Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council seeks applicants for Education and Fishing seats

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is seeking applicants for filling three positions on the council: Education (primary and alternate positions) and Fishing (primary position).

Applications are due by Monday, June 27, 2022. Applications can be obtained from the sanctuary’s website at https://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/recruitment.html or by contacting Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator Chris Butler-Minor, [email protected], 360-406-2092.

The Sanctuary Advisory Council is composed of 21 representatives of various local and regional organizations and agencies whose role is to advise the sanctuary superintendent on matters of policy and in reviewing strategic plans.

The Advisory Council plays a vital role in advising NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary management on critical issues. In addition to providing advice on management issues facing the sanctuary, council members serve as a communication bridge between constituents and sanctuary staff. Whether within a natural ecosystem or a human community, diversity creates strength and resilience. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries values the remarkable diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience found throughout sanctuary communities, and invites a wide range of individuals to seek membership on our sanctuary advisory councils.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is administered by the NOAA and was designated in 1994 as the first national marine sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest. It encompasses nearly 3,200 square miles of significant natural and cultural resources off the Washington coast, extending from Cape Flattery to the mouth of the Copalis River.

For more information, contact Chris Butler-Minor, [email protected], or visit the sanctuary’s web page at https://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html.