Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Media Contact:

Shannon Ricles
757-591-7328 or 757-869-1370

David Hall

NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council Seat

March 5, 2009

NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill one seat on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for the advisory council seat representing North Carolina maritime museums. One primary member will be selected for the seat.

The Monitor Sanctuary Advisory Council consists of 13 members, including nine non-governmental voting seats representing recreational diving, heritage tourism, education, conservation, maritime museums, marine archaeology research, and recreational/commercial fishing; and four governmental voting seats representing the United States Navy, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Virginia Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Park Service.

Applicants will be chosen based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying. Consideration includes knowledge of sanctuary resources, community and professional affiliations, residency in the sanctuary area, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve two-year terms. The council usually meets at least quarterly throughout the year.

Applications are due by May 29, 2009. To receive an application kit, or for further information please contact Shannon Ricles at 757-591-7328 or 757-869-1370, or by writing to: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Completed applications should be mailed to the above address.

Established in 1975 as the nation’s first marine sanctuary, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 protected areas managed by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. It is dedicated to protecting the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, located 16 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The Monitor is best known for its battle with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862. Artifacts recovered from the site are being conserved and exhibited at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.