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July 11, 2007

Contact: Rowena Forest, Cordell Bank NMS
415-663-0314, ext. 105 

NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking to fill one primary seat and one alternate seat on its advisory council, which represents the public’s interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

Sanctuary staff are currently accepting applications for a community-at-large primary seat representing Marin County, and a community-at-large alternate representing Sonoma County. Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and knowledge regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

The Cordell Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council was established to assure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The council represents a variety of local user groups, the general public, and state and federal governmental jurisdictions. Specifically, the council's role is to provide the sanctuary superintendent with advice on the sanctuary’s resource protection, research, education and outreach programs.

“Since its establishment, the council has played a vital role in advising the sanctuary leadership and NOAA on critical issues,” said Dan Howard, Cordell Bank sanctuary superintendent.

Members and alternates will serve three-year terms. Current seat holders may re-apply. The advisory council meets four to five times a year in daytime public sessions located throughout Marin and Sonoma counties. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.

Applications are due by close of business August 17, 2007. To obtain an application kit or for further information please visit, or contact Rowena Forest at or 415-663-0314, ext. 105. Completed applications should be submitted to: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950, or faxed to 415-663-0315.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, designated in 1989 and encompassing 526 square miles, protects a productive offshore seamount on the West Coast, where the combination of ocean conditions and undersea topography creates a highly diverse marine community. The bank rises to within 115 feet of the sea surface, with water depths of 6,000 feet only a few miles west. The prevailing California Current flows southward along the coast, and the upwelling of nutrient rich, deep ocean waters makes the sanctuary a destination feeding ground for many marine mammals and seabirds. The site is located 60 miles northwest of San Francisco, Calif.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Commission of Fish and Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.

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