Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

A National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council poses for a photo
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA is establishing a sanctuary advisory council for the proposed sanctuary in Lake Ontario to bring members of the local community together to provide advice to NOAA, to serve as a liaison with the nominating community, and to assist in guiding NOAA through the designation process. Council meetings will be open to the public and provide a place where community interests, support, and concerns are heard. For more information about National Marine Sanctuaries Advisory Councils, click here.

Council members will represent a variety of interests, from recreation and tourism to education and research. We are currently seeking applicants for the following seats:

  • Divers/Dive Clubs/ Shipwreck Exploration (2 seats and 2 alternates)
  • Education (2 seats and 2 alternates)
  • Tourism (1 seat and 1 alternate)
  • Economic Development (2 seats and 2 alternates)
  • Recreational fishing (2 seats and 2 alternates)
  • Recreational boating (1 seat and 1 alternate)
  • Shoreline Property Owner (1 seat and 1 alternate)
  • Maritime History and Interpretation (2 seats and 2 alternates)
  • Citizen-At-Large (2 seats and 2 alternates)
A national Marine Sanctuary council meeting
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

Application Process

Candidates are 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 maritime heritage resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year terms.

Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2019.

Before applying, please review the following documents:
Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter
Sanctuary Advisory Council Seat Descriptions
Application Cover Letter

This is a standard application form for national marine sanctuary advisory councils across the National Marine Sanctuary System. Some questions may not apply to every site. Please answer those that you think are relevant to the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary.

Application Form

Submit applications by mail or fax to:
Ellen Brody
Great Lakes Regional Coordinator
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
4840 South State Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Fax: 734-741-2055

*To protect personally identifiable information, applications must be sent by mail or fax

Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: What is a Sanctuary Advisory Council?

ANSWER:
National marine sanctuary advisory councils are community-based, volunteer advisory groups established to provide advice and recommendations to NOAA on issues including management, science, service, and stewardship. This sanctuary advisory council brings members of a diverse community together to provide advice to NOAA, to serve as a liaison with the nominating community, and to assist in guiding the site through the designation process.


QUESTION: How long do sanctuary advisory council members serve?

ANSWER:
Applicants chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve three-year terms. Members are limited to three consecutive three-year terms on the council in the same seat, unless the Director has granted a waiver.


QUESTION: How do I apply for a seat on the sanctuary advisory council?

ANSWER:
Interested parties should submit their Application Form to:
Ellen Brody
Great Lakes Regional Coordinator
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
4840 South State Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Fax: 734-741-2055

Sanctuary advisory council members must be at least 18 years of age. Applications and nominations for each seat are due to NOAA by November 1, 2019.


QUESTION: How are applicants for the sanctuary advisory council chosen?

ANSWER:
Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views regarding the protection and management of maritime heritage resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the site. NOAA seeks to create a SAC that is balanced in terms of points of view represented, geographic diversity, and advisory functions the council will perform. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries director makes the final selection for seats.


QUESTION: What happens to the SAC upon formal designation?

ANSWER:
This charter remains in effect for a period of three years from the date of signature or until the area is either designated as a national marine sanctuary or a decision is made not to designate.

Six months prior to the expiration of the charter, ONMS, with input from council members, will evaluate the need for the council to determine whether to renew the charter. Revisions to the charter may be made once the sanctuary is established or as determined necessary by ONMS with input from the council. Revisions could include updating the makeup of the council, such as changing the type or allocation of seats.