We are seeking motivated candidates to apply for our Sanctuary Advisory Council at Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. Located less than 50 miles south of Washington DC, Mallows Bay offers something for everyone who visits. Not only does the sanctuary boast a diverse collection of historic shipwrecks, most renowned for the remains of over 100 wooden steamships known as the Ghost Fleet, it is also where the synergy of history and nature come together to provide a truly unique experience for visitors. The resources of the sanctuary are easily accessed by shore and water, and the site is a living laboratory for people of all ages to learn about its history, heritage, and connected ecosystems.

Since 2019, the sanctuary has relied on its Sanctuary Advisory Council to ensure public input to help in sanctuary management. However, one of the most important roles of the council is to help the sanctuary connect people and communities to this very special place. We are currently seeking energetic and highly motivated people to fill 15 community voting seats, each having a member and alternate, for the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. So whether you are interested in maritime history, a nature lover, a fisherman, an educator, or just enjoy recreating outdoors, we have a seat for you! We are currently accepting applications to fill the following seats for both member and alternate who would serve a three-year term:
●Maritime History and Archaeology
●Cultural Engagement (2)
●Recreation (2)
●Commercial Fishing
●Education (K-12)
●Education (Higher)
●Recreational Fishing
●Business and Economic Development
●Research, Science, and Technology

If you are interested in serving on the Sanctuary Advisory Council, please visit our website to learn more about the council and download an application kit. Applications are due December 15, 2023. If you have any questions, you may contact Jessica.Frayser@noaa.gov.

MPNMS_2023_SAC Application Packet