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

August 6, 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 Key West, Fla., on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

This meeting features presentations related to the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review. At 9:15 a.m., Ecosystem Protection working group chair Chris Bergh will report on the working group recommendations and discussions to date. Beth Dieveney, Sanctuary deputy superintendent of science and policy, will present on permit procedures, proposed regulation changes, and a framework for adaptive management at 11:15 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton will provide an overview of responses, accomplishments and future actions related to water quality issues. At 2:00 p.m., the Sanctuary Advisory Council will discuss the creation of a working group to address alternative funding sources, and the schedule and format for upcoming meetings.

The public comment periods are 10:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

WHAT:     Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting
WHEN:     August 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Doubletree Grand Key Resort,
                3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040
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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