NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

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NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council

October 9th, 2008

NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applications for 13 positions on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

The sanctuary is accepting applications for council seats representing business, commercial fishing, conservation, non-consumptive recreation, research, tourism, and two public-at-large seats. Five alternate positions are also available, representing business, commercial fishing, conservation, research and non-consumptive recreation.

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 views regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

The advisory council has played a vital role in advising the sanctuary and NOAA on critical issues and is currently focused on the protection of large cetaceans in the Santa Barbara Channel and ocean acidification. The advisory council meets bi-monthly in public sessions in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Alternates attend meetings when primary members are not available and assume a seat if a primary member resigns.

Sanctuary advisory council member application packages are available on the sanctuary’s Web site at Completed applications should be submitted to

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in 1998 to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The advisory council’s 21 voting members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus 10 local, state and federal government jurisdictions.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1980 to protect marine resources surrounding San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands. The sanctuary spans more than 1,300 square miles extending from island shorelines to six miles offshore and encompasses a rich diversity of marine life, habitats and historic and cultural resources.

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