Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) staff and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) staff will present a briefing on two September Pacific Council meeting agenda items, the Chumash Sanctuary Designation and the Coral Restoration and Research Plan, to interested Pacific Council members, advisory body members, and the public on Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
This briefing is being conducted remotely with a web broadcast that provides the opportunity for remote public comment. In the event an outage occurs or technical issues arise that impact the experience of remote attendees, we will attempt to resolve them but ultimately we cannot guarantee that they will be resolved satisfactorily.
Purpose of the meeting
The Pacific Council will be considering two administrative items related to the ONMS at its September meeting. The Coral Restoration and Research Plan will discuss the consideration of new areas for coral research and restoration in the Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries. The Council will begin scoping this item in September and will consider the areas that may be closed to fishing and to what fisheries the closures would apply. The Chumash Sanctuary Designation item will focus on the proposed designation documents and regulations for the new Sanctuary, with particular focus on any proposed regulations that may affect fishing activities under the Council’s jurisdiction. This presentation is aimed at a broad audience of Council members, advisory body members, and the public. Pacific Council and ONMS staff may follow up with more targeted discussions with advisory bodies during their September meetings will also brief the Council directly.
If you have additional questions regarding the meeting, please contact Ms. Jessi Doerpinghause at 503-820-2415; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 415.