Sanctuary Advisory Council
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Michigan regard the involvement of communities and the development of a stewardship ethic as vitally important to address sanctuary management issues. One key way to achieve this involvement is the formation of Sanctuary Advisory Councils.
New Advisory Council Selected
Since the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve (Sanctuary/Preserve) was officially designated in 2000, a new Sanctuary Advisory Council was recently created. The new Council provides advice and recommendations to the Sanctuary/Preserve Manager and the Joint Management Committee (a state/federal body to oversee major management decisions on the Sanctuary/Preserve) regarding the management of the Sanctuary/Preserve.
The new Council consists of 15 members which represent a variety of local interests and stakeholders. A public meeting was held January 23 in Alpena to solicit the public's input on which local interests should be represented on the new Council. Click here to see the list of Council seats.
In 1997 NOAA established the first Sanctuary Advisory Council. That SAC's mission was to provide advice and a list of recommendations to NOAA and the State regarding the designation process for the Sanctuary/Preserve. The first Council helped NOAA and the State determine what issues should be considered and addressed if the site were to be designated a National Marine Sanctuary. More recently it provided input on which community interests should be represented on the new Advisory Council.
New !! SAC Chair and Vice-Chair chosen
Carol Shafto, City Council representative, was elected Chair for the Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Council elected Ed Retherford, fishing representative, as Vice Chair.
Click here to view information and an application for the SAC. [pdf]
Click here to view information about the SAC working groups.
Click here to view past meeting minutes.
Click here to view more photos of the October 23 SAC meeting.
Click here to view a contact list for the SAC members and alternates.