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

February 8, 2012

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 Duck Key, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. 

Items on the agenda include a 9:15 a.m. presentation on mapping of habitats, species, and human uses by Harry Norris of Florida Wildlife Research Institute, and nominations for Sanctuary Advisory Council chair and vice chair at 11 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent, will present the draft scoping notice for the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Backcountry Management Plan for discussion and approval by the advisory council.

The public comment periods are 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

WHAT:    Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting

WHEN:    Feb. 21, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hawks Cay Resort, Overseas Conference Center, Ballroom West, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key, 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 305-809-4700 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 meadows, mangrove communities and sand flats. NOAA and the state of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us online at http://floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridakeysnoaagov.

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