October 26-27, 2009
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Hold Public Meeting
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will hold a public meeting
October 26, 2009, at the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary office in Newport News, Va.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with a public comment period at 11:00 a.m. NOAA’s
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages the sanctuary.
The council's role is to advise the sanctuary superintendent on issues involving
sanctuary use or resources, sanctuary research objectives, and educational and
“Sanctuary advisory councils have proven to be an invaluable source of advice and input
by members of the community regarding the management of our national marine
sanctuaries,” said David Alberg, Monitor sanctuary superintendent.
The advisory council consists of 14 members, including five government seats
representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, National Park Service, North Carolina
Department of Cultural Resources, and Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
The council also has nine non-government seats representing sanctuary constituent
groups including recreational diving, recreational and commercial fishing, maritime
archaeological research, conservation, heritage tourism, maritime museums, education,
and the general public.
The meeting agenda can be downloaded from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Web site, http://monitor.noaa.gov. For further information, please contact Shannon
Ricles, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 100
Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. Ricles may also be reached by e-mail at
email@example.com and by phone at 757-591-7328.
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1975 to protect the wreck of the
famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which sank during a storm 16 miles off Cape
Hatteras, N.C. in 1862.
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 resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov.
On the Internet:
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries