Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Meet in Marathon

August 3, 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, August 16, 2011. 

Items on the agenda include a presentation on future implementation of the sanctuary’s regulatory and marine zoning action plans at 11:00 a.m., and advisory council input on preliminary planning for a comprehensive review of sanctuary regulations and zones at 1:00 p.m.

At 2:40 p.m., Benjamin Ruttenberg Ph.D., research fishery biologist for NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center, will be presenting on thirty years of research in the Florida Keys.  

There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:05 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. 


WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting

WHEN: August 16, 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.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hard bottom, sea grass meadows, mangrove communities and sand flats. NOAA and the state of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us online at www.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 online at www.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usnoaagov.