March 3, 2009
NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Seeks
Applicants for Advisory Council Seats
NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is seeking to fill one seat and one alternate position on its advisory council, which ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.
The sanctuary is accepting applications for the advisory council seat representing North Carolina maritime museums. One primary member will be selected for the seat.
The Monitor Sanctuary Advisory Council consists of 13 members, including nine non-
governmental voting seats representing recreational diving, heritage tourism, education,
conservation, maritime museums, marine archaeology research, and recreational/commercial
fishing; and four governmental voting seats representing the United States Navy, North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources, Virginia Department of Cultural Resources, and the National
Applicants will be chosen based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat
for which they are applying. Consideration includes knowledge of sanctuary resources,
community and professional affiliations, residency in the sanctuary area, and views regarding the
protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members
should expect to serve two-year terms. The council usually meets at least quarterly throughout
Applications are due by May 29, 2009. To receive an application kit, or for further
information please contact Shannon Ricles at 757-591-7328 or 757-869-1370, or by writing to:
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Completed
applications should be mailed to the above address.
Established in 1975 as the nation's first marine sanctuary, Monitor National Marine
Sanctuary is one of 14 protected areas managed by NOAA's Office of National Marine
Sanctuaries. It is dedicated to protecting the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad, USS
Monitor, located 16 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The Monitor is best known for its battle
with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862. Artifacts
recovered from the site are being conserved and exhibited at The Mariners' Museum in Newport
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of
the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine
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and the U.S. Navy are being conserved and exhibited at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Va.
On the Internet:
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary