NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet in Islamorada

June 24, 2013

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 Islamorada, Fla., on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

This meeting features presentations related to the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review, including updates from each of the three advisory council working groups in the morning. At 12:30 p.m., Roy Crabtree, administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Region; and Jessica McCawley, director of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Marine Fisheries Management, will present on south Florida fisheries management.

At 2:30 p.m., Sanctuary Deputy Superintendent for Science and Policy Beth Dieveney will provide a presentation and lead a discussion on user fees and alternative funding mechanisms, which were proposed during the public scoping period of the marine zone and regulatory review and subsequent working group discussions. Caitlin Lustic, coral recovery coordinator for The Nature Conservancy will give an overview of reef ecosystem restoration and RESTORE Act funding at 3:15 p.m.

The public comment periods are 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. 

WHAT:   Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting
WHEN:   July 9, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Hwy., Islamorda, FL 33036
WHO:     NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

To receive more information, or to request a meeting agenda, please contact Beth Dieveney at 305-809-4700 x228 or

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, as well as shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. NOAA and the state of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us at, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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