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Feb. 20, 2009

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Scott Kathey
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David Hall
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NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council Position

NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one alternate seat representing tourism on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides community advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

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 views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. The applicant chosen to fill the alternate tourism seat should expect to serve from April 2009 until February 2011. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.

The advisory council meets every two months in daytime public sessions held in varying locations along the coast bordering the sanctuary. The applicant chosen should expect to serve one year and 10 months, completing the remainder of an active three-year term.

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, sanctuary advisory council coordinator, at 831-647-4206 or by e-mail at nicole.capps@noaa.gov. Completed applications must be submitted to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940 by close of business Friday, April 3, 2009.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in March 1994 to ensure continued public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The council’s 20 voting members represent a variety of local user groups, the public and six local and state governmental jurisdictions. Since its establishment, the council has played a vital role in advising the sanctuary and NOAA on critical issues.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of the central California coast and encompasses more than 6,000 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.

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