutely. All right. Thank you so much for coming. Yeah. No, thank you very much. 01:17:14
Brian, thank you so much. Yeah, thank you. I'm sorry, Andre, excuse me. Don't go anywhere, please. Thank you so much. 01:17:22
I think often we think we have the luxury of time. 01:17:30
And my understanding is small and declining population. 01:17:35
Is an indicator often an indicator of extra patient extinction, right? So seems to me that. 01:17:39
This upcoming popping season is kind of critical, right? Would you agree with that? I would. I would agree. I would agree that all 01:17:49
pupping seasons are critical, Yeah. 01:17:53
Thank you. 01:17:58
Thanks very much. Thank you. 01:18:02
Play. 01:18:07
OK. Our next presentation is from Karen Grimmer. 01:18:13
Resource Protection Coordinator of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, who will provide an overview of the regional marine 01:18:17
conservation efforts. 01:18:23
Welcome. Thank you. 01:18:30
I brought some posters for you. These are new, so it's up to me. So I'll put Wonderful. Thank you. 01:18:31
Well, thank you for inviting me here tonight, I. 01:18:42
I'm the resource protection coordinator, as you said, been working for the sanctuary for, gosh, a long time, over 20 years. 01:18:46
And ten years or so, as in this position as Resource Protection coordinator. 01:18:54
So George asked me to come and give more of an overview of sanctuary resource protection programs. So that's what I'm going to do 01:18:59
today. 01:19:03
And kind of give you a smattering of all the different things that we do. 01:19:07
Go ahead to the next slide. 01:19:14
So just a quick background, we have 16 national marine sanctuaries in the US, five new sites under designation. 01:19:18
And national marine sanctuaries are designated under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. 01:19:29
There are five currently located on the West Coast you can see here, and one being proposed for designation, the Two Mosh Heritage 01:19:35
National Marine Sanctuary right below Monterey Bay. 01:19:40
Next. 01:19:47
So I think has been mentioned sanctuaries are special places they have. 01:19:50
National resources of significance that designate them. 01:19:57
And. 01:20:01
One way to think about them is they're kind of like national parks. 01:20:03
Except underwater, so a lot of. 01:20:08
Use can take place both commercial and recreational, but there is also usually about a dozen or so regulations in each sanctuary. 01:20:10
Some of which are similar, some of which are different. 01:20:20
And I'll cover those in a minute. So we have a three pronged approach for our programs, research and monitoring which really 01:20:25
addresses management needs for resource protection through a lot of scientific collaboration which. 01:20:33
A wonderful place to be here with all the different scientific institutions. 01:20:41
And and then resource protection is applied to prevent. 01:20:47
Detrimental human impacts on resources. 01:20:51
And address things like emergency response, oil spills. 01:20:56
And Vessel Inc. 01:21:00
And then education and outreach, which is also a very key component, helps promote understanding and support and really has the 01:21:02
community participation. 01:21:08
So we have a lot of volunteer programs which have been mentioned in the past two presentations. 01:21:16
And we, you know, rely on that dedicated core of volunteers for sure. 01:21:22
So here's our resource protection program. We do a lot of multi stakeholder management. 01:21:32
And look at water quality, marine debris or wildlife protection. We issue permits for regulated activities that are prohibited 01:21:39
with a lot of mitigations to minimize impacts on sanctuary resources. 01:21:47
We respond to emergency events such as bills and vessel ground. 01:21:56
And we try to enforce laws. Working with the no office of law enforcement. A lot of coordination goes into working with. 01:22:00
So I'll start with the water quality protection and we have a couple of kind of larger regional programs. One is Snapshot Day. 01:22:12
And in May we basically it's a snapshot of the water quality in the sanctuary, 86 sites were monitored and I think it took about 01:22:23
166 volunteers to do that in three counties. 01:22:30
So. 01:22:38
The samples are then analyzed for E coli and all kinds of different parameters. 01:22:39
Oh, is 98 volunteers? There we go. 01:22:46
And then First Flush, which we just had this weekend with our first rain. 01:22:49
Really interesting. And we have a 21 year trend report for all of the data from 2000 to 2021. 01:22:57
And really that is showing that the runoff water quality has generally improved, which is good news. 01:23:05
Over the past 21 years. 01:23:13
The concentrations of nitrate, copper, lead and zinc have decreased significantly and no analyte concentrations have increased 01:23:17
significantly. So that's you know when you have a long term data set like that you can really see those trends. 01:23:24
And we have a few pictures there. So other water quality projects, we work with City of Pacific Grove, which you guys probably 01:23:33
know. 01:23:37
And other cities to assist with monitoring for permitting purposes and special projects. 01:23:42
I won't go through these, but they're listed here as just a couple of different projects that we work on with cities. 01:23:49
And Urban watch. 01:23:57
Because that is the program that used to be on the Monterey Peninsula. All the cities would do, but I believe now it's just 01:24:00
Salinas. 01:24:04
And we monitor the streams and storm drain outlets for nutrients, total suspended solids and bacteria. So it just gives. 01:24:09
Cities, an indication of what's coming off their watersheds and into the outfalls. 01:24:17
And I. 01:24:23
What? Sorry, back. 01:24:24
In the middle picture, Lindsay Brown is our lead. She's works with the city here. 01:24:26
So I mentioned our permits, just wanted to give you a little snapshot of. 01:24:36
Why we issue permits in the first place? 01:24:42
So I should mention that. 01:24:45
Regulations go from no oil, oil drilling, no seabed disturbance, no illegal discharges. 01:24:48
No introduced species, so there's about a dozen or so of those. 01:24:58
