Date(s) - 04/18/2017
9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Hyatt Place - Marathon
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) Advisory Council to meet April 18 in Marathon
NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary will hold a public meeting of the Sanctuary Advisory Council at the Hyatt Place in Marathon, Florida, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The meeting will include presentations on the threat posed to sanctuary resources from abandoned and derelict vessels including updates from the Monroe County Marine Resources Office on the recent multi-agency effort to remove 32 derelict vessels from the Marquesas Keys.
The council will also consider action on three issues including selecting a Chair and Vice-Chair, consider recommendations from the Charter Fishing working group charged with providing recommendations to develop a Blue Angler Program, and recommending that the sanctuary use outcomes from a recently completed Shallow Water Boating Impacts Assessment.
WHAT: Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
WHEN: April 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Place – 1996 Overseas Highway Marathon, FL 33050
WHO: NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Authorized in 1990 and established in 1992, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council has 20 representatives and alternates from community constituent groups, and 10 government agencies have non-voting representatives on the council. Serving in a voluntary capacity, the council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of critical marine habitat, including coral reef, hard bottom, sea grass meadows, mangrove communities and sand flats, as well as shipwrecks and maritime heritage resources. NOAA and the state of Florida manage the sanctuary. Visit us at http://floridakeys.noaa.gov, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.