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June 12, 2007

CONTACT:
Nicole Capps
Monterey Bay NMS
(831) 647-4206
Scott Kathey
Monterey Bay NMS
(831) 647-4251

NOAA'S MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR
ADVISORY COUNCIL

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking to fill one primary seat and two alternates on its advisory council, which represents the public’s interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

Sanctuary staff are currently accepting applications for a primary seat and one alternate representing business and industry on the advisory council, as well as one alternate seat representing recreational fishing. Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in March 1994 to ensure continued public participation in the management of the sanctuary. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the council’s 20 voting members represent a variety of local user groups, the public, and seven local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.

“Since its establishment, the council has played a vital role in advising sanctuary leadership and NOAA on critical issues, and recently it has been instrumental in the development of the sanctuary’s new management plan,” said Paul Michel, Monterey Bay sanctuary superintendent.

The advisory council meets every two months in daytime public sessions held in various locations along the coast bordering the sanctuary. Applicants who are selected to serve on the advisory council will begin their terms in August 2007. Each seat will serve a term of three years. 

Sanctuary advisory council member application packages are available on the sanctuary’s Web site, http://montereybay.noaa.gov, or can be obtained by contacting Nicole Capps at (831) 647-4206 or nicole.capps@noaa.gov. Completed applications must be submitted to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 299 Foam St., Monterey, CA 93940 by close of business on Friday, July 6, 2007.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of central California coast and encompasses more than 5,300 square miles of ocean area. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, including 33 species of marine mammals, 94 species of seabirds, 345 species of fishes and thousands of marine invertebrates and plants.

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program, which manages the Monterey Bay sanctuary, seeks to increase the public awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument that together encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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