Council News

For more information about the Sanctuary Advisory Council, please contact Jessica Frayser.

Council Vacancies

NOAA is now seeking applications from members of the public for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to fill the following 10 community voting seats, each having a member and an alternate, and one non-voting Youth Seat with alternate. Applications will be accepted by fax or mail through January 30, 2024.

  • Maritime Heritage & Archaeological Science
  • Heritage Tourism (Virginia)
  • Heritage Tourism (North Carolina)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Higher Education)
  • Recreational Diving
  • Recreational/Commercial Fishing
  • Ecological Sciences
  • Military Community
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Youth Seat

For more information on the advisory council, or if you have any questions about the process, please contact

More information about sanctuary advisory councils is available on the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website.

Application Process

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of maritime heritage resources. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve a three-year term.

Before applying, please review the following documents:

To apply, download the appropriate application kit:

To protect personally identifiable information, applications must be sent by either mail or fax. Submit applications to:

Jessica Frayser
Advisory Council Coordinator
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Fax: 757-591-7353

For more information on the application process, or if you need to request that we mail you an application kit, please contact