Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet in Key West

November 29, 2011

Media Contact:

Karrie Carnes
305-809-4700 x236



Sanctuary Advisory Council

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Key West, FL, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. 

Items on the agenda include a 9:15 a.m. presentation by Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton and Advisory Council Chair Bruce Popham on the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review process.

At 1 p.m, Capt. Pat DeQattro, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Key West, will provide an update on international plans for offshore oil exploration. At 2 p.m. a representative from FWC will present on mapping of Florida Keys spawning aggregations.

There will be opportunities for public comment at 10:15 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m.

WHAT:            Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting

WHEN:            Dec. 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:          Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL 33040

WHO:             NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Lilli Ferguson at 305-809-4700 x245 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 meadow, mangrove communities and sand flats. NOAA and the State of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us at floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridakeysnoaagov.

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