Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Diver Advisory Council

Sanctuary Advisory Council News

Next Council Meeting - June 6, 2022

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Advisory Council Recruitment

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants to serve on its volunteer advisory council. The council provides NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with advice and recommendations on the management of the sanctuary.

  • Citizen-At-Large, 3-year term
  • Conservation (2 seats), 3-year term
  • Education (K-12), 3-year term
  • Fishing Industry, 3-year term
  • Research (Non-Living Resources), 3-year term

Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Applications received or postmarked after Jun. 1, 2022, will not be considered.  Applications should include (1) a completed and signed application form, and (2) responses to the 10 written questions in the application.

The SAC application form is available below:

Applications can be emailed to Scott Kathey at, or physically mailed to Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411.

If you desire a secure method of transmitting electronic documents, contact Scott Kathey at the email link above or by phone at 912-598-2381.

Application Packet Cover Letter and Support Materials: Applicants should review the cover letter and support materials before submitting an application to fully understand the role and responsibility of advisory council members.

The Gray's Reef Advisory Council provides NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries with advice and recommendations on the management of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The Advisory Council is composed of 20 members representing a variety of interests, including, fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, the general public, and state and federal government.

For more information, contact Scott Kathey, Resource Protection Coordinator, at or 912-598-2381.

The Importance of Diversity

Whether within a natural ecosystem or a human community, diversity creates strength and resilience. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries values the remarkable diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience found throughout sanctuary communities, and invites a wide range of individuals to seek membership on our sanctuary advisory councils. With a diverse membership, advisory councils can broaden access to understanding and participation in marine conservation and governance, foster innovation and creative problem solving, and can help advance the mission of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

"National marine sanctuaries are dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of America's marine and cultural legacy," said John Armor, director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "They are also places where people from diverse backgrounds can find common ground and discuss possible solutions to critical challenges facing the ocean. We welcome and value the wide range of perspectives and expertise that advisory council members bring to the national marine sanctuary system."

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