Volunteers sought for marine sanctuary advisory council

ktanner@thetribunenews.comDecember 3, 2013 

The advisory council for the nation’s largest marine sanctuary needs volunteers to fill seats representing diving, education, tourism, conservation and the public at large.

The 20-member Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is made up of 13 primary and alternate members, plus seven representatives of governmental agencies. Members are selected based on their expertise and experience, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

The sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of coastline from Cambria to north of San Francisco, encompassing 6,094 square miles of ocean.

“The sanctuary is a national treasure,” said Paul Michel, sanctuary superintendent. “The voice of the regional community living along its shores is important to stewardship decision about its future.”

The council was established in 1994. Its role is to represent the public and provide the superintendent with advice on the sanctuary’s resource protection, research, education and outreach programs.

Application materials are available at the sanctuary’s website at montereybay.noaa.gov, by mail at 99 Pacific St., Building 455A, Monterey CA 93940, via email at sara.hutto@noaa.gov, or by calling 831-647-4206.

Applications are due by Dec. 31.

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