Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Key Largo

Oct. 05, 2010

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Karrie Carnes
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Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Key Largo, FL on Tuesday, October 19.

Items on the agenda include a presentation on the publication “Tropical Treasures: South Florida’s Marine Habitats,” by Bill Kruczynski of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 10:50 a.m., and a review of EcoAdapt’s “Florida Reef Tract Climate Change Action Plan” by Alex Score at 11:30 a.m. There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:05 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

At 2:30 p.m., meeting attendees will be able to interact and speak with scientists living in the Aquarius Reef Base through a live video conference. The “Aquanauts” are researching fish behavior, reef biodiversity and invasive species during their 10-day mission in the world’s only underwater laboratory.

WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
WHEN: October 19, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Ocean Reef Cultural Center, 200 Anchor Dr., Key Largo, FL 33037
WHO: NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Lilli Ferguson at 305-292-0311 or Lilli.Ferguson@noaa.gov.

Authorized in 1990 and established in 1992, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council has 20 representatives and alternates from community constituent groups, and 10 government agencies have non-voting representatives on the council. Serving in a voluntary capacity, the council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public.

The sanctuary was established in 1990 in recognition of the special resources found in and around the waters of the Florida Keys. NOAA and the State of Florida jointly developed a comprehensive plan to protect and manage sanctuary resources.

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