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June 20, 2007

Contact: Nathalie Ward, SBNMS
781-545-8026, ext. 206 

NOAA’s Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council

Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is seeking to fill 15 primary seats and 15 alternate positions 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 primary and alternate members for each of the following positions: research (two seats), conservation (two seats), education (two seats), marine transportation, recreation, whale watching, fixed gear commercial fishing, mobile gear commercial fishing, business and industry, and at-large (three seats). 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 Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in March 2001 to assure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The volunteer council’s 15 voting members and six ex-officio members represent a variety of local user groups, the general public, and state and federal governmental jurisdictions. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.

“Each of the advisory council members brings a unique perspective to the council based on their long experience in the New England area,” said Craig MacDonald, Stellwagen Bank sanctuary superintendent. “Since its establishment, the council has played a vital role in advising the sanctuary leadership and NOAA on critical issues.

Specifically, the council's role is to provide the sanctuary superintendent with advice on the sanctuary’s resource protection, research, education and outreach programs. Recently, the council has focused on the development of the sanctuary’s new five-year management plan.

Applications are due by August 15, 2007. To receive an application kit, or for further information please contact Elizabeth Stokes at or by phone at 781-545-8026, ext. 201. Completed applications should be submitted to: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. For further information, please contact external affairs coordinator Nathalie Ward at or by phone at 781-545-8026, ext. 206.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life including 22 marine mammal species, more than 30 species of seabirds, over 60 species of fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is marking 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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