May 6, 2016
Monitor Marine Sanctuary seeks to
fill eight seats on advisory council
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for the primary
community member seats of maritime archaeological research,
conservation, recreational diving (two seats), heritage tourism, ocean
sports, recreational/commercial fishing, and citizen-at-large on its
The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.
“The members of our advisory council represent an extremely important
element of our community,” said David Alberg, sanctuary superintendent.
“Their input, experience and expertise assist the sanctuary in making
informed and timely decisions on how to best manage our underwater
heritage and resources.”
The advisory council consists of 21 members and nine alternates,
representing a variety of local user groups, the general public, as
well as local, state and federal government entities. Council
representatives meet three to four times each year in half to full-day
public sessions at various locations on the Outer Banks of North
Carolina and in Newport News, Va.
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 a two-year term.
Applications are due Tuesday, May 31. Application kits can be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website at http://monitor.noaa.gov/advisory/news.html.
To receive an application kit, or for further information, please
contact Will Sassorossi, Sanctuary Advisory Council coordinator, via
e-mail at [email protected]; by phone at (757) 591-7329; or by mail at 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606-3759.
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary became the nation’s first marine
sanctuary in 1975, protecting the wreck of the famed Civil War
ironclad, USS Monitor, best known for its battle with the Confederate
ironclad CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 9, 1862.
For more information, go to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website at http://monitor.noaa.gov
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