California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Master Plan Science Advisory Team (North Central Coast Study Region)

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Map of North Central Coast Marine Protected Areas

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A Science Advisory Team (SAT) has been appointed to help advise the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process. The SAT provides the scientific information and technical judgment which assists the Department of Fish and Game with: (1) meeting the objectives of the MLPA; (2) providing informed recommendations to the Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF); and (3) completing the master plan for marine protected areas (MPAs).

The SAT reviews and comments on scientific papers relevant to the implementation of the MLPA, reviews alternative MPA proposals, reviews master plan documents, responds to scientific issues presented in those documents, and addresses scientific questions raised by the BRTF and stakeholders. Members of the SAT are technical experts in a range of fields including marine ecology, fisheries, the design of marine protected areas, economics, and social sciences.

The following individuals are members of the MLPA Science Advisory Team for the north central coast study region:

  • Sarah Allen, Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Eric P. Bjorkstedt, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
  • Mark Carr, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Chris Costello, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Steven Gaines, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Dominic Gregorio, Ocean Standards Unit, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Caroline Hermans, Western Geographic Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Ray Hilborn, University of Washington
  • John Largier, Bodega Marine Lab, University of California, Davis
  • Gerry McChesney, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Steve Morgan, Bodega Marine Lab, University of California, Davis
  • Karina Nielsen, Department of Biology, Sonoma State University
  • Pete Raimondi, Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust
  • John Ugoretz, Marine Region, California Department of Fish and Game
  • Carl Walters, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia

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