Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment

2016 Advisory Council Members

The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary seeks applicants for the Sanctuary Advisory Council (SAC). The council ensures public participation in sanctuary management and provides advice to the sanctuary superintendent. The SAC holds quarterly meetings within the regions of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Bodega Bay.

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 as members should expect to serve a three-year term.

The advisory council consists of 30 primary and alternate members, including community-at-large (Marin/Sonoma); community-at-large (San Francisco/San Mateo); community-at-large (Mendocino/Sonoma); conservation (two seats); education; maritime activities (commercial); maritime activities (recreational); youth; and research. There are also five governmental seats representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Resources Agency, National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA Fisheries.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Charter

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries National Sanctuary Advisory Council Handbook

Current Vacancies

Maritime Activities/Commercial Seat (Alternate)

Seat Description
The Maritime Activities/Commercial seat’s role is to provide advice on the general management of a sanctuary, with specific concern for commercial maritime activities affecting the sanctuary. The advisory council consists of ten seats, including a Maritime Activities/Recreational seat and a Commercial Fishing seat, in addition to the Maritime Activities/Commercial seat. While there will be overlap between these three seats in respect to commercial and maritime activities, the Maritime Activities/Commercial seat will focus on activities related, but not limited to, commercial shipping and maritime transportation in the sanctuary, harbors catering to commercial maritime in the sanctuary, and maritime law and policies as they relate to the sanctuary. The seat alternate will represent the seat in the absence of the primary member. Alternates may serve on and chair working groups of the council.


  • Familiarity and affiliation with maritime commercial activities/industry in communities near the sanctuary;
  • Understanding of the links between maritime commercial activities/industry, sanctuary resources, and human activities;
  • Breadth of experience and knowledge regarding law, policies, and practices related to commercial maritime activities affecting the sanctuary
  • Ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from maritime industry;
  • Availability of time to chair and/or participate on appropriate council working groups or subcommittees.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2019.

Submit applications to Alayne Chappell, Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator at

Introduction Letter

Application Form