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

February 03, 2012

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Karrie Carnes
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Sanctuary Advisory Council

Application Package

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one primary member and one alternate on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

“Council members are conduits to the community, helping inform sanctuary management decisions,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent.  “Current council members will play a critical role in shaping the future of marine conservation during the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review which begins this year.”

The sanctuary is currently accepting applications for the primary member and alternate positions representing the following seat: Tourism – Lower Keys.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources.  Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve three-year terms, pursuant to the council’s charter. 

The advisory council consists of 40 primary and alternate members representing a variety of public interest groups. It also includes primary and alternate representatives from 10 government agencies.

Applications are due March 2, 2012. To receive an application kit, or for further information, please contact council coordinator Lilli Ferguson via e-mail at, by phone at 305-292-0311 ext. 245, or by mail at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL  33040. Application kits may also be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website,

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 or on Facebook at

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