Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet in Marathon

June 5, 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 Marathon, Fla., on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

At 10:45 a.m., John Burke of NOAA’s National Centers for Coast Ocean Science will give a presentation on the biodiversity and ecosystem function of shallow bank systems in the sanctuary. The public comment period is at 11:45 a.m. The superintendent and agency representatives will provide report highlights at 2 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 2:45 p.m.

WHAT:    Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting

WHEN:   June 19, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Monroe County Government Center, Emergency Operations Center/Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, 2798 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 305-809-4700 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 floridakeys.noaa.gov or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floridakeysnoaagov.

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