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

November 24, 2015

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council in Marathon, Fla., at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

The meeting agenda includes informative talks about water quality, a mooring buoy fundraising campaign, and the national saltwater recreational fisheries plan.

Russ Dunn, NOAA’s national policy advisor for recreational fisheries, will update the council on the basics of NOAA Fisheries’ National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan which was released earlier this year.

Other presentations will cover the recent Florida Bay seagrass die-off, water quality monitoring, and updates on the results of demonstration projects to improve water quality in select canals throughout the Florida Keys. Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton will share information about a new, year-long mooring buoy fundraising campaign.

Public comment for items not on the agenda will be taken at 1:30 p.m., and will be taken before any Advisory Council decision or action. The meeting will wrap up with general reports from state and federal agencies on recent activities.

WHAT:       Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting
WHEN:       December 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
WHERE:      Hyatt Place, 1996 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 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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