WASHINGTON, D.C. — Coastal Conservation Association board member John Ballotti was appointed to a four-year term on the Marina Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC), the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere announced.
Ballotti currently serves as president of the Los Angeles chapter of Coastal Conservation Association California and on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club.
The MPA FAC, according to a statement released by Coastal Conservation Association California, “advises NOAA (Commerce) and the Department of Interior on ways to strengthen the nation’s system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).”
“[The committee] includes representatives of diverse stakeholder groups, including scientists, academia, commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, divers, state and tribal resource managers, the energy and tourism industries, and environmentalists,” the Coastal Conservation Association California statement continued. “John is one of only two in the United States from the recreational community appointed to this committee for the coming term.”
Ballotti was supported and endorsed by the American Sportfishing Association, Coastal Conservation Association National, Coastal Conservation Association California and Coastside Fishing Club. He was a member of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group during the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation process, according to Coastal Conservation Association California.