NOAA is establishing a sanctuary advisory council for the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. The advisory council will bring members of the local community together to provide advice to NOAA and help guide sanctuary management. Council members also act as liaisons to their communities, building a strong connection between the sanctuary and stakeholders.

More information about National Marine Sanctuaries Advisory Councils

The Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast Sanctuary Advisory Council's 15 voting members will represent a variety of interests, from recreation and tourism to education and research. The membership is designed to balance points of view represented, geographic diversity, and advisory functions the council will perform. An alternate for each seat will also be selected.

Council meetings are open to the public and provide a place where community interests, support, and concerns are heard. Recruitment for members occurs as seats become available.

Voting Seats

  • Citizen-at-Large: 3 Seats
  • Diving/Dive Clubs/Archaeology: 2 Seats
  • History, Heritage, and Public Interpretation: 2 Seats
  • Education (K-12): 1 Seat
  • Education (Higher Education): 1 Seat
  • Tourism and Marketing: 2 Seats
  • Economic Development: 1 Seat
  • Fishing (recreational, charter and/or commercial): 1 Seat
  • Recreation: 1 Seat
  • Maritime Industry: 1 Seat

Non Voting Seats

By virtue of jurisdictions adjacent to the sanctuary, each of the following government entities will designate one individual to serve on the council. The following government agencies will sit on the council as non-voting members:

  • Ozaukee County
  • Sheboygan County
  • Manitowoc County
  • Kewaunee County
  • City of Port Washington
  • City of Sheboygan
  • City of Manitowoc
  • City of Two Rivers
  • United States Coast Guard

Additionally, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries welcomes the participation of interested American Indian Nations and Tribes on the council. This can be initiated by contacting the sanctuary superintendent. Participation on the council does not take the place of government-to-government consultation nor does it serve as the only opportunity for engagement between NOAA and Native American Nations and Tribes.

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 three-year terms.

NOAA is seeking members for all seats on the advisory council.  Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2022.

For more information about the Office of National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils, please visit sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/ac/.

For more information on the advisory council please contact russ.green@noaa.gov

Materials

Submit applications by mail or fax to:

Russ Green
Superintendent, Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary
UW Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
One University Drive
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Fax: 989-354-0144

Applications may also be submitted by email to russ.green@noaa.gov.

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 two or three-year terms based on the seat (seats are staggered to avoid having to recruit a full slate of new members). Members are limited to three consecutive terms on the council in the same seat, unless the ONMS Director has granted a waiver.

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

ANSWER: Interested parties should submit written statements of particular interest, qualifications, and experience related to the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Please go to the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary website for application materials and further information. Sanctuary advisory council members must be at least 18 years of age. Applications  for each seat are due to NOAA by October 1, 2022.

QUESTION: How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a specific seat?

ANSWER: The seat descriptions are included in the charter and are described.

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 marine or Great Lakes resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the site. NOAA seeks to create a Sanctuary Advisory Council 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: Under what authority is NOAA undertaking this action?

ANSWER: Section 315 of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA; 16 U.S.C. § 1431 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to establish sanctuary advisory councils to provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce regarding the designation and management of national marine sanctuaries.  This authority has been delegated to the Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS). The director hereby establishes the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council.