Tribes to Join in North Coast Monitoring

Dec 17, 2013
Smith River Rancheria

  Tribal governments on the far north coast, for the first time, will join with scientists, fishermen, and citizen volunteers,  to develop a baseline of ocean conditions to monitor the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs), thanks to a new ground of state grants. Lori Abbott reports.

They’re huge, prodigious divers, and familiar visitors to parts of the northern California coast. Yet Elephant Seals are also calm and approachable for scientists who are gradually coming to understand the massive mammals.

Elephant seals are so named for the males’ large proboscis, as well as their overall size. And it is the inner workings of that prominent nose, explains Dr. Bob Rubin, that enables the creatures to remain ashore, awaiting their mating season, for up to three months, without eating or even drinking water for that entire time.

Kelly-Yamamoto films

The thousands of acres of open space and shoreline now protected and accessible to the public might not be there but for the efforts of a handful of visionary conservationists just few generations ago. A new documentary by a couple of North Bay film-makers  tells their story. Bruce Robinson has theirs.

See below for upcoming screening dates, and a map showing the footprint of the proposed Marincello development.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

 Two more public hearings on plans to expand existing marine sanctuaries north from Bodega Head to Point Area are being held  Feb. 12 ands 13. They are a key step toward a permanent ban on oil exploration and drilling along the North Coast.

In addition to the two public hearings this week (details below),  NOAA is also taking comments online here through the end of February.

The remaining meeting schedule is as follows: