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MBNMS Working Groups, Adhoc Working Groups, and Subcommittees

Existing Working Groups

These working groups were created prior to the establishment of the Advisory Council: Conservation Working Group (CWG), Research Activity Panel (RAP), and Sanctuary Education Panel (SEP). These working groups provide advice to the Advisory Council on priorities and program coordination. Working groups may be composed of members and alternates of the council and persons outside the council.  Existing working groups shall make every effort to meet in places that are open and accessible to the public.

Subcommittees

Subcommittees are composed solely of members of the Advisory Council and can disband once final advice on a particular matter has been submitted to the council.

Adhoc Working Groups

These working groups are established for specific purposed or topics needing focused attention that cannot be accomplished by a subcommittee. Their work is limited to functional areas and discrete issues relating to individual sanctuaries.


Current Adhoc Working Groups and Sub-Committees

Wildlife Disturbance - Approach Issues Working Group

This working group addresses issues of physical approach issues with whales, and will try and determine if there a need for any regulatory or non-regulatory strategies to address approach/disturbance for whales (Humpback, Gray, Blue, Orca) within MBNMS?

Wildlife Disturbance - Ocean Noise Working Group

This working group addresses the issue of ocean noise, and detirmein if there is a need for any regulatory or non-regulatory strategies to address harmful ocean noise within MBNMS?

Recreation and Tourism Sub-Committee

The Sanctuary Advisory Council (AC) unanimously voted in support of creating a ‘Recreation and Tourism Sub-Committee’ 2013, with the goals of improving sanctuary awareness, cross-promoting a myriad of recreation & tourism adventures available, adding value to local businesses seeking broader marketing strategies by highlighting their unique proximity to a national marine sanctuary.

 

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