Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Next Council Meeting - November 8, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:55 PM ET

Virtual Meeting - Attendee Registration

Meeting Agenda

Public comment will be taken at 12:40 PM. Those wishing to provide comments should join the meeting no later than 11:30 AM in case the meeting progresses quickly and agenda items are addressed earlier than expected.


Gray's Reef 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, 2-year term
  • Conservation, 3-year term
  • Research (non-living resources), 3-year term
  • Sport Diving, 3-year term
  • Sport Fishing, 3-year term

The application deadline has been extended to
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.

Applications received or postmarked after Nov. 28, 2021, will not be considered. Applications should include (1) the completed application form, and (2) responses to the eight written questions within the application.

Two versions of the application form are available for use - a fillable Word form or a static PDF document:

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

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).

Gray's Reef Council provides the 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 19 representatives from various user groups, government agencies, and the public at large. The members represent a variety of stakeholders, including fishing, diving, conservation, science, education, citizens-at-large, state agencies, and federal agencies.

For more information, contact Scott Kathey, Resource Protection Coordinator, at Scott.Kathey@noaa.gov 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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