But there are a few of those activities that we can permit. So for example flying in low over in the low overflight zones, we can 01:25:03
permit that. 01:25:09
So for FY23 basically we had 44. 01:25:15
Permits issued and here's the breakdown. So a lot of research permits mainly. 01:25:21
And for each of those permits we have to do NEPA document. 01:25:28
So that's the environmental assessment and record. 01:25:32
Consideration for each per. 01:25:36
So as an example here, this is the Monterey Bay Aquariums Retrofit Pipeline project. 01:25:39
And that's a picture of a diagram of the the pipeline. 01:25:46
We actually did an environmental analysis for that which was multi pages and really looked at the seabed impacts, looked at all 01:25:51
the other impacts in that area just to assess. 01:25:58
You know the level of environmental concern and. 01:26:05
And. 01:26:10
Informs us on the mitigations and what we put in the permits. 01:26:12
So it's an important component. 01:26:17
So emergency responses, just a little snapshot here. 01:26:22
FY. 01:26:27
So 47 total incidents. 01:26:29
And here's the breakdown. We had 15 vessel incidents, some of which were on the peninsula here. 01:26:33
For groundings or sinkings. 01:26:40
And five up in what we call the northern management area, which is north of Anion Wave, oh, up to. 01:26:42
Up. 01:26:50
Marin, basically. 01:26:52
And then we have 32 other non vessel incidents. So that's a combination of spills, illegal discharges. 01:26:54
Overflights. 01:27:02
And wildlife disturbances. 01:27:04
So we try to track those. In fact, each sanctuary tracks their incidents just to really get an idea of what what's happening, 01:27:06
what's being reported. 01:27:11
What's responded to? We try to keep that. 01:27:16
Monitored. 01:27:20
And I skipped over the first line, which is our 24 hour duty phone. 01:27:23
I just wanted to mention we do have someone on call. It's 24 hours. It's myself, Bridget Hoover and we. 01:27:27
Try to respond if something is happening real time, so it is a number you can call if you're seeing an incident and if it's 01:27:37
something serious, we would then. 01:27:43
Pass you on to Noah Office of Law Enforcement, as well as make our own contact with them. 01:27:49
So a little bit different I think than what you explained because I wanted to clarify that we work very closely with the office of 01:27:56
Law enforcement if there is something happening. 01:28:00
So this is it right here. Two, It's 831-236-6797. Yeah, I want to make sure you have that. 01:28:08
So just the rest of this is really talking about some of the spills. As you guys know, we had one of the worst winters, so there 01:28:16
were a lot of spills. 01:28:20
From wastewater treatment plants. 01:28:26
And. 01:28:28
So we dealt with quite a bit of. 01:28:30
Trash and other things coming out of the rivers and worked with state parks and the different. 01:28:35
Cities to try and work on cleanup. 01:28:41
Which is a challenge. 01:28:44
Really is, but marine debris is one of our. 01:28:45
OK. So whale conservation is another sanctuary priority at this site and I just wanted to mention the whale entanglement program 01:28:53
because that is been very active this year. 01:28:59
We have a NOAA response team which uses our Fullmar research vessel to respond when there is an entangled whale. So we just had a 01:29:07
training last week for all of the crew and responders that are local here. 01:29:14
And that's done in coordination with the National Marine Fisheries stranding network. 01:29:22
Do the training for. 01:29:28
And so for this year, we've had 25 confirmed entangled wells along the whole West Coast and the breakdown is here 9 Gray, 14 01:29:30
humpback and two orca and then sixteen of those 25 were entangled in California. 01:29:38
And and actually I have the number 4 entangled in Monterey Bay, but I think it's more than that and I'm double checking that 01:29:46
number. I think it's more like 6 or 8. 01:29:52
So. 01:29:58
This is an area where. 01:29:59
Because of the. 01:30:01
A number of vessels that are out on the water, we do get good sightings, we get people that report back to us if they do see an 01:30:03
entangled whale. 01:30:08
And so for that reason. 01:30:13
We see the one of the highest numbers, so we it's a hot spot here for entangled whales. 01:30:16
And essentially we work with CDFW and in this case the Commercial Dungeons fishing fleet to try to come up with mitigations and 01:30:23
ways to reduce that number. 01:30:29
Those numbers. 01:30:36
So that's ongoing. 01:30:38
And. 01:30:41
There's a lot to say about this. There's a lot to do about it. Looking at alternative gear, for example, that don't put lines in 01:30:43
the water. 01:30:46
Or have less lines in the water. 01:30:51
That's being looked at as well as the fishermen doing all that they can, which they definitely do, to try and reduce any long 01:30:54
lines, long trailing lines, tighten up their lines, those kinds of things. So best practices. 01:31:01
So that's working to some extent, but we are still getting these entangled whales, so we have to do a bit more. 01:31:08
Go ahead next slide and the other side of the whale conservation effort is looking at Whale Ship. 01:31:18
So. 01:31:26
For the 2023 vessel speed reduction program, that's a West Coast program. 01:31:28
In February, our Advisory Council recommended that the whole sanctuary be be part of. 01:31:35
The vessel speed reduction program and that means any large vessels over 300 tons. 01:31:41
Cannot go over or asked to. It's not a requirement. This is a guideline. 01:31:47
To not go over 10 knots. So reducing the speed of these large vessels in the in the tracks is giving the whales a bit more time to 01:31:54
get out of the way. 01:31:59
And if there is a strike it. 01:32:05
Less likely to be a mortal strike, so that's the reason for. 01:32:08
The speed reduction. 01:32:13
So it's been actually pretty successful, just voluntarily. 01:32:14
The East Coast is dealing with the same thing, but they have mandatory requirements. 01:32:20
Because of the. 01:32:27
Status of the right whales over there, but we are hopeful that we can continue this program on a voluntary basis and are just 01:32:28
trying to get more cooperation. So we have this Blue whales, blue Skies incentive program. 01:32:36
