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DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 2005
The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 members to the eight regional fishery management councils. The councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their respective geographical areas of responsibility. The management plans are submitted for review by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and approved by the Secretary of Commerce.
“I am pleased to present this group of highly qualified people who will undoubtedly be strong and effective stewards of our living oceans, said Bill Hogarth, director of the National Marine Fisheries Service. “I look forward to working with them to continue our progress managing the nation’s valuable marine resources. I have confidence in the abilities of this group to meet our challenges.”
Council members represent diverse interests, including commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as environmental, academic and other interests from each geographic area. The Secretary appoints a total of 72 obligatory and at-large members to the eight regional councils. Council members are appointed for three-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to three consecutive terms. Approximately one-third of the terms expire annually on August 10.
“I also want to thank the outgoing council members,” Hogarth added. “We have made great progress over the past several years, and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served as council members.”
Each year on behalf of the Secretary, the director of the National Marine Fisheries Service solicits nominations from the governors of fishing states and oversees the annual appointment process. Governors submit nominations by March 15, and the Secretary announces the selections by June 27. New members take their seats August 11. The Secretary selects council members from the list of nominees provided by the governors to fill obligatory and at-large seats that have become available due to an expiring term, a resignation, or other reason. Obligatory seats are state-specific, while at-large seats are regional in scope.
The 2004 Report to Congress on Apportionment of Membership on the
Regional Fishery Management Councils is available on the Internet
*Indicates a reappointment
NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources and their habitat through scientific research, management and enforcement. NOAA Fisheries Service provides effective stewardship of these resources for the benefit of the nation, supporting coastal communities that depend upon them, and helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.
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