Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at
Mon Jan 6 13:45:15 EST 2003

FYI Coral listers -

Note there are several members named to this new U.S. Federal Advisory
Committee on marine protected areas that are active in coral reef issues
(e.g., Mark Hixon, Tundi Agardi, Ernesto Diaz, Lelei Peau (Chair of the
All-Islands Coral Reef Initiative)).

NOAA 2003-001
 Contact: Glenda Tyson
NOAA News Releases 2003
NOAA Home Page
NOAA Public Affairs


 Today, the Department of Commerce, with assistance from the Department
of the Interior,
 named final candidates for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA)
 National Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee. Required as
part of Presidential
 Executive Order 13158 dealing with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the
30-person committee
 represents a broad stakeholder community, including scientists,
academia, commercial and
 recreational fishermen, resource users and managers, and

 The advisory committee’s duties include providing advice and
recommendations to the
 Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of aspects
of the MPA Executive
 Order. The members may establish working groups, subcommittees, or task
forces as needed
 to fulfill the committee’s goals. They also will create a scientific
working group of experts in
 marine and ocean science fields, which will assess the conditions of
natural and submerged
 cultural resources within the nation’s MPAs. The members will serve for
two or three-year
 terms, and will elect a chairperson from the group.

 “Marine protected areas are important resource management tools,“ said
Commerce Secretary
 Don Evans. “We look forward to strong leadership from these individuals
in helping us determine
 how best to continue our efforts, balancing conservation needs with
commercial and
 recreational interests as we move forward to protect the marine
environment for present and
 future generations.”

 The committee will be supported by the National Marine Protected Areas
Center, established
 by NOAA in cooperation with the Department of the Interior, as required
by Executive Order.
 The MPA Center is charged with providing federal, state, territorial,
tribal and local
 governments with the information, technologies, training and strategies
to coordinate federal
 activities related to MPAs.

 Final candidates for the MPA Federal Advisory Committee are:

      Dr. Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas; Bethesda, Md.
      Mr. Robert Bendick, Jr., The Nature Conservancy; Altamonte
Springs, Fla.
      Mr. David Benton, North Pacific Fishery Management Council;
Anchorage, Alaska
      Dr. Daniel Bromley, University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wis.
      Dr. Anthony Chatwin, Conservation Law Foundation; Boston, Mass.
      Dr. Michael Cruickshank, Marine Minerals, Technology Center
Associates; Honolulu,
      Mr. Ernesto Diaz, Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Mgmt. Program; San
Juan, Puerto Rico
      Ms. Carol Dinkins, Vinson & Elkins Attorneys At Law; Houston,
      Dr. Rodney Fujita, Environmental Defense; Oakland, Calif.
      Dr. Dolores Garza, University of Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska
      Mr. Eric Gilman, National Audubon Society; Honolulu, Hawaii
      Dr. Mark Hixon, Oregon State University; Corvallis, Ore.
      Mr. George Lapointe, Maine Department of Marine Resources;
Augusta, Maine
      Dr. Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University; New Brunswick, N.J.
      Mr. Melvin E. Moon, Jr., Quileute Natural Resources Department;
LaPush, Wash.
      Mr. Robert Moran, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.
      Dr. Steven Murray, California State University; Fullerton, Calif.
      Mr. Michael Nussman, American Sportfishing Association;
Alexandria, Va.
      Dr. John Ogden, Florida Institute of Oceanography; St. Petersburg,
      Mr. Terry O’Halloran, hulaRez Inc.; Kalaheo, Hawaii
      Mr. Lelei Peau, Dept. of Commerce of American Samoa Pago Pago;
American Samoa
      Dr. Walter Pereyra, Arctic Storm Management Group, Inc.; Seattle,
      Mr. Max Peterson, International Assoc. of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies; Washington, D.C.
      Mr. Gilbert Radonski, Sport Fishing Institute; Cape Carteret, N.C.

      Mr. James Ray, Environmental Ecology and Response Shell Global
Solutions (U.S.)Inc.;
      Houston, Texas
      Ms. Barbara Stevenson, Portland Fish Exchange; Portland, Maine
      Dr. Daniel Suman, University of Miami; Miami, Fla.
      Capt. Thomas E. Thompson, USCG (Ret.), International Council of
Cruise Lines; Arlington,
      Ms. H. Kay Williams, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council;
Vancleave, Miss.
      Mr. Robert Zales, II, Bob Zales Charters; Panama City, Fla.

 Committee members were nominated by organizations and individuals.
Potential members are
 offered membership into the committee and then must undergo a
background check. These
 candidates were selected by a panel of experts from both agencies
seeking to ensure that the
 committee’s membership represented the broad spectrum of interested
parties throughout the

 NOAA is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring
the nation’s coasts
 and oceans. NOAA Ocean Service balances environmental protection with
economic prosperity
 in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting
coastal communities, sustaining
 coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards. NOAA Fisheries ensures
the sustainable use of
 marine fishery resources, protects marine mammal and sea turtle
populations, and promotes
 the health of coastal and offshore marine habitats.

 Marine protected areas are one of several management tools NOAA
Fisheries uses to prevent
 decline and promote recovery of marine fish, mammal and sea turtle
species that fall under the
 agency's stewardship responsibilities. In partnership with the eight
regional fishery
 management councils, NOAA Ocean Service, states, fishermen, and coastal
 NOAA Fisheries combines protected areas with other marine resource
management tools to
 ensure a healthy and bountiful ocean for all Americans.

 The Department of the Interior is the nation’s principal conservation
agency. Interior serves as
 the steward for approximately 426 million acres of America’s public
land, representing about 19
 percent of the U.S. land surface and 66 percent of all federally owned
land. Interior also
 manages mineral development on the 1.48 billion acre U.S. outer
continental shelf. Interior’s
 National Park Service currently manages 385 parks and serves about 285
million visitors.
 Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service is the primary federal agency
responsible for the protection,
 conservation, and renewal of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats,
and manages 538 refuges
 and 37 wetland management districts throughout the U.S.

 For more information online:
 Department of Commerce -
 NOAA Ocean Service -
 NOAA Fisheries -
 National Marine Protected Areas Center -
 Department of the Interior -
 National Park Service -
 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -
 Minerals Management Service -

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