Federal Register: February 18, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 31)
DOCID: fr18fe09-31 FR Doc E9-3203
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice and request for applications.
Availability of Seats for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
DATES: Applications are due by March 13, 2009.
The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seat
on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Tourism
alternate. 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 until February 2011, pursuant to the council's Charter.
Seats for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council; Availability,
The MBNMS Advisory Council was established in March 1994 to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. Since its establishment, the Advisory Council has played a vital role in decisions affecting the Sanctuary along the central California coast.
The Advisory Council's twenty voting members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and federal governmental jurisdictions. In addition, the respective managers or superintendents for the four California National Marine Sanctuaries (Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary) and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve sit as nonvoting members.
Four working groups support the Advisory Council: The Research Activity Panel (``RAP'') chaired by the Research Representative, the Sanctuary Education Panel (``SEP'') chaired by the Education Representative, the Conservation Working Group (``CWG'') chaired by the Conservation Representative, and the Business and Tourism Activity Panel (``BTAP'') chaired by the Business/Industry Representative, each dealing with matters concerning research, education, conservation and human use. The working groups are composed of experts from the appropriate fields of interest and meet monthly, or bimonthly, serving as invaluable advisors to the Advisory Council and the Sanctuary Superintendent.
The Advisory Council represents the coordination link between the Sanctuary and the state and federal management agencies, user groups, researchers, educators, policy makers, and other various groups that help to focus efforts and attention on the central California coastal and marine ecosystems.
The Advisory Council functions in an advisory capacity to the
Sanctuary Superintendent and is instrumental in helping develop
policies, program goals, and identify education, outreach, research,
longterm monitoring, resource protection, and revenue enhancement
priorities. The Advisory 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 Sanctuary
program within the context of California's marine programs and policies.
Authority: 16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq.
(Federal Domestic Assistance catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program)
Dated: February 6, 2009.
Daniel J. Basta,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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