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COUNCIL SEATS

Each of the voting seats of the Sanctuary Advisory Council acts as a conduit for information between the sanctuary and a particular group of sanctuary users.

Below are examples of the criteria the Council uses for selecting new members.

Education Seats (2)

  • affiliation with educational institutions or organizations in the sanctuary region;
  • ability to effectively communicate with multiple institutions and educators;
  • direct experience with marine education programs;
  • experience, ability, and availability to conduct educational outreach consistent with the goals of the sanctuary and the mission of the council; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Education Working Group, if needed.

Research Seats (2)

  • affiliation with scientific research institutions or organizations active in the sanctuary region;
  • 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 the council's Research Working Group, if needed.

Conservation Seats (2)

  • familiarity with marine or conservation issues and management approaches affecting the sanctuary;
  • experience working with or representing conservation or environmental organizations, especially those involved with marine conservation;
  • ability to communicate effectively with the broader conservation community in the sanctuary region; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Conservation Working Group, if needed.

Fishing - Commercial Seats (2)

  • knowledge of commercial fishing activities (including head boats) within the sanctuary region;
  • breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries law, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the commercial fishing industry (including head boats); and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Commercial Fishing Working Group, if needed.

Fishing - Recreational Seats (2)

  • knowledge of recreational fishing activities within the sanctuary region;
  • breadth of experience and knowledge regarding fisheries law, policies, and practices affecting the sanctuary;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the recreational fishing community; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Recreational Fishing Working Group, if needed.

Recreational Diving Seats (2)
(includes anyone who is an active recreational diver with interest in the Flower Garden Banks )

  • familiarity and affiliation with recreational divers in communities near the sanctuary;
  • understanding of the links between sanctuary resources, recreational diving, and other human activities;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the recreational dive community; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Recreational Diving Working Group, if needed.

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Diving Operations Seats (2)
(includes dive operators, dive shop owners/managers, dive operation employees, dive shop employees, dive travel organizers and dive club/organization representatives)

  • familiarity and affiliation with dive related businesses in communities near the sanctuary;
  • understanding of the links between sanctuary resources, dive related businesses, and human activities;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the dive business; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Diving Operators Working Group, if needed.

Oil and Gas Production Seats (2)

  • familiarity and affiliation with local oil and gas related industries in communities near the sanctuary;
  • understanding of the links between oil and gas industry, sanctuary resources, and human activities;
  • ability and willingness to communicate with key representatives from the oil and gas industry; and
  • commitment and availability of time to chair the council's Oil and Gas Industry Working Group, if needed.

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