• NOAA’s Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council Meets

    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council will hold a public meeting Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. An opportunity for public comment will be provided at 3:45 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held in The National Press Club’s Bloomberg Room located on the 13th Floor of The National Press Building at 529 14th Street NW., Washington, DC 20045.

    The Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council has been formed to provide advice and recommendations to NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries regarding the relationship of ONMS with the business community. Additional information on the council can be found at here.

    The meeting will provide an opportunity for council members to hear news from across the National Marine Sanctuary System, including updates on the potential designation of two new national marine sanctuaries; two proposed sanctuary expansions; and the differences between a national marine sanctuary and a marine national monument. Council members will also be able to review and comment on ongoing efforts to develop a sanctuary system business plan and enhance the online presence of ONMS’s social media campaign, Earth is Blue. Lastly, council members will learn about NOAA’s plans to maintain progress on its resilient communities, place-based conservation, and ‘‘blue economies’’ priorities during the transition to a new presidential administration in 2017. The meeting agenda is available here.

    Click here to read NOAA’s Federal Register notice of this meeting.

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