Advisory Council

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Sanctuary Advisory Council in August 2015. Photo: Lilli Ferguson/CBNMS

National marine sanctuaries provide a unique opportunity for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop community partnerships by supporting sanctuary advisory councils. The role of the council is to provide advice to the sanctuary superintendent on the designation and/or operation of a national marine sanctuary. All fourteen sites in the sanctuary system have an advisory council.

About the Advisory Council

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The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council is a community based body that was established in 2001. Council seats are occupied by members representing research, conservation, maritime activities, fishing, education, the community at-large, as well as federal agency partners. Individual council members act as liaisons between the sanctuary and their constituent groups. Members representing nongovernmental seats are appointed; announcements regarding how to apply (when an application period is open) are made on this website, in local media sources, at public Sanctuary Advisory Council meetings, etc. Please feel free to contact the advisory council member representing your area of interest directly or attend an upcoming Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting. For general questions regarding sanctuary advisory council matters, please contact the sanctuary advisory council coordinator, Lilli Ferguson ( 

The council holds a minimum of four regular meetings per year, and an annual retreat in the summer or fall. Meetings are open to the public and we invite all to attend. Please check sanctuary calendar for upcoming meeting dates, times and locations.

Interested constituents and citizens may receive periodic updates concerning activities of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council via email. To do so, please send an email to and indicate in your message that you would like to receive Sanctuary Advisory Council activity updates. Updates will sent out approximately 4-6 times per year and will include announcements about public sanctuary advisory council meetings, notices regarding applications for appointment to sanctuary advisory council seats, and public special events involving the advisory council.