William Douros Regional Director NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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1 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration This presentation is/will be presented in Morro Bay on January 6, Please be sure to view this in conjunction with the public meeting, or view simultaneously with the video recording via the Morro Bay website/youtube Channel. William Douros Regional Director NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries January 6, 2016

2 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Sanctuaries and the Sanctuary Nomination/Designation Process William Douros Regional Director NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries January 6, 2016

3 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration A Summary of the Process for Sanctuary Nomination/Designation An Overview About What are National Marine Sanctuaries A Reflection on Values

4 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

5 Area Proposed for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

6 San Luis Obispo and National Marine Sanctuaries Since 1992, SLO county has had a national marine sanctuary - MBNMS includes portion of northern SLO coast Scoping process for CINMS Management Plan Review (2000) and MBNMS (2001) included public comments asking for, and opposing, expansion to include more of SLO coast Proposed Morro Bay-Central California National Marine Sanctuary Originally proposed just Morro Bay, USFWS, 1977 (not accepted by NOAA) Re-proposed by Experts Panel, 1983 accepted and added to SEL Expanded to included offshore waters at request of SLO County Board, 1991

7 Previously Proposed Morro Bay Sanctuary Supporters Included: Cities of Morro Bay, Grover City, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Pismo Beach, Paso Robles Counties of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Pacific Fishery Management Council Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Friends of Morro Bay

8 Progression of Nomination Processes, Designations and Expansions 1970 National Marine Sanctuaries Act (1972) Monitor (1975) List of Recommended Areas Channel Islands (1980) Site Evaluation List (1983) Fagatele Bay (1986) Flower Garden Banks & Monterey Bay (1992) Stellwagen Bank & Humpback Whale (1992) SEL Deactivated (1995) Papahānaumokuākea (2006) Florida Keys Expansion (2001) Channel Islands Expansion (2007) Sanctuary Nomination Process (2014) American Samoa Expansion (2012) Key Largo (1976) Cordell Bank (1989) Olympic Coast (1994) Flower Garden Banks Expansion (1996) Monterey Bay Expansion (2009) Thunder Bay Expansion (2014) Greater Farallones (2015) Cordell Bank (2015) Expansions Gulf of the Farallones, Gray s Reef, Looe Key (1981) Florida Keys (1990) Includes Key Largo and Looe Key Thunder Bay (2000) Designated by NOAA Designated by Congress Marine National Monument

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10 Status of Nominations To Date Undergoing Designation Process Mallows Bay, Potomac River (Maryland) Lake Michigan Wisconsin (Wisconsin) In Inventory of Candidate Sites Chumash Heritage (California) Declined by NOAA Nomination Under Review Aleutian Islands (Alaska) Lake Erie Quadrangle (Penns.) Eubalaena Oculina (Florida)

11 Many Steps and Opportunity for Public Involvement in Designation Process Public Scoping Process App 60 days for public to comment App. 90 days for NOAA to assess comments Preparation of Key Proposed Documents Public consultation and meetings to assess options Inter-agency consultations App month period Management Plan, Proposed Rule (w/regulations), EIS Public Review App. 90 days for review Would include public hearings. continued

12 Public Involvement in Designation Process (continued) Preparation of Key Final Documents App month period Final agency consultations Respond to public comments Produce Final Management Plan, Proposed Rule (w/regulations), EIS Congress has opportunity to review Governor also reviews to concur or object for state waters portions Key issues decided regulations, non-regulatory plans, seats for advisory council, location of office, boundaries for sanctuary, various programs, etc Overall Process Takes app. 2 to 2-1/2 years

13 What are National Marine Sanctuaries? Areas of the marine environment with special conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, cultural, archaeological, or esthetic qualities National Marine Sanctuaries Act (Sec. 301) Raising public awareness and understanding through education and outreach Improving management through research (e.g., historical, conservation science, social science) Helping coastal economies by promoting and protecting healthy resources Facilitating public use compatible with resource protection

