Advisory Council News and Membership Recruitment

A fur seal being released
NOAA staff release a northern fur seal in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA

Individuals appointed to the 11 public seats on the sanctuary advisory council serve voluntary terms of 2 to 3 years in duration. A few times each year, with the approach of end-of-term dates for various seats, a recruitment period is opened to provide a public opportunity for interested persons to apply for membership for open positions on the council. Currently serving advisory council members may also seek to be reappointed, subject to term limit provisions described within the council's charter.

Application Review Status: Closed

Candidates will be selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat(s) for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of sanctuary resources. Selected applicants should expect to serve as a volunteer for a two-year term.

Background materials and an application form are provided here:

Completed applications can be submitted as follows:
Email (preferred) to:
Or by mail to:
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
ATTN: Claire Nasr
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6155

For further information, please contact Claire Nasr by email at, or by phone at 805-893-3644.

News About Sanctuary Advisory Councils on the West Coast: To learn what's happening with all five sanctuary advisory councils on the West Coast, view quarterly highlights here.