Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Marathon

June 6, 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, June 21, 2011. 

Items on the agenda include a presentation on Sanctuary enforcement priorities by Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton at 10:30 a.m.; an update on the annual national meeting of Sanctuary Advisory Councils by Council Chair Bruce Popham at 1:00 p.m.; and a status update on the Sanctuary Condition Report by Science Coordinator Scott Donahue at 1:45 p.m.

At 3:15 p.m., Popham will be discussing proposed changes to the federal fishery management plan for spiny lobster as it would relate the Sanctuary’s future review of its marine zones.

There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:05 a.m. and at 2:45 p.m. 

WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

WHEN: June 21, 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 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. Visit us at floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridakeysnoaagov.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at www.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usnoaagov.