The National Ocean Council’s (NOC) Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP)has oficially closed the period for nominations for membership.  The deadline was September 15, 2011.


As an official Federal Advisory Committee, ORAP provides advice to the NOC on policies, procedures, and other responsibilities relevant to implementation of the National Ocean Policy.  Current ORAP members include, representatives of the National Academies, ocean industries, state governments, academia, and others, including eminent individuals in the fields of marine science, marine policy, and related areas, such as ocean resource management. 

Six seats  became vacant in the summer of 2012 and are expecte to be filled this fall from the list of nominees.