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The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, part of the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is seeking two volunteer advisors to serve as business representative and tourism representative on the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC) for three-year terms.
The volunteer representatives provide counsel and recommendations to the sanctuary manager on issues of marine resource protection, education and research. The advisory council plays an important role in advising the sanctuary on critical issues, such as the establishment of marine reserves and the development of a new sanctuary management plan. The sanctuary is seeking applicants with the following experience:
Candidates must apply no later than January 10, 2003. Application materials and additional information is available online or call (805) 884-1469. Completed applications should be mailed to: Advisory Council Coordinator, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.
The Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in 1998, and consists of 20 voting members and 21 alternates who represent a variety of local user groups, the general public, and 10 local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. The group typically meets every other month in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Council members are appointed for three-year terms.
NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is located approximately five miles off the coast of Oxnard, Calif., and 17 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara. The sanctuary encompasses approximately 1,252 square nautical miles of ocean and nearshore-habitat surrounding San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands. This protected marine area provides refuge for 28 species of marine mammals and over 60 species of seabirds.
The sanctuary contains a variety of habitats including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, kelp forests, seagrass meadows, open ocean, and deep hard and soft bottom benthic communities that are home to an incredibly diverse array of plant and animal species. CINMS has an abundance of historical and cultural resources, including over 200 documented shipwrecks and numerous Chumash Native American sites and artifacts. Designated in September 1980, the CIMNS is the nation’s fourth largest marine sanctuary and is administered under NOAA.
Thirteen NOAA national marine sanctuaries protect some 18,618 square miles of ocean and coasts. The system's first sanctuary on the Great Lakes in Thunder Bay, Michigan, was designation in 1999. Currently, the National Marine Sanctuary Program is considering sanctuary designation for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve, an area that is home to more than 7,000 marine species, half of which are unique to the Hawaiian Island chain.
NOAA National Ocean Service (NOAA Ocean Service) manages the National Marine Sanctuary Program and is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving, and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. NOAA Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats, and mitigating coastal hazards. NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program seeks to increase the public awareness of America’s maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs.
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