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California MLPA Initiative
Blue Ribbon Task Force

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(revised November 8, 2007)

Monday, November 19, 2007
9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
8:30 a.m.

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel*
1010 Northgate Drive
San Rafael, California

* This facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact California Relay Service (at least two days prior to the meeting) at 800.735.2929 (TT) or 800.735.2922 (voice) and ask them to contact the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative at 916.653.5656.

Members of the public are invited to view or listen to the meeting via simultaneous webcasting on the Internet. Please visit the MLPA website at for more information.

Public participation: The public will be invited by the chair at several points in the meeting to offer comments on agenda items. General comments on the MLPA Initiative and the work of the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force, not directed to specific agenda items, will be taken Monday at approximately 9:40 a.m. Speaker cards will be requested and may be found at the entrance to the room.

Briefing documents and meeting presentations/handouts: Please note that task force briefing documents are listed at the bottom of the agenda as either attachments (received in advance of the meeting) or handouts (received on the day of the meeting).

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Meeting Objectives


Meeting Agenda: Tuesday, November 20

Note: the task force will break for lunch at approximately 12:00 noon

6. MLPA North Central Coast Study Region (continued from Monday): 8:30 a.m. 

g. California Department of Fish and Game feasibility analysis

Susan Ashcraft

Return to Discussion Public Comment

h. Discussion of ideas, suggestions and feedback on the draft options for MPA arrays and draft external MPA proposals 

7. Planning and Resources

Update on MLPA Initiative staffing and budget, and planning for future study regions

Ken Wiseman, Executive Director, MLPA Initiative


Informational Items


8. MLPA Statewide Interests Group

Public Comment Action

Update on appointments to the MLPA Statewide Interests Group

Mellisa Miller-Hanson

9. MLPA Central Coast Study Region and Master Plan for MPAs

a. Update on implementing the central coast MPAs and ways in which the MLPA Initiative could be used of further assistance

b. Update on revising the California MLPA Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas

Susan Ashcraft

10. Adjourn