Seeks Membership to Advisory Council
May 9, 2001
Anne Smrcina, 781-545-8026, ext. 204
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.
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.
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.
more information on the Sanctuary Advisory Council, contact:
Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Rd., Scituate,
MA 02066; telephone (781) 545-8026, Fax (781) 545-8036.
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.