Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to Hold Public Meeting in North Carolina

April 30, 2009

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The wreck of the famous Civil War ship, the USS Monitor, lies 230 feet below the surface of the ocean.

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The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council will hold a public meeting May 19, 2009, at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, N.C. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a public comment period at 11:30 a.m. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries manages the sanctuary.

“Sanctuary advisory councils have proven to be an invaluable source of advice and input by members of the community,” 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, commercial/recreational fishing, archaeological research, conservation, heritage tourism, maritime museums, The Mariners’ Museum, education and the general public.

Meeting agendas can be downloaded from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Web site. 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 and by phone at 757-591-7328 or at 757-869-1370.

The 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.

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