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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, February 26, 2015

Applicants Sought for NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Positions: March 31 Deadline for Receipt of Applications

NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for 12 seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the following positions: business (member and alternate); non-consumptive recreation (member and alternate); commercial fishing (member and alternate); research (member and alternate); conservation (member and alternate); public at-large members (two members).

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. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a two-year term.

The advisory council consists of 21 voting representatives and 21 alternates, representing the general public, a variety of public interest groups and county, state and federal agencies. All council member seats are unpaid, volunteer positions.

Applications are due March 31. All applicants must fill out the current application form and attach a separate statement addressing the nine items listed in the form. Application kits can be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website. For further information, please contact Michael Murray by email at michael.murray@noaa.gov, or by phone at 805-893-6418.

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.

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