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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, July 10, 2015

Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

What: The public is invited to attend a meeting of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC). Highlights include discussions on invasive algae research, the Refugio oil spill, shark tagging research, and NOAA reports on economic impacts of recreational fishing.

When: Friday, July 17, 2015 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Channel Islands Boating Center (3880 Bluefin Circle, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA, 93035)

Who: The Sanctuary Advisory Council (21 members representing the interests of commercial fishing, recreational fishing, non-consumptive recreation, tourism, business, research, education, conservation, Chumash community, public at-large, and 10 government agencies); Sanctuary Superintendent Chris Mobley; Lindsay Marks (UCSB Marine Science Institute); NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Chief Economist Bob Leeworthy; and Jordan Stout (NOAA Emergency Response Division).

Draft Meeting Agenda (subject to possible change – check http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/meeting_announcements.html before the meeting):
9:30 am Administrative Business and Announcements, Superintendent’s Report, Council Member Announcements
10:30 am Economic Impact of Recreational Fisheries in California’s National Marine Sanctuaries
11:15 am Public Comment
11:30 am Shark Tagging in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
12:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Invasive Algae, Sargassum horneri, in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
1:30 pm Refugio Oil Spill
2:30 pm Public Comment
2:45 pm Working Group Reports
3:25 pm Meeting Close-out and Adjourn

For more information about the Sanctuary Advisory Council and this meeting, please visit http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) 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, encompassing a rich diversity of marine life and habitats, as well as rich historic and contemporary cultural resources. The Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice to the sanctuary Superintendent in addition to serving as a forum for consultation and deliberation for the community, assuring public input to management decision-making, and helping expand public awareness about the sanctuary and its resources. Regular public meetings are held in Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Ventura counties every two months. For additional information, visit channelislands.noaa.gov and facebook.com/ChannelIslandsNMS.

Contact

Sanctuary Advisory Council, http://channelislands.noaa.gov/sac/welcome.html

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