May 17, 2010 BRTF meeting draft agenda

Who: MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force

What: Sixth meeting (draft agenda attached)

When:Monday, May 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Via teleconference and online meeting
and on the day of the meeting (for viewing or listening only) via
simultaneous webcast at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_n.asp.

Note that this meeting has a single agenda item; any public comment will be requested to focus on that agenda item.

May 12, 2010 SAT meeting and draft agenda

Who: MLPA Master Plan Science Advisory Team

What: Sixth meeting (draft agenda attached)

When:Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Via teleconference and online meeting
and on the day of the meeting (for viewing or listening only) via
simultaneous webcast at www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_n.asp.

Note that six public participation locations (Crescent City, Eureka, Fort Bragg, Los Alamitos, Sacramento and Santa Barbara) will be available for the public to view the meeting webcast and participate in public comment; details in the attached draft agenda.

Seafood Champions Award Winner

Seafood Champions Award WinnerFirst presented in 2006, the Seafood Champion Awards annually recognize individuals and companies for outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood. Seafood choices established the award to honor those in the seafood industry whose past and/or present contributions demonstrate a commitment to innovation that leads to change.

Sunday the 15th of March Co-Founders Natalie and Jack Webster accepted the Seafood Champions Awards in Boston on Behalf of AAFA. AAFA received this renowned international award for their leadership in promoting responsible seafood and commitment to innovation. Every year in Boston the Seafood Choices Alliance hands out the award to the most progressive and innovative entrepreneurs and businesses in the sustainable fisheries sector.

Seafood Choices AllianceAAFA is honored to receive this Seafood Champion Award. We believe it recognizes and acknowledges the sacrifice, commitment and passion of our fishermen and families. We hope this helps encourage other fisheries to plot their own course toward a successful and sustainable future.

Featured In the Fishes Media Kit

American Albacore Tuna “Surprisingly Different and Sustainable” Featured In the Fishes Media Kit Distributing Around Europe.

Click the pictures below to read full articles featured in the Fishe’s Media Kit that are distributing around Europe.

MarineMap Survey

Dear MLPAI Stakeholder Group Member (disregard if you have taken survey already, thanks for your input):

You are invited to participate in a research project on the use of MarineMap in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI). This is a Master’s Degree project being conducted by Derek Campbell from the Public Policy Department at the University of Oregon and in cooperation with the MarineMap Consortium. The research will help those involved in the study gauge the strengths and weaknesses of MarineMap in its application to marine protected area (MPA) design.

If you are willing, all you need to do is complete this short questionnaire, which should take approximately 15 minutes. Your participation is voluntary. If you do not wish to participate, simply delete this email with questionnaire link. Responses will be completely anonymous; your name will not appear anywhere on the survey. Completing the questionnaire constitutes your consent to participate. The questionnaire can be found at the link provided below.

Keep this letter for your records. If you have any questions regarding the research, contact Derek Campbell at 541.350.6620 or Rich Margerum (student advisor) at 541.346.2526. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research subject, please contact the Office for Protection of Human Subjects at the University of Oregon at 541.346.2510. This Office oversees the review of the research to protect your rights and is not involved with this study.

Thank you for your help, participation is very appreciated.

Sincerely, Derek Campbell
Dcampbe4@uoregon.edu

View MarineMap Survey

Journalist Arrested for Filming and Speaking at Public MLPAI Meeting

Independent video journalist David Gurney has a powerful sense of duty: to create a video record of the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative (MLPAI), and to speak politely and in turn at public MLPA meetings. David Gurney was forcibly removed by a Fish and Game Warden from the MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholders Group public meeting in his home town, Fort Bragg, California…. Read more (IndyBay.org)

MLPA Goal 3 draft guidelines available for review and comment

Who: Interested members of the public

What: Invitation to review and comment on the Draft Guidelines to Assist Stakeholders in Addressing Goal 3 of the Marine Life Protection Act in the MLPA North Coast Study Region

When: Comments are requested no later than Thursday, May 13, 2010

Where: The document is available in two ways:

– Online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/goal3.asp.
(Direct link here)
– In print copy by contacting the MLPA Initiative office (MLPAOffice@resources.ca.gov or 916.654.1885)

How: Submit comments in one of the following ways by May 13, 2010:

1. Email to MLPAComments@resources.ca.gov

Subject: Comments on Goal 3 guidance document

2. Fax to 916.653.8102 (Attention: MLPA Initiative)
3. Postal service to MLPA Initiative
c/o California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814


Additional Details

The California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative has recently assessed the guidance and evaluation methods for addressing Goal 3 of the MLPA in the MLPA North Coast Study Region:

Goal 3: To improve recreational, educational, and study opportunities provided by marine ecosystems that are subject to minimal human disturbance, and to manage these uses in a manner consistent with protecting biodiversity. (California Fish and Game Code, Section 2853)

Staff considered lessons learned from previous study regions in an effort to better align the Goal 3 evaluation with evaluations conducted by two state agencies, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. As a result of this assessment, staff has produced a Goal 3 guidance document (see attached) that outlines the key considerations when designing marine protected areas relative to Goal 3 and the expected evaluation approach. The guidance is not inconsistent with how Goal 3 has been addressed in previous study regions; it describes important elements of Goal 3 and clarifies how to address all the components of the goal in marine protected area planning.

North coast communities and members of the public are invited to review the Goal 3 guidance document and provide feedback. Public comments received by May 13 will be incorporated to the extent possible into a revised version of the guidance document.