May 28, 2014
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Advisory Council to meet in Wanchese
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the
sanctuary advisory council on Thursday, June 5, from 10 a.m. until 3:30
p.m. at the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute, 850
N.C. 345, Room 262, in Wanchese.
The meeting will include a
presentation from the expansion working group about its recommendations
for potential expansion alternatives for the sanctuary. The
presentation will start at 10 a.m. with a public comment period from
The expansion working group is comprised of
individuals representing various stakeholder groups including local
business leaders, historians, tourism representatives, and diving and
fishing interests. Their objective is to develop potential options for
boundary expansion of the sanctuary which they will present to the full
council for further discussion and analysis.
is encouraged. For those who are not able to attend in person, a
conference call-in number can be found on the MNMS homepage, http://monitor.noaa.gov.
The meeting agenda can be downloaded from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website, http://monitor.noaa.gov. For further information, please contact Shannon Ricles by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 757-591-7328.
Monitor sanctuary advisory council was established in 2005 to assure
continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The
volunteer council represents a variety of local user groups, the
general public, and state and federal governmental jurisdictions. The
council's role is to provide advice to the sanctuary superintendent on
cultural resource protection, critical issues involving sanctuary use
or resources, sanctuary research objectives, and education and outreach
Managed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine
Sanctuaries, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1975
to protect the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which
sank during a storm 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in 1862.