NOAA 99-R138
Contact: Gordon Helm


Commerce Secretary William M. Daley today announced the appointment of 22 members to eight regional fishery management councils that work in partnership with the federal government to manage the nation's marine fishery resources.

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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, and approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

The councils represent diverse fisheries interests and are composed of members whose combined knowledge and experience represent commercial and recreational fisheries interests for each geographical area concerned. The new council members' terms that are listed below will begin on August 11, 1999, and will expire on August 10, 2002.

Note: *indicates the individual is being reappointed.

New England Council
Includes members from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The 1999 appointees are for four at-large seats:

At-large seats
Vito J. Calomo Thomas R. Hill*
Executive Director Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester Fisheries Commission
Gloucester, Mass.

John C. Williamson* Anthony Fernandes, III
Kennebunk, Maine Kittery, Maine

Mid-Atlantic Council
Includes members from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The 1999 appointees are for five seats: obligatory: Maryland, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania; 1 at-large:

Obligatory seats
Ricks E Savage* Anthony D. DiLernia*
Wallace and Associates Office of Marine Education
Cambridge, Md. Kingsborough Community College
Manhattan Beach, N.Y.

Edward J. Mesunas James A. Ruhle, Sr.
Penn Fishing Tackle Wanchese City, N.C.
Manufacturing Co.
Philadelphia, Penn.

At-large seat
Robert J. Rhodes*
Howell, N.J.

South Atlantic Council
Includes members from the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The 1999 appointees are for two at-large seats:

At-large seats
John M. Dean Edward B. LeMaster III
University of South Carolina Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Columbia, S.C.

Caribbean Council
Includes members from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 1999 appointee is for Puerto Rico's obligatory seat:

Obligatory seat
Ricardo Cotte-Santana*
San Germán, P.R.

Gulf of Mexico Council
Includes members from the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The 1999 appointees are for three at-large seats:

At-large seats
Pete V. Aparicio* Maumus F. Claverie, Jr.* James B. Fensom
Victoria, Texas New Orleans, La. Panama City, Fla.

Pacific Council
Includes members from the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The 1999 appointees are for 2 seats: Washington's obligatory; 1 at-large seat:

Obligatory seat
James H. Lone*
Seattle, Wash.

At-large seat
Ralph H. Brown*
Vice President
Fishermen's Marketing Assn.
Brookings, Ore.

North Pacific Council
Includes members from the states of Alaska and Washington. The 1999 appointees are for Alaska's and Washington's obligatory seats:

Obligatory seats
Milton J. Bundy Harold R. Samuelsen, Jr.*
President Dillingham, Alaska
Glacier Fish Company
Seattle, Wash.

Western Pacific Council
Includes members from the American-flagged Pacific islands of American Samoa and Guam, the state of Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The 1999 appointees are for 3 seats: CNMI's obligatory and 2 at-large seats:

Obligatory seat
Benny K. Pangelinan
Susupe Village
Saipan, CNMI

At-large seats
Roy N. Morioka* Frank P. Farm, Jr*
Honolulu, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii

The appointments are subject to standard clearance procedures.