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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, April 6, 2012

NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for eleven seats on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.


The sanctuary is accepting applications for Recreational Fishing member and alternate, Tourism member and alternate, Education member and alternate, Chumash member and alternate, Public at large alternates (2), and Business alternate.

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 marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve two-year terms.

The advisory council consists of 42 voting representatives representing a variety of public interest groups and county, state, and federal agencies.

Applications are due April 20, 2012. For further information please contact council coordinator Michael Murray by e-mail at Michael.murray@noaa.gov or by phone at 805-884-1464. Application kits can be downloaded from the sanctuary’s web site.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1980 to protect marine resources surrounding San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands. The sanctuary spans approximately 1,470 square miles, extending from island shorelines to six miles offshore, and encompasses a rich diversity of marine life, habitats and historical and cultural resources.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and our other social media channels.

On the Web:

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: www.channelislands.noaa.gov

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov

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