People can learn more about the present and future of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at two meetings Friday, Oct. 23, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.
The sanctuary’s advisory council will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then sanctuary staff will hold a second session from 6 to 8 p.m. about updating the sanctuary’s management plan.
The current status and future of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary — which, if it is established, would fill the oceanic-protection gap between the Monterey and Channel Islands sanctuaries — isn’t on the agenda for either meeting.
Margaret “P.J.” Webb of Cambria is the chairwoman of the advisory council, which is to receive at the meeting a series of updates and presentations on various topics, including wildlife disturbance, water quality and a report on the southern region. The sanctuary covers 276 miles of shoreline and 4,601 square nautical miles of the Pacific, from mid-Cambria to Marin County.
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The preliminary agenda for the evening review of the management plan includes as priority topics: climate change, wildlife disturbance, water-quality protection, visitor centers, citizen science and marine debris.
People can offer comments on potential regulatory changes aimed “at better protecting the sanctuary’s marine resources and maritime heritage assets,” according to an agency release.
For details, go to http://montereybay.noaa.gov/intro/mp/2015review/documents.html#mpr-noi
At both meetings, the public also is invited to comment on any topic of concern related to the Monterey Bay sanctuary.