Channel Islands National Marine
Sanctuary's role within MERA
Marine Educators Regional Alliance
Community Focused Environmental Management Information for the Channel
The mission of the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) is to
manage marine areas of special significance to protect their ecological
and cultural integrity for the benefit of current and future generations.
In order to meet the golas of its programs, NOAA employs ecologically
sound principles of resource conservation, develops and implements
stewardship, upholds education and research programs that foster public
understanding, support and participation, and promotes the ecologically
sustainable use of the nation's natural and cultural marine resources.
The NMSP provides necessary leadership and acts as a catalyst to link the
assets and resurces of government and non-government organizations to
focus attention on the importance of managing and protecting marine
The Sanctuary may make available such staff, information, admistrative
services, or assistance as the Sanctuary Manager/Sanctuary Education
Coordinator determines are reasonably required to enable MERA and its
subcommittees to carry out their fuctions.
(a)Sanctuary Manager/Sanctuary Education Coordinator: The
Sanctuary Manager / Sanctuary Education Coordinator will serve as the
facilitator of meetings and will work closely with the Sanctuary
Education/ Outreach Assistant.
Sanctuary Education / Outreach Assistant: The Sanctuary
Education / Outreach Assistant will act as the MERA Coordinator and will
attend, plan, coordinate and schedule all MERA and Steering Committee
meetings. In addition, the MERA Coordinator will draft documents,
maintain a record of minutes, distribute all related information and keep
in close contact with Steering Committee and subcommittee chairpersons.