California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Master Plan Science Advisory Team (Central Coast Study Region)


The MLPA directs the Department of Fish and Game to appoint a master plan team to advise and assist in the preparation of the Master Plan. The statute identifies the composition of the master plan team, but also allows for the contribution of other experts to the Master Plan development process.

Due to the complexities presented by the task of drafting a Master Plan, the MLPA Initiative has enhanced the scientific expertise required by the MLPA by adding to the master plan team. The additional members include a broader array of expertise and include both biological and social and economic scientists. In addition, because the policy considerations of the Master Plan will be addressed by the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Initiative is focusing the charge of the master plan team to the scientific considerations involved in drafting the programmatic portion of the Master Plan and designing networks of marine protected areas. The master plan team is therefore renamed the Master Plan Science Advisory Team (Science Team) to reflect this enhanced expertise and scientific focus.


The charge to the Science Team is to provide the scientific knowledge and judgment necessary to assist the Blue Ribbon Task Force with meeting the objectives of the Initiative. Principally, the Science Team is charged with assisting the Blue Ribbon Task Force in developing a draft Master Plan Framework by reviewing and commenting on scientific papers, reviewing draft Master Plan documents, and addressing scientific issues presented by those documents. In the course of developing recommendations for the draft Master Plan, members shall refrain from making policy judgments; rather, where available science presents either options or uncertainty, the Science Team shall frame and refer those policy questions to the Blue Ribbon Task Force.

The Science Team will be supported by the Senior MLPA Project Manager and the Department of Fish and Game's Statewide Technical Advisor.

The Science Team will convene regular, open meetings that may be attended by interested members of the public. The Science Team reports to the Director of the Department of Fish and Game and the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and will report its findings and recommendations to the Task Force at the Task Force's regular, open meetings. The Chair may convene sub-teams of the members as necessary to address specific scientific issues. A sub-team of the Science Team will also serve the Central Coast MLPA Project. Each sub-team will report the results of its work to the full Science Team at the Science Team open meetings.


The MLPA requires staff from the Department of Fish and Game, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the State Water Resources Control Board be appointed to the team. In addition it requires one member appointed from a list provided by Sea Grant, and five to seven scientists, one of whom may have expertise in economics and culture of California coastal communities.

The new Science Team includes those members identified in statute and additional scientists knowledgeable in marine ecology, fisheries science, marine protected areas, economics and the social sciences. The Director of the Department has appointed the members of the Science Team in consultation with the Secretary for Resources, the Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, and the President of the Fish and Game Commission.


(updated July 25, 2005)

Dr. Steve Barrager (chair), Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law School

Dr. Loo Botsford, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis

* Dr. Mark Carr, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

* Dr. Steven Gaines, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara

* Dr. Doyle Hanan, Hanan and Associates

* Dr. Rikk Kvitek, Institute for Earth Systems Science and Policy, California State University, Monterey Bay

Dr. Steven Murray, Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Jeff Paduan, Naval Postgraduate School

* Dr. Steve Palumbi, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University

* Dr. Linwood Pendleton, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health

Dave Schaub, Natural Heritage Section, California Department of Parks and Recreation

Kenneth Schiff, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Susan Schlosser, University Extension, California Sea Grant Program

Dr. Astrid Scholz, Ecotrust

* Dr. Rick Starr, University Extension, California Sea Grant Program

Dr. William Sydeman, PRBO Conservation Science

* Dr. Dean Wendt, Center for Coastal Marine Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

* Mary Yoklavich, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

* denotes a member of the Central Coast Science Sub-Team