Advisory Council Seats Available for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Commercial Fishing member and alternate, Conservation member and alternate, Non-consumptive recreation member and alternate, Research member and alternate, Public at large members (2) and Business member. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve two-year terms, pursuant to the council's charter.

Applications are due by December 3, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Completed applications should be sent to

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Murray,, 805-884-1464, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 150, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CINMS Advisory Council was originally established in December 1998 and has a broad representation consisting of 21 members, including ten government agency representatives and eleven members from the general public. The Council functions in an advisory capacity to the Sanctuary Superintendent. The Council works in concert with the Sanctuary Superintendent by keeping him or her informed about issues of concern throughout the Sanctuary, offering recommendations on specific issues, and aiding the Superintendent in achieving the goals of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. 

Specifically, the Council's objectives are to provide advice on:

(1) Protecting natural and cultural resources and identifying and evaluating emergent or critical issues involving Sanctuary use or resources;

(2) Identifying and realizing the Sanctuary's research objectives;

(3) Identifying and realizing educational opportunities to increase the public knowledge and stewardship of the Sanctuary environment; and

(4) Assisting to develop an informed constituency to increase awareness and understanding of the purpose and value of the Sanctuary and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.