NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Advisory Council Applicants

May 15, 2014


Carolyn Woodhead
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Sanctuary Advisory Council

Application Package

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

“Advisory council members are important conduits from their communities to sanctuary managers,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. “It is important for Keys residents to provide feedback on issues of interest or concern.”

The sanctuary is currently accepting applications for the alternate representing the following seat: Diving – Upper Keys.

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen should expect to serve three-year terms, pursuant to the council’s charter.

The advisory council consists of 40 primary and alternate non-governmental members representing a variety of public interest groups. It also includes primary and alternate representatives from 11 government agencies.

Applications are due June 30. To receive an application kit, or for further information, please contact council coordinator Beth Dieveney via email at or by phone at 305-809-4700 ext. 228, or by mail at Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 33 East Quay Rd., Key West, FL  33040. Application kits may also be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website,

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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