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Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

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AGENCY:

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC)

ACTION:

Notice and request for applications.

SUMMARY:

The ONMS is seeking applicants for the following seats on The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): Member and Alternate three-year terms for (1) Research; (1) Conservation; (1) Education; (1) Marine Transportation; (1) Recreational Fishing; (1) Mobile Gear Commercial Fishing; (1) At-Large, and (1) At-Large (Member only). Additionally seeking applications for two-year term (1) Education (Member) and (1) Conservation (Alternate) seats. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve two and three year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter. The Council consists also of three state and three Federal non voting ex-officio seats.

DATES:

Applications are due by 18 December 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Application kits may be obtained from Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Telephone 781-545-8026, ext. 201. Completed applications should be sent to the same address or e-mail, or faxed to 781-545-8036.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nathalie.Ward@noaa.gov, External Affairs Coordinator, telephone: 781-545-8026, ext. 206.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Council was established in March 2001 to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. The Council's 23 members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and Federal government agencies. Since its establishment, the Council has played a vital role in advising NOAA on critical issues and is currently focused on the sanctuary's final five-year Management Plan.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life including 22 species of marine mammals, more than 30 species of seabirds, over 60 species of fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants.

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq.

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(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program)

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Dated: September 8, 2009.

Daniel J. Basta,

Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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[FR Doc. E9-22161 Filed 9-15-09; 8:45 am]

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