Sanctuary Advisory Council News

Council members seated around tables set in a U shape in the ballroom at FGBNMS headquarters

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council advises the sanctuary superintendent on priority issues and connects local communities with the sanctuary. The Advisory Council also provides an opportunity for information exchange on issues affecting the health of the sanctuary. Members represent a variety of interests, from fishing to science to conservation. They serve three year terms with a maximum of three consecutive terms in one seat. Meetings of the council are open to the public and provide a place where community interests, support, and concerns are heard.

Recruitment for Advisory Council members occurs as seats become available, and vacancies will be posted on this website. Contact for information and applications.

Accepting Applications February 1-28, 2017

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is accepting applications for the following council seats:  commercial fishing, conservation, and oil & gas production. 

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 3-year terms.

Any individual who has been a federally registered lobbyist in the two year period before the proposed appointment date for the advertised council seat(s) may not be selected as an advisory council member or alternate.

Applications for this round of applications are due February 28, 2017. For further information please contact or call 409-621-5151, x105, or by mail at NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg. 216, Galveston, TX  77551.

Application materials may also be downloaded below.

Council Application Materials

Press Release (44kb pdf)

Application Cover Letter (111kb pdf)

Application Form (131kb pdf)

Council Roles (167kb pdf)

Council Charter (795kb pdf)

Submit application materials to Kelly Drinnen by fax or mail only. For privacy purposes, please do not email council applications.

fax: 409-621-1316

mail: NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551