Which is really just to give provide a lot. 01:32:44
Good marketing and positive media for the lines that are following the rules and trying to. 01:32:48
Reduce their. 01:32:54
Wildlife disturbance issues, I think that's been covered really well. 01:32:58
In the last. 01:33:04
Presentations, but I'll just mention a few that we deal with probably daily or weekly. So UAS or drones. 01:33:05
And I'll mention that because that has been a topic here, I think. 01:33:15
And I've been working with Luke and Lori and Jan. 01:33:21
And others to try to see if there's a way to kind of fortify the addition the the existing ordinance that is on is here. 01:33:26
And. 01:33:37
We do get a lot of reports of kayakers. 01:33:38
Paddle boarders and and vessels approaching wildlife. So that's something that we deal with with a lot of outreach. 01:33:43
Umm. 01:33:52
And as well as this picture of a blimp going over the Hopkins, there's all kinds of different disturbances that you wouldn't even 01:33:53
think of that. 01:33:59
In this area and it. 01:34:04
A beautiful area, but it attracts so many people. I mean, that's part of the challenge, as you guys know. 01:34:07
All. 01:34:14
So I wanted to mention one. 01:34:17
Did we go? 01:34:21
Oh, OK. So we'll talk about the overflight zones. So these orange slashed areas are areas that were designated by Noah that. 01:34:24
That aircraft cannot go below 1000 feet. 01:34:38
And the reason for that is the sensitive wildlife along those the coast there, so it could be. 01:34:42
Nesting shore birds, pinnipeds that are. 01:34:50
And it's interesting you'll notice that Pacific Grove is not included. So. So people always ask me about that. 01:34:55
And I think of the time these were designated it's it was partly because of the airport and the airport already having kind of 01:35:03
juris sorry jurisdiction over this area. 01:35:08
Yeah, the line was put at Carmel River and South. So that is definitely a challenge for us in this area because. 01:35:16
We can. 01:35:27
Collaborate with folks to try to. 01:35:27
To try to, I guess, encourage use in a way that doesn't disturb wildlife and that's what we do, so we do a lot of that. 01:35:31
So I just wanted to make sure you knew about that. And then we have this marine life. Take prohibition, I think Ryan mentioned. So 01:35:41
this is through the Marine Mammal Protection Act. We have the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, all of 01:35:46
those. 01:35:52
Are part of the regulation and we coordinate with NOAA Fisheries or. 01:35:59
Yeah, just whoever the lead is for each of these acts. And it is. 01:36:05
It is. 01:36:11
A sanctuary regulation, but it's something we have to coordinate with the other agencies on. 01:36:12
That makes sense. 01:36:17
Go. 01:36:20
So a lot of what we do is non regulatory and I just wanted to give a few examples. 01:36:22
These are. 01:36:30
The best tools in our toolbox I would say. Obviously the bayonet coastal stewards as has been mentioned, they are kind of the eyes 01:36:30
and ears of the sanctuary, they. 01:36:35
Commit hundreds of hours of outreach to the public and just are really a dedicated bunch and I know we have one on your Commission 01:36:42
here. So thank you. 01:36:47
We have the Central California Black Oyster Catcher program that's with was mentioned earlier. Again, this is a key group that is 01:36:54
now written into our permits as a requirement for UAS or drone use in this area. 01:37:02
So they must coordinate with that group. That's one of the conditions. 01:37:11
We have your wonderful Pacific Grove Harbor seal ordinance. So that is something we worked on with you guys when it came into 01:37:16
fruition, which is fabulous. And then we have research program collaborations. 01:37:24
Some of which are in the audience here. 01:37:31
Really working with folks in the community to better understand and coordinate activities. So Ryan covered the harbor seal report. 01:37:35
A lot of what I do is coordinate activities in the region for areas that don't have regulations. So if for example, drone use at 01:37:44
Hopkins Marine Station in that area. 01:37:51
It takes really collaborating and talking to folks and. 01:37:59
And trying to come up with solutions that fit both what the researcher needs to do because they they're important, they have 01:38:03
important research to do. 01:38:08
And also impacts animals the least amount possible. So that's kind of what we try to do is find that balance. 01:38:14
And then agency coordination for surveys. So we were talking about the harbor seal survey. We had a meeting, for example, last 01:38:24
week between US Fish and Wildlife and USGS, who coordinate the sea Otter survey with nymphs, who coordinate the harbor seal survey 01:38:30
to see if we can. 01:38:36
Be more efficient doing that together. So those kinds of things we're looking at ways. 01:38:43
With limited capacity and limited funding, how do we best make these surveys? 01:38:49
Effective and annual because some of them haven't not been done for a while. 01:38:56
OK. Moving on to the next one. 01:39:02
I mentioned outreach, so we have resource protection outreach tools. This is a piece on sea Otter rafts that we worked on with the 01:39:05
aquarium. 01:39:09
Sea Otter savvy and some some kayak shops because we realized with the winter storms. 01:39:15
All the rafting sea otters in front of the aquarium were being very disturbed and we were getting daily calls about it. 01:39:22
We got together, put this, put this out to everybody in the community and it had an effect. We got a lot less calls. So it really 01:39:32
worked to get everybody's input and then help have them help us get it out. 01:39:39
So that was a good example. 01:39:48
And then someone mentioned signs. That is another way that we try to message. 01:39:50
And this year we had new signs for each of the harbours. 01:39:58
Really focused on our motorized personal watercraft zones. There's one zone off of each harbour and the use of jet skis is 01:40:01
designated in those zones and not outside of them. So that's a wildlife protection measure. 01:40:09
And that's a regulation. 01:40:18
So the sign explains all of. 01:40:21
And then we collaborated with Pacific Grove, had a lot of signs put in here is installed by the city, which was great. 01:40:24
