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March 21, 2007

Contact: Jean Prevo, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
(989) 356-8805, ext. 13

NOAA’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council Seats

The staff of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, managed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program, is seeking to fill one primary seat and two alternate positions on its advisory council, which represents the public’s interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The Thunder Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council consists of 15 members and 15 alternates. Five seats represent local community governments, and the other 10 represent facets of the sanctuary community, including education, research, fishing, diving, tourism, cultural resources, economic development and the community at large.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff are accepting applications for the following advisory council seats: Business/Economic Development, Citizen-at-Large alternate and Education (K-12) alternate. The council's role is to provide sanctuary leadership with advice on resource protection, research, education and outreach programs.

“The advisory council is critical to the successful management of the sanctuary because it provides direct opportunity for community and stakeholder involvement,” said Thunder Bay sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray.

Applicants will be chosen based upon their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen should expect to serve a three-year term, pursuant to the council’s charter.

Applications are due by May 7, 2007. To receive an application kit, or for further information please contact Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator Jean Prevo at (989) 356-8805, ext. 13, or by e-mail at Applications should be submitted to: Jean Prevo, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, Mich. 49707.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, designated in October 2000, boasts an impressive array of underwater cultural resources.  The sanctuary, which contains a nationally significant collection of an estimated 160 shipwrecks spanning over two centuries of Great Lakes shipping history, covers 448 square miles in northern Lake Huron, near Alpena, Mich.

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program seeks to increase the public awareness of America’s marine resources and maritime heritage by conducting scientific research, monitoring, exploration and educational programs. Today, the sanctuary program manages 13 national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument that together encompass more than 150,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes natural and cultural resources.

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