Sanctuary Advisory Council to meet in Hoquiam March 15


The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will host a meeting of its Sanctuary Advisory Council on Friday, March 15, at the PUD’s Dennis Nichols Building in Hoquiam. The agenda includes a briefing on the ongoing vessel traffic risk assessment for the Salish Sea, a briefing on findings in the soon-to-be-released Climate Change Site Scenario report, organization of the council’s working groups in 2013 and activity updates from individual council members. The meeting, which is open to the public, runs from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a public comment period at 1:15 p.m.

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council is composed of 22 seats representing various local and regional organizations and agencies serving in a volunteer capacity.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was designated in 1994 as the first national marine sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest. It encompasses about 3,189 square miles off the Washington Coast, extending from Cape Flattery to the Copalis River.

For more information, contact Liam Antrim at liam.antrim@noaa.gov or visit the Advisory Council website at http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/involved/sac/sac_welcome.html where a draft meeting agenda will be posted.