The SAC formed by general consent a Citizen Science Working Group to investigate citizen science opportunities supporting GRNMS and submit findings and recommendations to the SAC no later than July 2, 2024 - 18 October 2023
The SAC formed by general consent a Public Engagement Working Group to develop an engagement strategy to advance public awareness of, and connection to, GRNMS through SAC representatives; implement at least one activity during CY2024; and report to the SAC on event outcome(s) and future strategy no later than October 9, 2024 - 18 October 2023
The SAC approved by general consent the following list of priority advisory council work items for the next 18 months:
- Investigate citizen science opportunities within GRNMS and make recommendations
- Provide recommendations to NOAA regarding the President’s 30X30 conservation initiative
- Explore effective collaboration among the SAC, sanctuary, and GRNMS Foundation Chapter to build synergistic support for sanctuary programs and needs
- Develop an engagement strategy to enhance public awareness of, and connection to, GRNMS through their SAC representatives and implement at least one activity. - 18 July 2023
The council passed a motion 10-0 to recommend to the sanctuary superintendent that the current Fishing Industry seat on the council be converted to a Tourism Seat upon the next revision of the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter - 11 January 2023.
The council passed a motion 10-0 to recommend to the sanctuary superintendent that he assess installing mooring buoys within Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary as part of the upcoming management plan review and update - 11 January 2023.