Sanctuary Advisory Council

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Established in 2005, the Sanctuary Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations on managing and protecting the sanctuary. The council comprises 11 government and 14 non-governmental representatives. Serving in a volunteer capacity, the council members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public. Sanctuary Advisory Council primary members serve three-year terms and meet several times each year in public sessions.



The advisory council typically holds two to five meetings per year, with meeting dates determined one to two months in advance. All meetings are open to the public. Please check back for information about upcoming meetings.


National marine sanctuary advisory councils are community-based advisory groups established to provide advice and recommendations to the superintendents of the national marine sanctuaries on issues including management, science, service, and stewardship. They also serve as liaisons between their constituents in the community and the sanctuary.


The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa seeks applicants for the Sanctuary Advisory Council.