And now we're working on a new sign with Hopkins Marine Station. 01:40:31
For right inside the fence where the bayonet station is to view the seals. So that should is in progress. It should be coming 01:40:37
soon. 01:40:41
I mentioned enforcement coordination. 01:40:47
We have a law enforcement. 01:40:51
Technical Advisory Committee, which is all of the law enforcement and agencies in the area. 01:40:54
Which are represented here Coast Guard CDFW Parks. 01:40:59
US Fish and Wildlife Service. 01:41:04
They we meet quarterly and I facilitate those meetings and we talk a lot about how the agencies can collaborate and really 01:41:08
leverage each other because as someone mentioned, no, maybe you were talking about. 01:41:15
CDFW, but no office of law enforcement is also very limited. We have one law enforcement officer here, Sam Ragner. 01:41:23
Two in Santa Rosa and two in Long Beach. So that's the extent for this entire California coast. 01:41:34
So we do have to leverage and work together. 01:41:42
And I think they have. 01:41:45
Partnership both, you know, on the water assets. 01:41:48
And air assets are collaborative, so it's really good. 01:41:53
OK. Next one. And then just wanted to mention reporting violations that you see or any injured animals. These are the hotlines 01:41:58
that we put out. 01:42:04
The No Enforcement Hotline. 01:42:10
Is a good one to call because it is. It is Does have someone an operator answering 24/7 and if it's something serious they will 01:42:12
get in touch with one of our officers. 01:42:18
So. 01:42:23
I wanted to mention that one Cal tip is also good which you can also text and then you probably know already Marine Mammal Center 01:42:26
or the Monterey County SPCA for birds. 01:42:32
And pad. 01:42:39
And then for drone violations, we this is on our sign by the way. I hope it's the right number. Pacific Grove Police Department. 01:42:41
Or CDFW for phishing violations. 01:42:50
And then again, our 24 hour duty phone is at the bottom. 01:42:53
Which you can call. 01:42:59
All right. I think the only other thing I wanted to mention is we have a lot of other things going on which I didn't put in here 01:43:04
because we don't have time, but we do. Some of our priorities are iconic kelp. We're doing a lot of coordination with CDFW and 01:43:11
other agencies on what's happening with the kelp. You know, that's a big problem. 01:43:18
We are working on deep sea coral protections right now, so there's three areas. 01:43:27
That we are working with Pacific Fishery Management Council to designate as fully protected from fishing so that we can do coral 01:43:34
out planting and actually take corals from 1 area and plant them in another. 01:43:40
Climate change is a huge topic. Obviously we have a climate vulnerability assessment coming out in February and then we'll be 01:43:47
working on a climate adaptation plan next year. 01:43:53
So that's another big thing. And then marine debris, we have 3 vessels that we are going to be, they're sunk. We're going to be 01:43:59
taking them out. 01:44:04
You know, there's a lot going on. 01:44:11
That's a little bit. 01:44:14
And that is really the resource protection focused part and I appreciate your time. 01:44:15
Thank you very much. Thank you, Karen. Thank you so much. That was super informative. And you know, it's always been interesting 01:44:22
to me. There's so many different. 01:44:27
Organizations. 01:44:32
You know and and govern. 01:44:34
What do you, who do you call and what, what's the jurisdiction and how does that overlap and how and how do you guys work 01:44:38
together? And I think you started helping us understand a little bit about that. I appreciate it. 01:44:44
Um. 01:44:52
Does are there any questions from the? 01:44:53
No, come on up. I can come on up. There's a microphone up here. 01:45:01
I just want to thank Karen. 01:45:09
She's. 01:45:11
A great help to us when we're down there by the harbor seals. Of course I'm one of the docents for bayonet, but also one of the 01:45:13
monitors just. 01:45:16
You know, I've been watching the Harbor Seals for years and years, and they're like my kids, so I know all of them, you know, 01:45:21
individually. And Karen is. 01:45:26
Such a great support. 01:45:31
And they do so much stuff, and there's so many things happening in the Bay there that I think a lot of people just walking by 01:45:33
aren't even aware of. 01:45:38
So it's great what you guys are doing to help out because as you know, it's. 01:45:43
As to what they can do and how many people they have working for them, So what you guys do to help us? Furthermore protections for 01:45:47
all the wildlife like in signage. 01:45:52
Specific signages for different things, because I think when we get to doing some signage, what there's so much stuff on it, 01:46:00
people don't see it anymore. 01:46:05
So particularly for, say, like Hopkins, you know, like a. 01:46:11
Seals are sleeping quiet, so you know it doesn't take a lot. 01:46:15
Just take some simple signage so people know or know drones, you know, that kind of thing. 01:46:19
We are doing a lot of educating. We're gonna be doing again the young naturalist club here for the museum. 01:46:26
We do college groups that come to Hopkins. 01:46:33
We actually do a lot of training for the Point Lobos docents in their pupping season. 01:46:37
As well as bayonet a lot of times and we're doing a lot of outreach and we hope to do even more, but we're always looking for 01:46:42
volunteers. So anybody out there that wants to help out with the Harbor seals, we would love to have you. 01:46:50
And you can contact us either through the Harbor Seal Facebook page if you want to join Bay Net. 01:46:58
Through the sanctuary page, so please come and help. 01:47:03
Help protect our wildlife. It is very special here. 01:47:08
And we're lucky to have it and. 01:47:11
This is one of the best places in the world because of what we have. 01:47:15
And yes, definitely Hopkins Marine Station, we are lucky to have Stanford there. Without them there and I believe that fence, we 01:47:19
would not have the harbor seals there. So we were really happy to have them there and we're lucky to have the harbor seals we 01:47:24
watch. 01:47:30
Them grow up there and then have their own pups and live their entire lives. 01:47:36
