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Gray's Reef welcomes new members
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The Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council has accepted the appointments of Scott Harris, College of Charleston, to the council seat for university education and of Capt. Wendell Harper to the council seat for charter/commercial fishing.
The council represents the public's interests in sanctuary matters and provides advice to its superintendent. Gray's Reef is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Harris, of Charleston, S.C., has been a marine environmental educator for years at Coastal Carolina University Department of Marine Science, and more recently with a semester at the College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. He is affiliated with the South Carolina Marine Educators Association and has served on numerous NOAA offshore expeditions.
Harper of Darien has been a charter boat captain for more than 34 years.  Harper frequently attends the advisory council meetings and other public meetings and hearing about marine natural resource issues.
The GRNMS sanctuary advisory council was established in August 1999. The council's role is to provide advice on:
(1) protecting sanctuary resources, and identifying and evaluating emergent or critical issues involving sanctuary use or resources;
(2) identifying and realizing the sanctuary's research objectives;
(3) identifying and realizing educational opportunities to increase the knowledge and stewardship of the sanctuary environment; and
(4) assisting to develop an informed constituency to increase awareness and understanding of the purpose and value of the sanctuary and NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
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