Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council seeks advisory council applicants

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council is currently recruiting for the research primary, education primary, Native Hawaiian alternate, conservation alternate, commercial fishing alternate, ocean-related tourism alternate, and three (3) research alternate seats on its advisory council. The council ensures public participation in reserve management and provides advice to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries superintendent.

"Community representatives on our advisory council are an extremely important part of our team," said Athline Clark, NOAA's superintendent for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. "Their input is an integral part of managing this special place."

Candidates are selected based on their expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, and views regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen as members or alternates should expect to serve a three-year term or until a different advisory body is created pursuant to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monumentʻs management plan.

Applications are due by Sunday, November 15, 2020. For further information, please contact Jennifer Crawford, Reserve Advisory Council Coordinator, via email at

Advisory Council Application
Cover Letter
Council Charter

The Importance of Diversity

Whether within a natural ecosystem or a human community, diversity creates strength and resilience. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries values the remarkable diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience found throughout sanctuary communities, and invites a wide range of individuals to seek membership on our sanctuary advisory councils. With a diverse membership, advisory councils can broaden access to understanding and participation in marine conservation and governance, foster innovation and creative problem solving, and can help advance the mission of the National Marine Sanctuary System.

“National marine sanctuaries are dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of America’s marine and cultural legacy,” said John Armor, director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “They are also places where people from diverse backgrounds can find common ground and discuss possible solutions to critical challenges facing the ocean. We welcome and value the wide range of perspectives and expertise that advisory council members bring to the national marine sanctuary system.”