So come down and visit us and would like to see all of you down there. 01:47:41
And I want to thank you guys. 01:47:46
Thank you, Kim. 01:47:50
Any raised hands? 01:47:53
Hi, Karen, this is Lisa Gianni. I want to thank you so much for this presentation. Wow. 01:47:57
This was great and. 01:48:06
I'm excited that they're about new signs coming to Hopkins for the Seals. 01:48:09
That's great as a black oyster catcher monitor. 01:48:16
And a lover of the harbor seals. 01:48:20
I'm still concerned about that overflight zone map and I'm just wondering if there's any hope. 01:48:23
That that map will get changed to include Pacific. 01:48:31
Or at least stick some wording on there that. 01:48:36
Pacific Grove too, you know. 01:48:41
Something. 01:48:45
Responsible drone operators who are checking. 01:48:48
The the NOAA website, the marine sanctuary website. 01:48:54
They shouldn't be flying in Pacific Grove. Uh hopefully we will have a an ordinance before too long. 01:48:59
But. 01:49:12
You know. 01:49:13
Not everybody's gonna. 01:49:15
Know about that either. Hopefully we'll have signs coming into PG, but but still. 01:49:17
Uh, anything. Anything that we can do? 01:49:23
Help people understand. 01:49:26
Flying drones in an area like Pacific Grove with a tremendous wildlife that we have. 01:49:30
Is a really bad idea. But thank you again Karen. Bye bye. 01:49:36
Thank you, Lisa. I'll just mention we have something called a management plan and we just. 01:49:42
In 2021. 01:49:49
An update, so will be another five years or so before we do the next update, but I would encourage people to put in their comments 01:49:51
if you think that Pacific Grove should be included in overflight. 01:49:58
So that would be the next opportunity probably? 01:50:05
One more hand raised Tony Gian. 01:50:10
Thank you for the opportunity to speak and thank you for the presentation. 01:50:13
I have a couple of questions about. 01:50:20
The relationship with the Mon. 01:50:23
National. 01:50:26
Sanctuary. 01:50:28
The. 01:50:32
Jurisdictions. 01:50:34
Does the Monterey Bay? 01:50:37
National San. 01:50:40
Marine sanctuary. 01:50:42
Is is it involved in evaluating? 01:50:47
Project. 01:50:52
That are done along the shoreline. 01:50:53
From what I can see. 01:50:56
It's a very. 01:50:59
Section of the California coast. 01:51:01
Pacific Groves in the heart. 01:51:06
And. 01:51:09
In my observations of the. 01:51:12
Permitting regulatory. 01:51:15
Which is sort of the finger in. 01:51:18
Kind of. 01:51:20
Not the planning approach, but. 01:51:23
A project comes along. 01:51:25
How do you get? 01:51:27
That process and number. 01:51:31
Is What is the relationship? 01:51:34
The BLM. 01:51:37
National California National Monuments. 01:51:40
What is the relationship of? 01:51:46
The Monterey. 01:51:51
Thank you. 01:51:54
Thank you, Tony. 01:51:57
So our jurisdiction starts at mean high water. 01:51:59
So for any projects that are in our jurisdiction. 01:52:03
C word. 01:52:07
Which would be some sea walls, for example construction projects. 01:52:09
Then we would be involved in looking at permit requirements. 01:52:15
And we have a whole permanent application process which we coordinate with the Coastal Commission. 01:52:20
Or with the cities. 01:52:27
And yeah, there's a whole process involved. 01:52:29
So. 01:52:32
Yeah, there's a lot of different permit avenues from discharge we work with the water board for. 01:52:34
Aquaculture. 01:52:42
Discharges. 01:52:43
Yeah. There's a lot going on with permits. So we do have jurisdiction. It has to be. 01:52:45
Below mean high water and we engage. 01:52:51
Different agency consultations. 01:52:55
And then with B. 01:52:59
It's another federal agency that we coordinate with, so. 01:53:03
For example, Rick Hanks, who used to be the director here, he. 01:53:09
He had office space with us, so we did a lot of collaborative outreach projects together. 01:53:13
I think it's it's really focused more on. 01:53:20
And then leveraging any? 01:53:24
Projects as well, so we work together on. 01:53:28
But it's it's a collaboration between federal agencies. I guess I would. 01:53:31
Hope that answers your question and I know Theo had. 01:53:38
She's in the. 01:53:41
Thank you. Good evening, Influenza Michele, I Hopkins, Manistasha, I just wanted to. 01:53:56
All the presenters for this incredibly informative and useful presentations. 01:54:03
I think that the the thread throughout them is the importance of cooperation. 01:54:08
Of getting everyone together. And so this is an opportunity to thank all those involved in collecting all of this information. We 01:54:16
are in one of the hotspots of biodiversity in the world. 01:54:22
And we have the privilege of having this incredible wildlife here. And still there's so many gaps in knowledge of the just the 01:54:29
basic biology behaviors of these populations. 01:54:35
That we have here in Monterey Bay and filling those gaps is going to take a lot of collaboration. So I think these are really 01:54:42
great examples of what is happening here. There is exciting and it's important and like so many. 01:54:49
So many people coming together and then the importance of cooperation to I want to take this opportunity to thank Karen, because 01:54:58
at Hopkins the issues are many and no. 01:55:03
Often things that we don't even expect come up there's. 01:55:09
Sometimes the public wanders in. 01:55:15
To find out what is happening, but perhaps gets to the beach at a sensitive time when there's pups or there's research happening, 01:55:18
there's classes, there's events, and so I really appreciate. 01:55:23
Now the work the current has done to highlight what the issues are and help us problem solve and figure out how to reconcile all 01:55:30
these really important activities that are happening with the welfare and the well-being on these populations. 01:55:37
And so just an opportunity to stress the importance of what is happening right now with the support of so many people in Monterey 01:55:46
Bay. And and also just no kind of gratitude for the support that we're getting in learning how to reconcile all of these different 01:55:53
needs with the well-being of the of the seals, oyster catchers and the wildlife that they find that. Hopkins, thank you so much. 01:56:00
