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

November 26, 2013

Media Contact:

Mary Tagliareni
305-852-7717 x30



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, December 10, 2013.

This meeting features presentations related to the sanctuary’s marine zoning and regulatory review. At 9:15 a.m., Ecosystem Protection working group co-chairs Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton will report on the progress of the working group to date. Beth Dieveney, Sanctuary deputy superintendent of science and policy, will present on the process for advisory council review and discussion at 11:15 a.m.

At 3:00 p.m., U.S. Department of Interior’s Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives Shannon Estenoz will present on current Everglades restoration activities.

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

WHAT:     Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting
WHEN:     December 10, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE:   The Islander Resort, 82100 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 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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