NOAA’S Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Applicants for Advisory Council Seats

July 29, 2008

NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for one primary position on the council’s conservation seat and one alternate position on its advisory council.  Alternates attend meetings when members are not available, are encouraged to attend other meetings and may apply for the member seat if a member resigns.

The advisory council’s 17 voting members and six ex-officio members represent a variety of local stakeholder groups and the public. Council members serve in a volunteer capacity for two- or three-year terms, pursuant to the council’s charter. The council was established in March 2001 to assure continuous public participation in the management of the sanctuary.

Applicants will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seats for which they are applying. Consideration includes knowledge of the resources, community and professional affiliations, residency in the sanctuary area and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources.

To receive an application kit or for further information please contact Elizabeth Stokes at 781-545-8026, ext. 201, via e-mail at, or by writing to: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Completed applications should be mailed to the same address and must be received by Sept. 15, 2008.

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life, including 22 marine mammal species, more than 30 species of seabirds and 60 species of fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants.

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.