Thank you. 01:56:06
Let's see that, Councilmember. 01:56:26
Thank you, Dan, and thank you for the presentation. Carrie, Karen, I noticed. 01:56:30
At the end you were mentioning some of the your efforts about resource protections. 01:56:35
And I'm just wondering if you could in general terms discuss the. 01:56:41
Of Noah's vulnerability plan and also the climate adaptation plan that you're planning for and what what the scope is and and what 01:56:45
your timeline looks like. Thank you. 01:56:50
Certainly so, the Climate Vulnerability assessment. 01:56:58
Is quite extensive. I I'm gonna probably mess this up, but I know we have at least 40 species. We're looking at maybe 6 habitats. 01:57:04
And something else. 01:57:16
I wasn't working directly on it. I'm going to be working on the climate adaptation plan, though, so once that. 01:57:19
CVA, as we call it, is completed. We'll use that to really inform the climate adaptation plan, look at where we have the most 01:57:25
vulnerabilities for either habitat or species, and come up with actionable. 01:57:34
Plans to help reduce that vulnerability if we can, and increase, you know, the resiliency of the area. 01:57:44
Of the Shoreline. So it's it's kind of just starting out right now and thinking about a climate adaptation plan. We're going to 01:57:55
include our Advisory Council in that process. 01:58:01
So they will have a subcommittee working on that. 01:58:07
Will be probably leveraging our research activity panel, which is a working group of the Advisory Council. They're all the 01:58:11
researchers like Theo and others. 01:58:16
In the area. 01:58:22
And experts on all kinds of different. 01:58:24
Portions that involve the Climate Vulnerability Assessment So. 01:58:27
I think we are in a good position because we also have. 01:58:32
A couple of coastal regional sediment management plans in place for southern Monterey Bay region and also for the Santa Cruz 01:58:38
littoral cell. 01:58:42
Where? 01:58:47
The community has. 01:58:48
Really come up with a lot of umm. 01:58:51
Measures and ideas on what to do to combat these these vulnerable areas, so we'll be looking at those as well. 01:58:55
And looking at our management plan, which is still fairly new, there's a lot of adaptation activities in in that plan. So we'll be 01:59:04
looking at how we can implement them. 01:59:10
Working again collaboratively with our partners and everybody in the. 01:59:17
So. 01:59:22
Gonna be a work in progress and maybe we can talk about it. 01:59:23
When it comes along a bit more and we can inform you guys. 01:59:27
All right. Thank you. That would be great. Thank you. 01:59:33
Karen, please stay up here, Andre. 01:59:40
Aaron, thanks so much for coming in. I have scribbled so many notes tonight. Thank you everyone. 01:59:43
Again, I know you're all very stretched and busy, but I imagine you could do some speaking or training for conservation officers. 01:59:51
In the future, right? OK, also I. 02:00:01
You know, there are few threats. We have limited few threats we have control over. I think signs, we talked about signs. 02:00:06
So in terms of kayaks, you both mentioned kayaks. 02:00:15
And again, I think what gets really complicated are all these jurisdictions. 02:00:20
So I am a Bay. 02:00:26
Volunteer I am also a SEAL. 02:00:28
I have noticed kayaks coming in sometimes and sometimes people don't know, right? So there is an education piece. There's also. 02:00:33
A. 02:00:43
If we were to put a buoy or something, a sign or something, and maybe our Hopkins station manager will want to speak to this too, 02:00:44
so welcome. 02:00:49
Where, where would that lie? I also have a question about the Hopkins fence and putting signs there as well. So I think first the 02:00:57
buoy, because that may be your area, I don't know. 02:01:02
Well, we have talked about a buoy. 02:01:07
Maybe just outside the mouth of the Cove to Hopkins that alerts kayakers that this is a sensitive area or a research station or 02:01:11
something that indicates. 02:01:16
It's not a good place to go in and land your kayak not you know, we haven't figured that out but I think it would be more about 02:01:22
who would do the maintenance and. 02:01:27
Keep, you know, maintain the, the. 02:01:33
And own. 02:01:36
So it's something we've thought about. We haven't had discussions on, but certainly that could be entertained. So that's your area 02:01:37
though? That would be your area, yeah. 02:01:41
OK so then Hopkins fence, I'm assuming we're we are way we're out of time but one thing I was going to ask everybody we we've 02:01:46
we've run out of time for our final speaker. 02:01:52
Which I think was that's that. 02:01:59
This has been phenomenal. I mean, I've been, I've been. I have so much information kind of running around in my head, the final 02:02:02
speaker. 02:02:06
Was was going to be Dara Sanders who's the contract planner for Pacific Grove and was going to kind of put all this together 02:02:12
talking about overlapping jurisdictions and what Pacific Grove? 02:02:17
Has in place for enforcement. 02:02:23
Anyway, my proposal is that we. 02:02:27
Between now and the next meeting. 02:02:31
Really think about questions based on all of this wonderful information that we got tonight. 02:02:34
And invite Dara back for December, our December meeting. 02:02:40
And I'm hoping that that. 02:02:45
I I just had a question. 02:02:49
I emailed Dara because I didn't know what her Wait, wait, I wanted to ask you about the jet ski zone, but just just really quick. 02:02:52
Like I I thought we were supposed to read the RFP and I. 02:03:01
Like, make comments about it. I wasn't sure. What if she needed us to do anything before the December 7th City Council meeting? 02:03:07
That's my question. And then for you, it was the jet ski zone. 02:03:14
You mind if I take that question really quick because I have to run, I have to doggy to go pick up. All right. So because I'm on 02:03:21
team motion and I was out there when the jet ski was going all over the place and we were like going the jet ski zone is over 02:03:27
there, but we didn't know exactly where. So if you could clarify, I'd really appreciate it. Yeah. 02:03:33
What? Out of where were you? Monterey. Moss Landing? Santa Cruz. We were out of Moss Landing. No, no, no. Monterey. Monterey. 02:03:40
