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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 Gulf of the Farallones Advisory Council TODAY!

We are recruiting several seats: Conservation (Primary and Alternate), Research (Primary and Alternate), Maritime Activities- Recreational (Primary and Alternate), Community At-Large Marin/Sonoma (Primary and Alternate), and Community At-Large San Francisco/San Mateo (Alternate).

Beginning immediately, we will accept applications and nominations for council membership. Read our introductory cover letter from the Superintendent to learn more about the role of the Sanctuary Advisory Council and the recruitment process.

Download your application here.

Qualifications for the open seats are:

Research:

  • affiliation with scientific research institutions or organizations active in communities near the sanctuary;
  • ability to effectively communicate with multiple institutions and scientists;

  • direct experience with marine research programs;
  • experience, ability, and availability to conduct outreach within the research community 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 research working group or subcommittee.

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 (Recreational):

  • familiarity and affiliation with maritime recreational or tourism activities in communities near the sanctuary;
  • knowledge of (and participation in) recreational activities or tourism within the sanctuary region;
  • breadth of experience and knowledge regarding coastal law, policies, and practices affecting marine recreation and tourism within the sanctuary;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the maritime recreational industries; and
  • availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Citizen-at-Large (CAL):

  • reside in the area affected by the sanctuary;
  • 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.