California Department of Fish and Wildlife

North Coast Project and North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group

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The MLPA declares the need to reexamine and redesign California's MPAs to increase their coherence and effectiveness at protecting the state's marine life, habitat, and ecosystems. To help achieve this goal, the MLPA Initiative was created to help the state redesign its MPAs on a regional basis. The MLPA North Coast Study Region (California/Oregon border to Alder Creek near Point Arena in Mendocino County) includes various individuals, organizations and MLPA groups that contribute to the process, including a regional stakeholder group.

The MLPA North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group (NCRSG) provides a forum for:

  • Providing local expertise and knowledge of the north coast study region for refining a regional profile and informing the MLPA planning process,
  • Evaluating existing marine protected areas within the north coast study region with relation to the goals of the MLPA,
  • Developing alternative proposals for marine protected areas within the north coast study region that meet the requirements of the MLPA,
  • Conducting outreach to constituent groups for involvement in the MLPA North Coast Project,
  • Identifying potential speakers to present regional stakeholder group recommendations and commentary at MLPA public meetings, and
  • Striving for a high degree of cross-interest involvement and support in crafting marine protected area proposals.

To achieve these and other goals in a collaborative manner, the regional stakeholder group works with a facilitation team, a science advisory team, and staff from the MLPA Initiative, California Department of Fish and Game, and California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Members of the North Coast Regional Stakeholder Group

Revised April 29, 2010
  • James Bassler, member, Salmon Trollers Marketing Association
  • Bruce Campbell, Manager, Albion River Campground
  • Steve Chaney, Superintendent, Redwood National Park
  • Russ Crabtree, Tribal Administrator, Smith River Rancheria
  • Greg Dale, Southwest Operations Manager, Coast Seafood Company
  • John Dixon, Ecologist, California Coastal Commission
  • Henry "Ben" Doane, board member, Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers and Klamath Management Zone Fisheries Coalition
  • Brandi Easter, recreational diver
  • Don Gillespie, retired teacher and board member, Friends of Del Norte and Smith River Alliance
  • Benjamin Henthorne, Environmental Coordinator, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
  • Jacque Hostler, Chief Executive Officer, Trinidad Rancheria
  • Robert Jamgochian, educator, Mendocino High School, School of Natural Resources
  • Dave Jensen, President, Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
  • Tim Klassen, Owner, Reel Steel Sportfishing
  • Larry Knowles, Member, Seaweed Stewardship Alliance
  • Zack Larson, Consultant, Zack Larson and Associates and Chair, Del Norte County Fish and Game Advisory Commission
  • William Lemos, retired teacher and consultant, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Kevin McGrath, member, Shelter Cove Fisherman's Alliance and Recreational Fishing Alliance
  • Kevin McKernan, member, Del Norte County Fish and Game Advisory Commission
  • Aaron Newman, President, Humboldt Fisherman's Marketing Association
  • Pete Nichols, Executive Director, Humboldt Baykeeper
  • Charlie Notthoff, Owner, Nothoff Underwater Service
  • Megan Rocha, Assistant Self Governance Officer, Yurok Tribe
  • Jennifer Savage, North Coast Program Coordinator, The Ocean Conservancy
  • Valerie Stanley, representative, Noyo River Indian Community
  • Atta Stevenson, member, California Indian Heritage Council
  • Thomas Trumper, Owner/diver, Pacific Rim Seafood
  • Adam Wagschal, Conservation Director, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
  • Rob Wakefield, member, Del Norte Fisherman's Marketing Association
  • Reweti Wiki, Chief Governmental Officer, Elk Valley Rancheria
  • Harold "Skip" Wollenberg, consulting geologist
  • David Wright, member, NorCal Kayak Anglers and Liaison, Mendocino Ocean Community Alliance
  • Richard Young, Chief Executive Officer and Harbormaster, Crescent City Harbor District