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Secretary of Commerce Don Evans today announced the appointment of 21 members to the eight regional fishery management councils that work in partnership with the federal government to manage the nation's ocean fisheries.
The councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act , use a public process to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their respective geographical areas of responsibility. The management plans are submitted for review by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service and approved by the secretary.
"On behalf of Secretary Evans, I am pleased to congratulate the new council members and to thank those who are completing their council service for the hard work and dedication they have contributed towards effective stewardship of our marine resources," said Dr. Bill Hogarth, director of NOAA Fisheries. "Among this year's nominees were numerous qualified people with impressive backgrounds in fisheries and marine conservation, which made the decisions difficult to make. Secretary Evans and I look forward to an effective management partnership with the new council members as we continue rebuilding overfished populations in the coming years."
Council members apply their experience and knowledge of regional U.S. fisheries to the immense challenge of rebuilding and sustaining marine resources for future generations of Americans. The council members represent diverse interests, including commercial and recreational fishermen, for each geographic area.
Terms of the council members expire annually on August 10 for approximately one-third of the 72 obligatory and at-large members appointed to the eight regional councils. On behalf of the secretary, the director of NOAA Fisheries solicits nominations from the governors of fishing states and oversees the annual appointment process. Governors must submit completed gubernatorial nominations by March 15, and the secretary announces the selections by June 27. New members will take their seats on August 11.
Under the act, the secretary selects a council member from the group of gubernatorial nominees for each appointed obligatory and at-large seat that has become vacant due to an expiring term, a resignation, or other reason. Obligatory seats are state-specific, while at-large seats are regional in scope.
Last year's agency report on council membership is available on the Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/reg_svcs/Report_Congress01.pdf.
This year's appointments were to be made for 22 expiring seats. However, the appointments for Pennsylvania's obligatory seat on the Mid-Atlantic council and Puerto Rico's obligatory seat on the Caribbean council are pending. This year's appointments also include a member to Idaho's obligatory seat on the Pacific council, which expired last year and was left unfilled, bring the total appointments to 21.
The new council members, listed below, will begin service on August 11, 2002; their terms will expire on August 10, 2005, except for the appointment of Idaho's expired obligatory seat to the Pacific council, which will expire on August 10, 2004.
England Fishery Mangement Council
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Mangement Council
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Gulf Fishery Management Council
Fishery Management Council
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Pacific Fishery Management Council
*Note indicates a reappointment.
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation's living marine resources through scientific research, management, enforcement, and the conservation of marine mammals and other protected marine species and their habitat. To learn more about NOAA Fisheries, please visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.