members of the Pre-Designation Sanctuary Advisory Council poses for a photo
Pre-Designation Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA established 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. The advisory council's 15 voting members represent a variety of interests, from recreation and tourism to education and research. The state and local governments have eight representatives as non-voting members.

Upon designation of Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA will establish a new Sanctuary Advisory Council to provide advice and guidance to NOAA on the management of the site. Stay tuned for more information about how to apply to be a member of the new council!

members of the Pre-Designation advisory council attend a meeting
Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council informal gathering

Council Recruitment

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.

Currently, there are no vacant seats or positions on the council. Please check back for future vacancies.

For more information about the Office of National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils, please visit

Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council actively recruits for new members and alternates when positions are available. Check our website frequently for updates on how you can help manage your underwater treasures! We also welcome your participation at future council meetings!

For more information on the advisory council please contact


Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter

Sanctuary Advisory Council Seat Descriptions

Application Cover Letter

Application Form

Youth 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