Marine Sanctuary panel seeks applicants

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Posted by on November 26, 2004 at 20:43:06:

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to fill eight open seats on the sanctuary advisory council. The council was established to advise the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on management of the sanctuary, including public education, research, monitoring and the protection of natural and maritime heritage resources.

Sanctuary Manager Chris Mobley said in a written statement this week the council offers an opportunity for the public to become directly involved with the management and protection of the ocean waters surrounding the Channel Islands.

"Our council members' firsthand knowledge of the Channel Islands marine ecosystem and their links to the community help us attain our goal of protecting the sanctuary for future generations while preserving the economy that depends on it," Mobley said.

The sanctuary will select new members and alternates for the following seats: public at-large (member and alternate), commercial fishing (member), nonconsumptive recreation (member and alternate), business (member), conservation (member), and research (alternate).

Members and alternates serve as volunteers for two-year terms. The advisory council meets bimonthly in daytime public sessions at sites throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Council members will be selected based upon expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying. Considerations include availability and commitment to active participation, community and professional affiliations, views regarding the conservation and management of marine resources, and the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary.

Application packages are available at the sanctuary Web site,, or by calling 966-7107, ext. 371. Completed applications must be submitted by Saturday.

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