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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking applicants to fill three seats on its sanctuary advisory council.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for one voting-member seat representing business/industry, and non-voting alternates representing business/industry and education, respectively.

Members and alternates may serve two or three-year terms, depending on the seat. The council meets four times a year, in daytime public sessions at sites located between the south shore and north shore in the Boston region. Applicants are chosen based upon their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying. Considerations include community and professional affiliations, philosophy regarding the conservation and management of marine resources, and the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary.

Sanctuary advisory council applications are available at the sanctuary Web site, or can be obtained by calling Ruthetta Halbower at (781) 545-8026. Ext. 201 or fax at (781) 545-8036. Completed sanctuary advisory council member application packages must be received by close of business on December 15, 2005 at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary office, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in 2001 to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the council’s 15 voting members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus six local, state and federal government 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 5-year management plan.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life including marine mammals, more than 30 species of seabirds, over 100 species of fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is part of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and one coral reef ecosystem reserve that together encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes marine and cultural resources. The system is managed by the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program, which seeks to increase public awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs.

The National Ocean Service manages the sanctuary program, and balances environmental protection with economic prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

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