Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wanted: Nominees for advisory group on ocean policy

By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program

Do you know someone who might be interested in helping direct and guide ocean policy and management issues along Washington’s Pacific Coast?

If so, Ecology is seeking nominations for membership on an advisory group for ocean policy.

Advisory group will help State Ocean Caucus

The group will advise the State Ocean Caucus – an interagency team made up of state agencies with a management role or expertise in ocean and coastal issues.

Ecology coordinates this team and is forming the advisory group on behalf of the State Ocean Caucus.

Looking for people to represent broad range of interests

We’re looking for people interested in and knowledgeable about ocean and coastal issues on Washington’s Pacific Coast – western Clallam and Jefferson counties, and Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.

We need people to represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests including:
  • Local citizens
  • Ports
  • Shipping
  • Energy
  • Tourism
  • Economic development
  • Shellfish aquaculture
  • Commercial fishing
  • Recreational fishing
  • Science and research
  • Education
  • Conservation
The four coastal Marine Resource Committees will each appoint a representative to serve on the advisory body.

The unpaid advisory group will meet about four times a year. Members will serve up to a three-year term and may be reappointed.

A special selection committee will review nominations and make appointment recommendations to Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant.

How to nominate a candidate

We must receive all nominations by Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

Any group or individual can nominate a candidate to the advisory group. We also accept self-nominations and candidates don’t need to be affiliated with an organized group.

Nominations must include specific information – see our online directions for nominations. Nominations can be sent electronically or mailed to:

Jennifer Hennessey
Washington Department of Ecology
PO Box 40173
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

For more information, contact Jennifer at or call 360-407-6595.

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