Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Gray's Reef Council Seeking Members

NOAA's Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for eight seats on the Sanctuary Advisory Council:

  • Charter / Commercial Fishing
  • Citizen-at-Large
  • Conservation - Two Seats
  • Non-living Resources Research
  • Sport Diving
  • Sport Fishing
  • University Education

Candidates are selected based on the knowledge and experience they will lend to the seat for which they are applying. Also considered are their community and professional affiliations and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. The applicant who is chosen for the citizen-at-large seat should expect to serve a two-year term. Applicants for the other seats should expect to serve a three-year term.

Applications are due July 23, 2018.
Background materials and an application form are provided here:

Please return all pages of your completed sanctuary advisory council application form, and any attached statements or documents to: Council Coordinator Becky Shortland (becky.shortland@noaa.gov; Gray's Reef NMS, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411).

Next Council Meeting, July 25, 2018

What:  Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting.

When:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Where:  Click here for registration.

Agenda:   Click here to view the Meeting Agenda.

Sanctuary advisory council meetings are open to the public and there will be a public comment period.

Information:   Advisory Council Coordinator, Becky Shortland (becky.shortland@noaa.gov; 912-598-2381).

The Gray's Reef Sanctuary Advisory Council was established in August 1999 to ensure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary. The Advisory Council's nineteen members represent a variety of volunteer and government stakeholders representing fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, citizens-at-large, and state and federal agencies.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) protects a vibrant hard-bottom area off the Georgia coast. The reef's scattered rocky outcroppings and ledges provide homes for an abundance of marine life. Crabs, lobsters, soft corals, sponges, sea stars and other organisms form a dense carpet of living creatures, covering the nooks and crannies of Gray's Reef and giving it the name "live bottom." The reef attracts more than 200 species of fish, including black sea bass, snappers, groupers and mackerels. Loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species, forage and rest year-round at Gray's Reef, and the reef is within the critical habitat and only known winter calving ground of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. The 22-square-mile sanctuary is the only protected natural reef and one of a few natural marine protected areas in the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.



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