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Policy Analyst

Joshua Gange
Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

Jessica Kondel
Senior Policy Advisor

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Policy Analyst 

Jennifer Lukens
Director, Office of Policy

Jim McCallum
Policy Analyst

Heather Sagar
Senior Policy Advisory



Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee


Next Meeting: April 28 - 30, 2015


Announcing Appointments to MAFAC's NEW Climate and Marine Resources Task Force and Aquaculture Task Force 

(January 26, 2015) The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the formation of two new Task Forces to support MAFAC Subcommittee work on the important topics of climate and aquaculture.  Interest was high for both new task forces, and 12 individuals were selected for the Climate and Marine Resources Task Force and 11 for the Aquaculture Task Force.  Applications were received from a strong pool of highly qualified individuals who represented a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, skill sets, gender, and regional perspectives. 

The new members of the Climate and Marine Resources Task Force are:

Rowan Baker – Retired Fish & Wildlife biologist

Merrick Burdan – Executive Director, Marine Conservation Alliance

Charles Colgan – Resource Economist & Professor, University of Southern Maine

Samantha Danchuk – Assistant Director, Environmental Planning and Coastal Resilience Division, Broward County, Florida

Rick Gaffney – Recreational fisherman & entrepreneur

Patrick Halpin – Professor & Director, Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University

Robert Leaf – Assistant Professor, Gulf Coast Research Lab, University of Southern Mississippi

Andy Pershing – Chief Scientific Officer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Sylvia Spalding – Communications & Staff Lead, Marine Planning and Climate Change Policy, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council

Lisa Suatoni – Senior Scientist, Oceans Program, National Resources Defense Council

Gale Vick – Consultant, Environmental Issues, Tanana Chiefs Conference

David Wallace – Owner, Wallace & Associates, and consultant to commercial fisheries interests

For more information on the Climate and Marine Resources Task Force and its members, click here.


The new members of the Aquaculture Task Force are:

Megan Davis – Interim Executive Director, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute/Florida Atlantic University

John Forster – President, Forster Consulting, Inc.

Joe Hendrix – President/Founder, SeaFish Mariculture

Gary Jensen – Former National Program Lead for Aquaculture, US Department of Agriculture

Jeff Lotz – Director, Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, University of Southern Mississippi

George Nardi – General Manager, Golden Eagle Sable Fish Inc.

Brian O’Hanlon – Founder/Chief Technical Officer, Open Blue Sea Farms, Inc. 

Paul Olin – Aquaculture Specialist, University of California Sea Grant Extension Program

Neil Sims – Co-Founder & CEO, Kampechi Farms, LLC

Lisa Tucker – Aquaculture Research Analyst, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Paul Zajicek – Development Director, National Aquaculture Association

For more information on the Aquaculture Task Force and its members, click here.


The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) was established under a federal charter by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on February 17, 1971, to advise the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. MAFAC members draw on their expertise and other appropriate sources, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, to assist in: setting national living marine resources policies; developing and implementing Departmental initiatives and programs; evaluating and recommending needed changes during reauthorization processes for the Magnuson-Stevens, the Endangered Species, and the Marine Mammal Protection Acts; and assessing other areas of primary interest to the Secretary and relevant to the mission and goals of the NOAA Fisheries Service.  The members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, habitat, and protected resource interests,as well as environmental, academic, State, Tribal, consumer, and other related national interests.

MAFAC advice is derived from public deliberations of the Committee and is typically conveyed in meeting summaries, written findings and recommendations, and formal reports transmitted to NMFS, NOAA and the Department.  Issues for Committee deliberation are derived from matters that the Secretary, or his designee, brings to the Committee, and those topics affecting living marine resource stewardship that are of growing concern identified by the Committee. The Committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) and is available to the Secretary on an ongoing basis as a source of expertise to be consulted in the development of fisheries policy, and generally meets twice a year.

For more information contact:
Executive Director, MAFAC


NEWS Archive


October 20, 2014 - Secretary of Commerce Appoints Four New Committee Members to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee


October 16, 2014 - Nominations sought for two new Task Forces of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Applications accepted through November 17, 2014.


May 2014 - Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Nominations accepted through July 7, 2014.


May 2014 - NOAA Announces 17 Appointments to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee's Recreational Fisheries Working Group


March 2014 - MAFAC Seafood Certification Recommendations -Open for Public Comment


April 2013- New MAFAC Member from Hawaii Appointed

February 2013 - NOAA Announces 9 New Appointments to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee's Recreational Fisheries Working Group     

January 2013 - MAFAC Seeking to Fill One Vacancy

August 2012 - Secretary of Commerce Appoints Two New Committee Members to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Reappoints Four Members

March 2012 - Secretary of Commerce Appoints 7 New Advisors to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee




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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Washington, DC

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Washington, D.C

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