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Flower Garden Banks NMS Recruiting Recreational Fishing Seat on Council

NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is seeking applicants for the primary recreational fishing seat on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent.

“Sanctuary advisory councils have proven to be an invaluable source of advice and input by members of the community regarding the management of our national marine sanctuaries, America’s ocean treasures,” said George P. Schmahl, sanctuary superintendent. “We are excited about the role our advisory council has played in managing sanctuary resources and we look forward to working with new members.”

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen should expect to serve a three-year term.

The advisory council consists of 16 primary members representing a variety of public interest groups. It also includes six governmental seats representing the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Fisheries, NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Applications are due June 30. To receive an application kit, or for further information, please contact Shelley Du Puy, education/outreach coordinator, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by phone at 409-621-5151 ext. 106; or by mail at NOAA Flower Garden Banks NMS, 4700 Ave. U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX 77551.

Application kits can also be downloaded from the sanctuary’s website.

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