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October 15, 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 NOAA, is seeking applicants to fill one alternate 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 alternate position representing education on the council. Council members are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seats for which they are applying. Consideration includes knowledge of sanctuary resources, community and professional affiliations, time of residence in the sanctuary area, and philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

The Cordell Bank Sanctuary Advisory Council meets four to five times a year in daytime public sessions located throughout Marin and Sonoma counties. Terms run for three years and members serve without pay. Current seat holders may re-apply.

Council member application packages may be obtained by calling 415-663-0314, ext.105, or visiting the sanctuary’s Web site, Completed applications should be mailed to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, P.O. Box 159, Olema, CA 94950, or faxed to 415-663-0315. Applications must be received by close of business Nov. 1, 2007.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, designated in 1989, encompasses 526 square miles of ocean that include an offshore seamount on the West Coast, where the combination of ocean conditions and undersea topography creates a highly diverse marine community. It is a destination feeding ground for many marine mammals and seabirds. The site is located 60 miles northwest of San Francisco, Calif.

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.

NOAA, 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 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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