NOAA 2004-R465
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary recently added primary and alternate recreational fishing seats to the Sanctuary’s Advisory Council and is seeking applicants to fill the positions. The candidates selected should expect to serve until February 2007. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Applicants should be active recreational fishermen familiar with fishing issues within the sanctuary region and should be able to effectively communicate and conduct outreach within the broader recreational fishing community consistent with the role of the Sanctuary Advisory Council. Those selected will have an understanding of the links between the recreational fishing community and the sanctuary, and have a demonstrated interest in helping the sanctuary achieve its environmental stewardship goals.

Sanctuary Advisory Council member application packages are available at the sanctuary Web site:, or can be obtained at (831) 647-4206. Completed applications must be submitted to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 299 Foam Street, Monterey, Calif. 93940, by close of business
Aug. 20.

The council recommended the addition of a recreational fishing seat after considering input from a subcommittee established to evaluate council membership and at the urging of recreational fishers. The director of the National Marine Sanctuary Program recently approved the amendment of the advisory council’s charter to incorporate the recreational fishing seat.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in March 1994 to assure continued public participation in the management of the sanctuary. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the council’s 20 voting members represent a variety of local user groups, the public and seven local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. Since its establishment, the council has played a vital role in advising the sanctuary and NOAA on critical issues and is currently focused on the sanctuary’s development of a new management plan. The council meets bi-monthly in public sessions held at various locations near the 276-mile coastal boundary of the sanctuary.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of central California coast and encompasses more than 5,300 square miles of ocean area. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, including 33 species of marine mammals, 94 species of seabirds, 345 species of fishes and thousands of marine invertebrates and plants.

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. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine sanctuaries and one coral reef ecosystem reserve that encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.

NOAA’s National Ocean Service manages the National Marine Sanctuary Program and is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring the nation’s coasts and oceans. NOAA’s 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 is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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