Council Seats

Council members seated around a table with their name plates in front of them designating their council seats.

Each of the voting members 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.

Conservation (2 seats)

  • 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

Diving Operations (2 seats)

  • 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

Recreational Diving (2 seats)

  • 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

Education (2seats)

  • 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

Commercial Fishing (2 seats)

  • 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

Recreational Fishing (2 seats)

  • 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

Oil & Gas Production (2 seats)

  • 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

Research (2 seats)

  • 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