NOAA seeks nominations for Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

NATIONWIDE — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is seeking appointment nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, also known as MAFAC. Nominations must be filed by Dec. 24.

The committee, according to a Federal Notice announcement about the open nomination period, stated MAFAC is “the only federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.”

“The committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of agency regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NOAA Fisheries Service,” NOAA Fisheries staff stated.

Committee members serve the committee on a three-year term and cannot serve for more than two consecutive terms, if re-appointed, according to the Federal Register.

“MAFAC members represent the wide spectrum of commercial, recreational, subsistence, and aquaculture fisheries interests; tribes; seafood industry; protected resources and habitat interests; environmental organizations; academic institutions; consumer groups; and other living marine resource interest groups,” a NOAA Fisheries announcement about the open nominations period stated.

The committee balances its membership geographically, ethnically and on the basis of gender. Committee members are not paid for their service, though they are offered reimbursements for travel and related expenses.

Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director, NMFS Office of Policy, 14th Floor, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.

“Each nomination submission should include the nominee’s name, a cover letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee, curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee, and no more than three supporting letters describing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee. Self-nominations are acceptable. The following contact information should accompany each nominee’s submission: Name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address,” the Federal Register notice stated about nomination submissions.

Contact Jennifer Lukens, MAFAC’s executive director, at jennifer.lukens@noaa.gov or Heidi Lovett at heidi.lovett@noaa.gov for additional information.

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