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 to be on the Gulf of the Farallones Advisory Council! We are recruiting a Youth (Primary) and Youth (Alternate) seat. These seats are non-voting. Contact Leslie.Abramson@noaa.gov for more information. Qualifications for the Youth seat include:
Be between the ages of 14 and 17 when they apply;
Attend a school, including home schools (or other alternative high school option), in the area affected by the sanctuary;
Have proven ability to communicate and network with other students within their school, in other schools within his/her community, or with home schooled students and with adults;
Possess an interest in sanctuary resource protection and management;
Have experience or knowledge regarding public uses and activities in the sanctuary;
Be able to travel to and attend council meetings and retreats (parent/guardian or student provides transportation); and
Provide written recommendation from one or more teachers.
Once selected, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary staff will contact students who will be required to provide:
Parent/guardian permission; and