14 National Marine Sanctuaries Conserve Multiple Species, Habitats and Services Protection of diverse habitats seafloor, rocky intertidal, open ocean and their linkages Regulations target broad threats, such as oil/gas development or discharges Consideration of the interdependence of species; biodiversity matters Protection of multiple services and uses Protection of submerged maritime resources and an area s maritime cultural heritage

15 Sanctuaries Carry Out Diverse Programs Resource Protection Maritime Heritage Science Research and Monitoring Education and Outreach Volunteers Water Quality Community Partnerships Harbors and Fishing

16 The Important Focus on Resource Protection Maintain balance between ecology and sustainable uses over time Employ innovative, community based problem solving with a focus on non-regulatory solutions Regulations are customized to meet the needs, features of individual sanctuaries Can issue permits to allow certain activities Enforcement of laws and regulations involves education first Violations enforced as civil penalties

17 Far More Management Effort Goes Into Non-Regulatory Solutions Protecting marine water quality at the watershed level Reducing introduction and spread of non-native species Various programs to protect marine mammals Re-routing shipping traffic with industry support Using docents and signage to protect tidepools Working with cities and businesses to promote tourism

18 Fishing Is Compatible In Sanctuaries NMSA envisions protecting entire ecosystem, including fish; numerous sanctuary programs and regulations benefit fish and fishing Healthy fisheries demonstrate a healthy ecosystem, hence a healthy sanctuary If limits needed, extensive stakeholder/agency consultations take place we seek action by state/fed fishery managers NOAA views NMSA and Magnuson-Stevens as compatible tools to protect ecosystems, allow sustainable fishing Numerous examples of successful collaboration between ONMS and Fishery Councils, and State fishery managers Most Sanctuaries have no fishing regulations

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21 Sanctuary Advisory Councils - Essential Links to Communities 14 Councils; 390 members/alternates Advise site manager and provide a link to public and users Advisory Councils meet regularly; meetings open to the public Self-nominated, selected by NOAA to represent diverse stakeholders (e.g. conservation, business, fishing, science, education, recreation) Government agencies also sit on Advisory Councils

22 Values Shared in Common Healthy natural resources support healthy coastal economies Critical for future generations to be able to enjoy the coast Innovation is a driver! Meaningful connections to the public Engage the public in comprehensive management of coastal places An informed public is an empowered public Communities matter and special places matter

23 Values Shared in Common Healthy natural resources support healthy coastal economies Critical for future generations to be able to enjoy the coast Innovation is a driver! Meaningful connections to the public Engage the public in comprehensive management of coastal places An informed public is an empowered public Communities matter and special places matter

24 Healthy Natural Resources Support Healthy Coastal Economies Healthy ecosystems mean healthy fisheries At each sanctuary, coastal and ocean dependent economies valued at hundreds of millions of dollars depend on healthy sanctuary resources; tens of thousands of jobs (if not hundreds of thousands in some places) Our efforts are customized towards the economic drivers in a region SACs include business and/or tourism and recreation seats; National program has developed Business Advisory Council

25 Innovation is a Driver! Marine spatial planning conducted on the scale of each national marine sanctuary Collaboration with businesses/recreation (e.g. Naturalist Corps on whale watching vessels) Use of social and video media; customized development of apps, mobile tools Science tools such as detailed mapping, autonomous technologies Innovative partnerships (e.g. Community Access TV; Boeing Industries)

26 Connecting to and Engaging Communities to Sanctuaries Comprehensive Management of Coastal Threats and Opportunities Without a sanctuary, interested parties address issues one at a time, agency by agency Working groups advise sanctuary managers/sacs Integrate ecosystem management with marine spatial planning Sanctuary Advisory Councils an organizing hub for input, information sharing Maritime Heritage / Maritime Cultural Landscapes Educational programming, at schools and with partners Citizen science to genuinely inform resource management decisions Special events, oceans fairs, harbor festivals Special initiatives to connect with diverse cultures Visitor centers, exhibits, signage Volunteering

27 Do SLO s Coastal Communities Share These Values? Healthy natural resources support healthy coastal economies Critical for future generations to be able to enjoy the coast Innovation is a driver! Meaningful connections to the public Engage the public in comprehensive management of coastal places An informed public is an empowered public Communities matter and special places matter

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