The volunteer council that works with the federal government on managing the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is scheduled to meet in Wanchese.
The advisory council will meet Thursday at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, where it will hear recommendations about possible expansion of the sanctuary. The sanctuary was designated in 1975 to protect the wreck of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, which sank during a storm 16 miles off Cape Hatteras in 1862.
Members of the expansion working group include local business leaders, historians, tourism representatives and diving and fishing interests. They'll present their ideas for expanding the sanctuary's boundaries to the Monitor sanctuary advisory council.
The council was established in 2005 to ensure public participation in the management of the sanctuary. It advises the sanctuary superintendent.
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