[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 2, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 5419-5420]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01976]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory 
Councils

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

ACTION: Notice and request for applications.

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SUMMARY: ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for five of its 
13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils (advisory councils). 
Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), 
for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Applicants are chosen based upon their 
particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which 
they are applying; community and professional affiliations; views 
regarding the protection and management of marine or Great Lake 
resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by 
the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates 
should expect to serve two or three year terms, pursuant to the charter 
of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council.

DATES: Applications are due by February 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Application kits are specific to each advisory council. As 
such, application kits must be obtained from and returned to the 
council-specific addresses noted below.
     Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory 
Council: Kelly Drinnen, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 
4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX 77551; (409) 621-5151 
extension 105; email Kelly.Drinnen@noaa.gov; or download application 
from http://flowergarden.noaa.gov.
     Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary 
Advisory Council: Inouye Regional Center, ATTN: NOS/ONMS/Shannon Lyday, 
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; (808) 725-5905; 
email Shannon.Lyday@noaa.gov; or download application from http://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/council/council_app_accepting.html.
     Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: 
Nichole Rodriguez, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 99 Pacific 
Street, Building 455A, Monterey, CA 93940; (831) 647-4206; email 
Nichole.Rodriguez@noaa.gov; or download application from http://montereybay.noaa.gov/welcome.html.
     National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory 
Council: Joseph Paulin, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, 
Tauese P.F. Sunia Ocean Center, P.O. Box 4318, Pago Pago, AS 96799 
(Utelei, American Samoa); (684) 633-6500; email Joseph.Paulin@noaa.gov; 
or download application from http://americansamoa.noaa.gov/about/samoa.html.
     Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory 
Council: Elizabeth Stokes, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 
175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066; (781) 545-8026 extension 
201; email Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov; or download application from 
http://stellwagen.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on a 
particular national marine sanctuary advisory council, please contact 
the individual identified in the Addresses section of this notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ONMS serves as the trustee for a network of 
underwater parks encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine 
and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and 
from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 
national marine sanctuaries and Papah[amacr]naumoku[amacr]kea and Rose 
Atoll marine national monuments. National marine sanctuaries protect 
our nation's most vital coastal and marine natural and cultural 
resources, and through active research, management, and public 
engagement, sustain healthy environments that are the foundation for

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thriving communities and stable economies. One of the many ways ONMS 
ensures public participation in the designation and management of 
national marine sanctuaries is through the formation of advisory 
councils. National marine sanctuary advisory councils are community-
based advisory groups established to provide advice and recommendations 
to the superintendents of the national marine sanctuaries on issues 
including management, science, service, and stewardship; and to serve 
as liaisons between their constituents in the community and the 
sanctuary. Additional information on ONMS and its advisory councils can 
be found at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov. Information related to the 
purpose, policies, and operational requirements for advisory councils 
can be found in the charter for a particular advisory council (http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/ac/council_charters.html) and the 
National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Implementation Handbook 
(http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/pdfs/2010-ac-handbook-appendices-07162015.pdf).
    The following is a list of the vacant seats, including positions 
(i.e., primary member or alternate), for each of the advisory councils 
currently seeking applications for members and alternates:
    Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: 
Conservation (primary); Education (primary); Recreational Fishing 
(primary); and Research (primary).
    Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory 
Council: L[amacr]na`i Island (alternate); and Moloka`i Island 
(alternate).
    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: 
Agriculture (primary); Agriculture (alternate); At-Large (two 
primaries); At-Large (alternate); Business/Industry (primary); 
Business/Industry (alternate); College (primary); College (alternate); 
Commercial Fishing (primary); Commercial Fishing (alternate); 
Conservation (primary); Recreation (primary); Recreation (alternate); 
Recreational Fishing (primary); Recreational Fishing (alternate); 
Research (primary); and Research (alternate).
    National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa Advisory Council: West 
Side of Tutuila (primary).
    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: At-
Large (alternate); Business/Industry (alternate); Mobile Gear 
Commercial Fishing (alternate); Whale Watch (alternate); and Youth 
(alternate).

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

(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary 
Program)

    Dated: December 23, 2015.
John Armor,
Acting Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-01976 Filed 2-1-16; 8:45 am]
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