Yeah. So if you were standing on Del Monte Beach and you look straight out, it's it's in that area. 02:03:49
And there's buoys that mark that one. 02:03:58
But. 02:04:02
Next time get photos. Thank you. Thank you very much. 02:04:02
Bye, bye. Thank you. 02:04:06
Our next our next meeting is December 19th and. 02:04:14
OK. 02:04:23
If I wish to put some motions forth. 02:04:25
Do I do that now or does that wait for our next meeting? 02:04:29
Chair Myers, real quick before we you did approve the agenda with Miss Saunders. 02:04:35
Presenting. 02:04:41
So if you want to have her present tonight, I think she's here and willing to do so. 02:04:42
Think she probably would prefer to get it done. 02:04:48
But if not, then you'll have to make a motion to continue the that item to a future agenda. 02:04:51
And Miss Saunders has her hands raised, raised. 02:05:13
Maybe she has a comment. 02:05:17
Hi, Chair Myers and the rest of the Commission. 02:05:23
I would love to come to the the next meeting to present. Unfortunately I do have another public hearing scheduled for. 02:05:28
That same evening. 02:05:38
So I probably will not be available. 02:05:42
To attend your next your next meeting. 02:05:45
So if we do continue the. 02:05:50
I think the the soonest I would be able to attend would be the January meeting, unfortunately. 02:05:54
OK. Thank you. Thanks for that information. 02:06:02
Yeah, maybe we should never. 02:06:11
Is that is everybody saying? 02:06:14
Back. 02:06:21
Yeah, if you want to go ahead, we'll just do it tonight. 02:06:25
OK, wonderful. I promise I will only be about 10 minutes in my presentation. 02:06:29
And then? 02:06:37
The remainder of the time for questions, feedback, and comments. 02:06:38
So I'm going to go. 02:06:44
The presentation. 02:06:48
Get things in. 02:06:50
OK, so good evening Chair Myers and the the remainder of the BNRC Commission. I am Dara Sanders, I'm a Principal planner and 02:06:55
planning manager for a good city company which is we're a little a little planning firm in the Bay Area. We support several small 02:07:04
towns and cities with project management, current planning, advanced planning. 02:07:13
While most of our clients are in the Bay Area, we do. 02:07:24
Enjoy the pleasure of supporting Pacific Groves Planning Division as well as the City of Scotts Valley. I was brought on board by 02:07:27
the City Manager's Office in the spring to help advance the City Council's environmental stewardship. 02:07:35
Priorities related to wildlife protect. 02:07:44
So tonight I'll be giving a presentation on what we've done to advance this effort since the BNRC passed the baton to the City 02:07:48
Council in 2022. And then I'll be asking for your feedback to help shape our work moving moving forward. 02:07:56
So after receiving a thorough and thoughtful report from the the Coastal Wildlife Protection Advisory Committee and the BNRC and 02:08:05
the City Council Subcommittee. 02:08:10
City Council directed staff. 02:08:15
To achieve some of the directives that are listed here. 02:08:19
I won't. 02:08:25
Dive into too much specifics there, since I think this this Commission is familiar with those directives. 02:08:26
Good City company was you know brought on board to prepare the an RFP for the local coastal program amendments. 02:08:38
So, so we presented the RFP to City Council for consideration in July. 02:08:50
Umm, at that time City Council created a subcommittee comprising of Council members Coletti and McDonald, who I believe are are 02:08:57
here this evening to work with the staff on minor amendments to that RFP. 02:09:03
That we presented to review proposals. 02:09:11
Conduct interviews for LCP amendments and provide that guidance during staff's preparation. 02:09:14
Of the requested comprehensive report. 02:09:21
City Council also added another action item to work with the city attorney to evaluate the city's current wildlife protection 02:09:25
regulations. 02:09:29
And prepare a council policy that brings all of those regulations into one. 02:09:34
So that awareness enforcement activities are a lot sort of more organized. 02:09:39
Following the The City Councils July action we were the City was authorized to begin work on the preparation of that comprehensive 02:09:47
report on the use of Community Service Officers. 02:09:54
So now I'm going to dive into the efforts that we've taken to advance. 02:10:02
This Commission's recommendations, the Council's action and direction. 02:10:08
So we finalized the request for proposals for LCP amend. 02:10:13
You know, staff recommended that we pursue an RFP instead of a request for qualifications because in the RFP we capture the 02:10:18
qualifications of firms. 02:10:23
But then we also get details on how they would approach the project and a cost associated with that approach. So we felt like that 02:10:28
would save us some time in the long run. 02:10:33
The RFP does list the Coastal Wildlife Protection priorities. 02:10:40
Intended to be implemented through the LCP amend. 02:10:45
A lot of those priorities came out of this. 02:10:49
As well as the City Council. 02:10:53
It identifies specific policies to be created and updated through the amendment process. 02:10:57
But it also gives proposers the the ability to identify other amendments that would help to advance the priorities that we've 02:11:03
identified. 02:11:07
We also. 02:11:12
You know. 02:11:14
Black oyster catcher and harbor seal protect. 02:11:17
To that RFP as scope of work expectations. 02:11:20
To address the very things that have been brought up today during previous presentations, particularly in reducing the negative 02:11:27
impacts of land based noise. 02:11:33
On Harbor? 02:11:39
So that RFP was was published earlier this month and I've reached out to a few local professionals who may be qualified to perform 02:11:41
the work just to make sure that they're aware of that RFP. We want to get the best turn out in terms of proposals that we can that 02:11:49
we can get. So we're just at the beginning of this effort as you can see in the in the chart on the screen we have. 02:11:57
Quite a bit of work cut out for us moving forward, but we'll continue to provide updates as we make progress on this. 02:12:05
