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Sanctuary Seeks Membership to Advisory Council
May 9, 2001

contact: Anne Smrcina, 781-545-8026, ext. 204

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for its Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Sanctuary is seeking people with a dedication and commitment to a healthy ecosystem on and around Stellwagen Bank and to the communities whose economies rely on this ecosystem. The Sanctuary Advisory Council is being formed to provide the Superintendent with advice on management of the Sanctuary. Council members also will serve as liaisons to the community on Sanctuary issues and act as a conduit relaying community interests and concerns to the Superintendent.

Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; and philosophy regarding the conservation and management of marine resources. A total of 21 individuals make up the Council. Fifteen of these seats are reserved for public participants representing research, education and conservation groups, commercial interests, and three at-large seats. Six of the seats are reserved for government agency representatives serving as ex-officio members of the Council.

Application packages are available by contacting the Sanctuary office. The application deadline is June 8, 2001. Selection and confirmation of Council Membership should be completed by July 16, 2001. Individuals selected will help provide technical and strategic advice to the Sanctuary Superintendent. It is anticipated that the Council will meet approximately four times per year; however, between July and October 2001 meetings may be more frequent. Participation on the Council is on a completely voluntary basis.

For more information on the Sanctuary Advisory Council, contact:

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Rd., Scituate, MA 02066; telephone (781) 545-8026, Fax (781) 545-8036.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of 13 nationally protected, environmentally and culturally valuable marine areas. The 842 square mile area located in federal waters between Cape Ann and Cape Cod was designated because of its high productivity and large resident whale population. In making these designations, the Department of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary System promotes comprehensive management of the special ecological, historical, recreational and aesthetic resources located within each Sanctuary.



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