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Working Groups & Subcommittees

Several Working Groups, Subcommittees and Ad Hoc Groups have been established by the Sanctuary Advisory Council to address specific issues or topics that require focused attention and/or are best handled in smaller group settings. To view a chart of these sub-groups of the SAC, click here.


WORKING GROUPS

Working Groups are composed of SAC members and persons outside the Council. All Working Groups are chaired by a member of the Council and function under the purview of the SAC. A number of standing Working Groups have been formed to provide the Council with ongoing input on such areas as education, fishing, conservation issues, port and harbor interests, and military activities. In addition, task-specific Working Groups are occasionally established by the Council to address specific issues, and then are disbanded once final advice is submitted to the SAC.

As with all SAC meetings, Working Group meetings are open to the public, and participation is welcomed. The list below provides e-mail links to Advisory Council and Sanctuary staff contacts for each Working Group. To inquire about a particular Working Group, contact the appropriate persons listed below.


Research Activities Panel (RAP)

Summary of Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of the RAP will be to review research priorities related to management of the Sanctuary, to promote, encourage and review research projects in the Sanctuary, and to provide scientific advice to the Sanctuary Advisory Council. In addition the RAP will assist Sanctuary management with the organization and dissemination of information about research activities within the Sanctuary and provide a mechanism for facilitating the integration of marine research and policy.

Chair: Dr. Robert Warner
Meetings and additional information


Conservation Working Group

Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council on Sanctuary-related issues of concern or interest to the conservation community.

Chair: Kristi Birney
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray
Member List:click here
Meetings and additional information


Commercial Fishing Working Group

Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council regarding commercial fishing-related issues at the Channel Islands.

Chair: Bruce Steele
Sanctuary staff liaison: Sean Hastings
Meetings and additional information


Recreational Fishing Working Group

Purpose:
To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council regarding recreational fishing-related issues at the Channel Islands.

Chair: Captain David Bacon
Sanctuary staff liaison: Sean Hastings
Meetings and additional information


Chumash Community Working Group

Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council concerning Chumash Community-related issues, activities or interests at or near the Channel Islands.

Chair: Luhui Isha
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray
Meetings and additional information


Sanctuary Education Team (SET)

Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) on marine educational issues related to the Sanctuary; to recommend a suite of education strategies, programs and products to support marine reserves (existing or potentially new) at the Channel Islands.

Chair: Maria Petueli
Sanctuary staff liaison: Julie Bursek
Laura Francis
Meetings and additional information


SUBCOMMITTEES AND AD HOC GROUPS

SAC Subcommittees and Ad Hoc Groups are formed occasionally to address short-term tasks or issues. The SAC utilizes subcommittees and ad hoc groups to organize members into small working units based on shared interests or expertise, or simply given a need to work more efficiently in a smaller group setting. Subcommittees and Ad Hoc groups are composed only of SAC members or alternates. For more information, contact the individuals listed below.


Marketing Subcommittee

Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council (in 2013) that will help enhance the visibility and marketability of the sanctuary and contribute to the sustainability of sanctuary programs.

Chair: To be determined.
Sanctuary staff liaison: Mike Murray
Meetings and additional information


FORMER SAC SUBGROUPS (inactive or disbanded)

Marine Shipping Working Group

Status: Disbanded
Purpose: The working group aims to bring together stakeholders, agencies, experts, and industry representatives to develop recommendations on: reducing the risk of ship strikes on endangered whales; decreasing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions; improving navigational safety and promoting efficient maritime shipping throughout the region; and reducing conflicts with other ocean users (e.g. naval operations).

Co-Chairs: Kristi Birney and Phyllis Grifman
Staff Liaison: Sean Hastings
Meetings and additional information


Subcommittee on Large Cetaceans and Shipping

Status: Inactive
Task: With regard to the possibility of large ships striking blue whales within the Santa Barbara Channel region, the Subcommittee will make short term (2008) recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council on precautionary steps and emergency response actions that agencies and other parties can take. The Subcommittee will also discuss and detail expectations and roles of a future potential working group to address longer-term solutions to reducing ship strikes.

Former Members:
Dianne Black
Linda Krop
Dr. Robert Warner
Russell Galipeau
LTJG Brittany Steward
Elizabeth Petras
Capt. Manfred H.K. (Manny) Aschemeyer
Steven Schwartz
Sanctuary staff liaison: Sean Hastings
Click here for more information.


Military Working Group

Status: Inactive
Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council concerning military-related issues, activities or interests at or near the Channel Islands.

Chair: Steven Schwartz
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray
Meetings and additional information


Ports and Harbors Working Group

Status: Inactive
Purpose: To advise and make recommendations to the Sanctuary Advisory Council regarding the Sanctuary-related interests of local ports and harbors.

Chair: Lyn Krieger
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray
Meetings and additional information


Water Quality Subcommittee

Status: Disbanded
Tasks: 1) to synthesize and provide to the SAC information about water quality programs, organizations and issues along the Santa Barbara and Ventura County coasts, the Santa Barbara channel, and the Channel Islands; 2) to provide advice on how the SAC should proceed with regard to developing a recommendation on how CINMS should address water quality threats to sanctuary resources.

Chair: Greg Helms
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray


Ad Hoc Group on Socio-Economic Monitoring of Marine Reserves

Status: Disbanded
Task: Working closely with NOAA economists, to provide advice on how the SAC and CINMS should proceed with regard to developing a socio-economic monitoring program for (yet to be established) marine reserves at the Channel Islands.

Chair: Lyn Krieger
Sanctuary staff liaison: Sean Hastings


Ad Hoc Group on Enforcement of Marine Reserves

Status: Disbanded
Tasks: 1) To consult with law enforcement agency representatives to offer advice on how plans for the enforcement of marine reserves (yet to be established) at the Channel Islands can be made effective and responsive to user group concerns; 2) to work through the SAC to bring draft enforcement planning ideas to the public for review and give the community an opportunity to provide additional input.

Chair: Robert Duncan
Sanctuary staff liaison: Michael Murray


Marine Reserves Working Group (MRWG)

In session from: August 1999 - May 2001
Former Co-chair: Patty Wolf
Former staff liaison: Sean Hastings
For more information


Science Advisory Panel on Marine Reserves

In session from: August 1999 – May 2001
Former Chair: Dr. Matthew Cahn
Former staff liaison: Dr. Satie Airame
For more information


Ad-Hoc Group on Biological Monitoring of Marine Reserve

In session from: January 2002 – May 2002
Former Chair: Dr. Robert Warner
Former staff liaison: Michael Murray


 

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