The subcommittee and I have been working to identify the necessary contents of that comprehensive report on the use of Csos for 02:12:14
citywide protection purposes. 02:12:19
This work has included coordinating with the Police Department on how this effort can be worked into their current. 02:12:26
Work program for Csos, but also their evolving work program for Csos, particularly now since the CSO team will be expanding from 02:12:34
one officer to four officers, which is just a huge. 02:12:40
Increase in resources for this effort particularly. 02:12:49
We believe that the the report is a dynamic document that serves as the sort of best practices or a set of guidelines for the 02:12:52
police as they continue to sort of implement. 02:12:59
Educate. 02:13:06
Or enforce. 02:13:09
For wildlife protection purposes. 02:13:11
And so we we expect it to continue to evolve over time. 02:13:14
That said, that evolution. 02:13:19
Should include. 02:13:23
Placeholders for CSO training and continuing education. 02:13:24
Best practices in terms of signage, community outreach, public education and then CSO sort of interaction with with the community. 02:13:33
Will. 02:13:43
We'll also identify all the additional sort of regulations that are scattered throughout the municipal code related to protection 02:13:44
of wildlife and their habitats. 02:13:50
And will include several recommendations to the City Council on establishing that council policy that brings all of those 02:13:57
regulations in one place. 02:14:01
A series of reporting and monitoring actions and recommendations. 02:14:06
And on that front, potential reporting and monitoring recommendations are anticipated to include. 02:14:14
Updating the powers and duties of the BNRC to advise on education and enforcement needs. 02:14:21
That come out of quarterly reporting on CSO activities related to citywide wildlife. 02:14:28
Protection. 02:14:37
We also expect. 02:14:38
As the LCP amendments continue to evolve. 02:14:42
Are codified and certified that will want to engage with the Planning Commission on regular Reporting and use and use that board 02:14:46
to make recommendations on the ongoing and evolving needs of. 02:14:53
Protection of wildlife based on human activity and and coastal development. 02:15:03
So we've accomplished a lot as a team, the subcommittee and I and I'll continue to advance these efforts with with them. Some of 02:15:11
our biggest milestones and critical path items are related to the LCP will they'll they'll be coming around pretty soon. We 02:15:17
anticipate reviewing. 02:15:23
Proposals in December and proceeding with interviews shortly thereafter. 02:15:30
Once the subcommittee, once the City Council confirms the subcommittee's selection recommendation on a qualified firm to update 02:15:35
the LCP, we'll move pretty quickly in terms of of a kickoff meeting for the amendment process. 02:15:44
And and creating a process with multiple touch points. 02:15:53
As the LCP amendments start to take shape, we expect a touch point. 02:15:58
Will likely include this group. 02:16:03
Similarly, we'll be finalizing the first draft of the comprehensive report on citywide. 02:16:07
Protection efforts. The subcommittee will vet that draft. 02:16:14
And they'll inform the final draft that will then eventually be presented to the City Council. 02:16:19
I'm working diligently to get that draft to the subcommittee in December. 02:16:27
Would love to turn it around to City Council. 02:16:32
Q1 of 24. 02:16:37
So that we can begin, you know, swiftly moving into implementation. 02:16:40
Our goal is to be. 02:16:46
Finished with with that effort in Q2 of 24. 02:16:49
And then with the acceptance of that report and recommended approach, we'll pivot to implementing the recommendations of the 02:16:54
report on treating policies and establishing regular reporting and and Commission monitoring and recommendations. 02:17:01
So what we're hoping to get out of today was ideas and and renowned resources. 02:17:09
Umm, training resources for the community service officers as their their team grows from 1:00 to 4:00 and as they pick up this 02:17:17
responsibility, we want them to be successful in in their role and so if you have training resources. 02:17:26
And and ideas? Please pass those along. 02:17:35
Training resources for volunteers would also. 02:17:40
Be helpful to include in that comprehensive report feedback on potential monitoring and reporting activities and your role. 02:17:43
In that process And then just if if you could promote awareness of that request for proposals for local coastal program 02:17:55
amendments, that would be fantastic so that our community, our professional community out there knows that we're looking for those 02:18:00
services. 02:18:06
And and has the opportunity to make a proposal. 02:18:13
So with that, I will end my presentation. 02:18:16
And I can take questions if you would like. 02:18:21
Take feedback if if we're out of time, I understand. 02:18:26
I I do have the city e-mail address that I can send to you and you can give me feedback. It's really up to to you in terms of how 02:18:32
you'd like to proceed from here. 02:18:37
Hey, Kim Aikman again, and I just wanted to let her know we would be happy to train any of the Csos or any volunteers, and I'd be 02:18:53
happy to have them come down. We can do it in several sessions because I know they probably don't have a lot of time. 02:19:00
But about the harbor seals, we can definitely do that because like I said, we do train the point Lobos docents and the bayonet 02:19:07
docents. 02:19:11
Another thought and Karen Grimmer. 02:19:15
Already left the area but. 02:19:17
Might want to talk to her about whether they can sit in on some of the bayonet training too, because they cover so many areas. 02:19:21
Of topics. So very well-rounded education for them. Thank you. 02:19:28
We have one. 02:19:36
Mr. 02:19:40
Thank you for the presentation. 02:19:43
It appears very. 02:19:47
But it appears to. 02:19:50
The public will be able to participate in this process. 02:19:54
My experience. 02:20:01
Maybe that's where the process should begin. 02:20:03
And. 02:20:08
Maybe this process should? 02:20:11
Some sort of a works. 02:20:14
Where? 02:20:16
What you've just. 02:20:18
Is. 02:20:21
In a format. 02:20:22