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Sanctuary Advisory Council

Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC)

The Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides the sanctuary superintendent with advice on a variety of identified priority issues for the sanctuary. The advisory council, through its members, serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues and acts as a conduit, relaying the community’s interests, concerns, and management needs to the sanctuary. As a community-based body the advisory council members represent public interest groups, local industry, commercial and recreational user groups, academia, conservation groups, government agencies, and the general public. Members serve three-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms in one seat.

Read the Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter (9.2MB PDF).

The council amended their charter on August 23, 2012 to add a non-voting youth seat. Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter Amendment #1 (181KB PDF)

APPLY for the Sanctuary Advisory Council today! We are in the process of filling several vacant seats on our sanctuary advisory council: Conservation (Primary and Alternate), Maritime Activities- Commercial (Primary and Alternate), and Community At-Large San Francisco/San Mateo (Primary). Beginning immediately, we will accept applications and nominations for council membership.

Please review this informational cover letter (51KB PDF) and the Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter (9.2MB PDF) before applying.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 31, 2015

Below are the desired qualifications for the open seats:

Conservation

  • affiliation with conservation or environmental organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • ability to effectively communicate with multiple organizations and the broader community of
    conservationists/environmentalists in the sanctuary region;
  • familiarity with marine conservation issues and management approaches affecting the
    sanctuary;
  • direct experience working with or representing conservation or environmental organizations, especially
    those involved with marine conservation;
  • experience, ability and availability to conduct conservation outreach consistent with the goals of the
    sanctuary and the mission of the council; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair and/or participate on the council’s conservation working
    group or subcommittee

Maritime Activities- Commercial

  • familiarity and affiliation with commercial (fishing, shipping, etc.) organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • knowledge of commercial activities within the sanctuary region;
  • breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries, shipping or other laws, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the commercial fishing or shipping industries; and
  • availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Community At-Large San Francisco/San Mateo

  • reside in the San Francisco/San Mateo region;
  • proven ability to communicate with members in communities near the sanctuary;
  • experience and/or knowledge regarding marine management and resource protection
    issues in the sanctuary;
  • experience and/or knowledge regarding public uses and activities in the sanctuary;
  • freedom to express views and cast votes without consideration of any expectations held by an
    employer or other organization with which the member is affiliated; and
  • availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees

If you have any questions concerning the council feel free to contact Leslie Abramson, Advisory Council Coordinator, at 415-561-6622 ext 306 or Leslie.Abramson@noaa.gov.