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March 10, 2008

Contact: Andrew Palmer, 360-457-6622, ext. 15
Sarah Marquis, 949-222-2212

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Appoints New Advisory Council Members

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has selected new primary members and alternates to serve on its advisory council. The new appointees bring a valuable range of experience to the council, which provides the sanctuary superintendent with input and recommendations on sanctuary programs and management. Council members and alternates serve three-year terms on a volunteer basis.

The newly appointed advisory council members and alternates are as follows, by position:

  • Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, and Recreation: Meredith Parker, Neah Bay
  • Tourism, Chamber of Commerce, and Recreation (alternate): Mike Gurling, Forks
  • Conservation and Environmental Organizations (alternate): Jody Kennedy, Surfrider Foundation, Seattle
  • Citizen-at-Large (alternate): Bob Boekelheide, Dungeness River Audubon Center, Sequim

Robert Morris of Seiku is also returning as a citizen-at-large member, and Fan Tsao of the Marine Conservation Biology Institute in Bellevue is transitioning from an alternate position to a primary seat representing conservation and environmental organizations.

Sanctuary advisory councils provide local input into the management of sanctuaries. The Olympic Coast Sanctuary Advisory Council is composed of 21 representatives from local and regional organizations, tribes and governmental agencies whose role is to advise the sanctuary superintendent on matters of policy, management decisions and strategic plan revisions.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1994 as the first national marine sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest. It encompasses about 3,300 square miles off the Washington coast, extending from Cape Flattery to the mouth of the Copalis River. Significant natural and cultural resources in the sanctuary include 29 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, large populations of nesting seabirds, Native American communities and archaeological sites, and some of the last remaining wilderness coastline in the lower 48 states.

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 70 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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