Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Next Council Meeting, February 27, 2018

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

When:  Tuesday, February, 2018; 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Where:   Conference line, 866-754-1931, passcode 6020711.

Agenda:   Click here to view the Meeting Agenda.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on a comment letter regarding the Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for 2019 to 2024, as now proposed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

This meeting is being scheduled because the deadline for comments on the proposed plan occurs before the next advisory council meeting. The Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent and the Sanctuary Advisory Council chair determined that this is an issue of a significant nature that arose between advisory council meetings and it warrants a previously unscheduled virtual meeting.

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

Information:   Advisory Council Coordinator, Chris Hines (chris.hines@noaa.gov; 912-598-2397).

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.

Designated in 1981, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs off the southeastern United States, encompassing approximately 22 square miles. The live bottom and ledge habitat support an abundant reef fish and invertebrate community. Loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species, also use Gray's Reef year-round for foraging and resting, and the sanctuary is located in the winter calving grounds of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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.

Currently, we do not have any open council seats or positions. Please check back for current vacancies or contact Chris Hines (chris.hines@noaa.gov; 912-598-2397) for more information about the Gray's Reef Advisory Council, including recruitment. Our next scheduled recruitment is expected to occur around March 2018.


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