Advisory Council

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Council seats from various sanctuary users provide the public opportunities to improve the sanctuary's management. Image: NOAA

National marine sanctuary advisory councils are community-based advisory groups that provide advice and recommendations to the superintendents of the sanctuary sites on issues like management, science, community engagement, and stewardship. Members of the advisory council represent a broad cross-section of communities, industries, and stakeholders interested in and affected by the marine sanctuary.

Members represent conservation, education, research, communities, fishing, and diving; as well as jurisdictional partners from local, regional, state, and federal agencies.

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Council News and Actions

Updates about council meetings and actions that affect the sanctuary.

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Council Members

The advisory council is your way to share comments with the sanctuary. Find out who your representatives are and which special interests they represent.

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Meeting Documents

Agendas and minutes to recent advisory council meetings.