NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council

Feb. 01, 2011

Media Contact:

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 Marathon, FL, on Tuesday, February 15. 

Items on the agenda include a discussion on 2011 goals for the Sanctuary Advisory Council at 10:30 a.m., followed by discussions of Sanctuary Advisory Council Working Groups.

At 1:10 p.m., Josh Clearman of Key West High School will present on “Biofuels and Other Sources of Green Energy” and at 1:40 p.m., Anne Hillier of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Kristie Killam of Friends and Volunteers of Refuges will talk about outreach and education efforts in Keys National Wildlife Refuges. At 2:40 p.m., Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton will discuss the draft NOAA aquaculture policy with the Advisory Council and seek recommendations and comment.  Presentations at 3:10 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. will respectively deal with water quality protection efforts in the sanctuary and the status of a seagrass restoration project. There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:05 a.m. and at 2:10 p.m. 


WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

WHEN: February 15, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Marathon Garden Club, 5270 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050

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

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. Visit us at or on Facebook at

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