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The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 29 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. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service submits the management plans to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval.
“With passage of a reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, the council’s members will not only focus on continuing the progress we’ve made managing our nation’s living marine resources, they will implement the new statutory provisions,” said Bill Hogarth, NOAA Fisheries Service Director. “Again this year, we have selected a group of highly qualified and dedicated individuals to serve on the eight regional fishery management councils.”
members represent diverse interests, including commercial and recreational
fisheries, as well as environmental, academic and other interests
from each geographic area. The Secretary of Commerce appoints a total
of 72 obligatory and at-large members to the eight regional councils.
Council members serve three-year terms, and may be reappointed to
serve up to three consecutive terms. Approximately one-third of
Each year on behalf of the Secretary, the director of the National Marine Fisheries Service solicits ominations from the governors of fishing states, and oversees the annual appointment process. 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.
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2005 Report to Congress on Apportionment of Membership on the Regional
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