NOAA 99-R155
Contact: Gordon Helm


Commerce Secretary William M. Daley today appointed 20 fisheries experts to the NOAA Fisheries' Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, the group that advises the Secretary on marine resources policy and programs that affect the nation's ocean fish resources and marine mammal populations.

Thirteen members were reappointed to the committee along with seven new appointees who include representatives from commercial and recreational fishing interests, and environmental, academic, state, tribal, consumer and other national points of view. The Committee, commonly known as MAFAC, reports to the Secretary through the under secretary for oceans and atmosphere who serves as the chair of the group.

"This group has a history of providing visionary and constructive direction to meet fishery challenges and promote economic and environmental protection of living marine resources," said Terry Garcia, assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA deputy administrator.

Reappointed to MAFAC for a three-year term are: Dr. Bonnie Brown, Midlothian, Va.; Mr. Richard Gutting, Arlington, Va.; Ms. Elizabeth Hamilton, Oregon City, Ore.; Dr. Susan Hanna, Corvallis, Ore.; Ms. Suzanne Ludicello-Martley, Rapid City, S.D.; Dr. Charles Kidd, Jamaica, N.Y.; Mr. Rodney Moore, Portland, Ore.; Mr. Jeffrey Pike, Washington, D.C.; Dr. La Verne Ragster, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Ms. Patricia Tummons, Hilo, Hawaii; Dr. Percy Washington, Seattle, Wash.; Dr. Elizabeth Wenner, Charleston, S.C. Mr. Brooks Takenaka, Honolulu, Hawaii was appointed to a one-year term to complete his second three-year term.

The new appointments to MAFAC in 1999 include: Mr. Donald Kent, San Diego, Calif.; Mr. James L. Leland, Jr., McClellanville, S.C.; Mr. Melvin E. Moon, Jr., La Push, Wash.; Mr. Alvin D. Osterback Sr., Sand Point, Alaska; Ms. Margaret J. Raymond, South Berwick, Maine.; Ms. Bobbi M. Walker, Orange Beach, Ala.; and Ms. Kathleen M. Wynne, Kodiak, Alaska.

The appointees will continue to make recommendations regarding ongoing reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens, the Endangered Species and the Marine Mammal Protection Acts. Program policies and activities regarding vessel monitoring systems, marine reserves, the national observer program, stock assessments and data collection, as well as other mandates of the fisheries service, are considered by MAFAC.

"I look forward to working with MAFAC as a sounding board that provides me and the agency with useful advice about the policies and programs we administer," said Penny Dalton, director of NOAA Fisheries. "The next meeting of MAFAC is my first with the group, and I anticipate a dynamic and productive discussion of ideas to proactively meet the challenges of protecting, conserving, and managing marine resources."

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee operates under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which enables the group to advise the Secretary and Commerce Department on all living marine resources in federal marine waters. Committee appointments are for three years. All members are experienced in marine resource matters and represent various points of view and interests.