NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet at the City of Marathon Council Chambers

February 7, 2017

NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council at the City of Marathon Council Chambers in Marathon, Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The meeting will include presentations on long-term status and trends of natural resources in the Florida Keys including coral and fish species and results from a recent survey of impacts to seagrass from vessel groundings; this is an update of a survey conducted in the 1990s.

The council will also hear updates from NOAA and FWC on enforcement activities in the Florida Keys and potentially take action to endorse a letter to the incoming NOAA Administrator in support of strengthened enforcement in National Marine Sanctuaries.

WHAT:       Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
WHEN:       Feb. 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. The public comment period will begin at 2:45 p.m.
WHERE:      City of Marathon Council Chambers, 9805 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 305-809-4710 or

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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