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Office of Policy

Phone Number: 
301-427-8004

Joshua Gange
Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

Jessica Kondel
Senior Policy Advisor

Heidi Lovett
Policy Analyst 

Jennifer Lukens
Director, Office of Policy

Heather Sagar
Senior Policy Advisor

Kristina Trotta
Policy Analyst

 

 

Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

Next Meeting: 

Teleconference- December 14, 2016

NEWS:  Announcing Appointments to the new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force

(December 2, 2016)  The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the establishment of the new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (CBP Task Force), a special task force organized under MAFAC.  Today, we are formally inviting 20 individuals who represent a variety of regional stakeholder interests to serve alongside Columbia Basin sovereigns as part of this important partnership.

Protecting, restoring, and effectively managing our salmon and steelhead is one of the Northwest region’s greatest responsibilities, and one of our greatest challenges.  The challenge is so great, it warrants a more comprehensive and integrated approach to crafting common goals for both listed and non-listed Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead. The CBP Task Force will be making recommendation on common goals and helping to define a shared path to long-term salmon recovery.  The Task Force will recommend a shared vision for Columbia Basin salmon and quantitative goals to meet conservation needs and provide harvest opportunities.  These goals will be developed in the context of habitat capacity, climate change, and other factors that affect natural production.

The new stakeholder members of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force are:

  • Bert Bowler, Idaho Rivers United, Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Wildlife Federation, International Federation of Fly Fishers, Idaho Sierra Club, and Snake River Waterkeeper
  • Urban Eberhart, Kittitas Reclamation District
  • Mike Edmondson, Idaho Governor's Office of Species Conservation
  • Ben Enticknap, Oceana
  • Steve Fick, Fishhawk Fisheries
  • Jeff Grizzel, Grant County Public Utility District
  • Jess Grove, Portland of Cascades
  • Liz Hamilton, Northwest Sport Fishing Industry Association
  • Marla Harrison, Port of Portland
  • Heath Heikkila, Coastal Conservation Association, Pacific Northwest Fisheries
  • Joel Kawahara, Coastal Trollers Association
  • Joe Lukas, Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative
  • Rob Masonis, Trout Unlimited
  • Deb Marriott, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
  • Steve Martin, Snake River Salmon Recovery Board
  • Liza Jane McAlister, 6 Ranch, Inc.  
  • Kristin Meira, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
  • Kevin Scribner, Salmon Safe
  • Norm Semanko, Idaho Water Users Association
  • Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Association

State and Tribal Representatives include:

  • Jennifer Anders, Northwest power and Conservation Council, Montana, Salish-Kootenai Tribes and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
  • Bob Austin, Snake River Tribes Foundation, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe and Burns Paiute Tribe.
  • Randy Friedlander, Colville Tribes
  • Tony Grover, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, ex-officio
  • BJ Keiffer, Spokane Tribe
  • Guy Norman, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Washington
  • Zach Penny, Columbia Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Nez Perce, Yakama, Umatilla and Warm Springs Tribes
  • Jim Yost, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Idaho
  • [Placeholder], Oregon

Background information can be found at the West Coast Region’s webpage: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/columbia_river/index.html.  Additionally, for more information about the Task Force, please contact Katherine Cheney (Katherine.Cheney@noaa.gov, 503-231-6730) or Heidi Lovett (heidi.Lovett@noaa.gov, 301-427-8034).

 

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 please contact: Executive Director, MAFAC.

 

 

NEWS Archive

 

October 26, 2016 - MAFAC Launches Survey to Assess Climate Information Needs of Stakeholders

 

July 22, 2016 - Nominations sought for the new Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.  Applications accepted through September 6, 2016.

 

April 21, 2016 - Secretary of Commerce Appoints New Committee Member to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

 

November 12, 2015 - Secretary of Commerce Appoints Four New Committee Members to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
 

June 4, 2015 - Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.   Nominations accepted through July 20, 2015. 

 

January 26, 2015 - Announcing Appointments to MAFAC's NEW Climate and Marine Resources Task Force and Aquaculture Task Force 

 

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

 

 

 

Meeting Summaries

November 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland

June 2016
Teleconference & in Silver Spring, Maryland

April 2016
Portland, Oregon

February 2016
Teleconference & in Silver Spring, Maryland

November 2015
Teleconference & in Silver Spring, Maryland

October 2015
Silver Spring, Maryland

April 2015
San Diego, California

October 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

September 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

June 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

December 2013
Silver Spring, Maryland

May 2013
Washington, DC

January 2013
Teleconference

October 2012
Silver Spring, Maryland

August 2012
Teleconference

May 2012
Seattle, Washington

February 2012
Teleconference

October 2011
Washington, DC

June 2011
Teleconference

May 2011
Key West, Florida

March 2011
Teleconference

October 2010
Annapolis, Maryland

August 2010
Teleconference

June 2010
Juneau, Alaska

February 2010
Honolulu, Hawaii

November 2009
Silver Spring, Maryland

August 2009
Teleconference

May 2009
Monterey, California

November 2008 
New Orleans, Louisiana

July 2008 
New York, New York

December 2007
St. Pete Beach, Florida

June 2007
Washington, D.C.

July 2006
Seattle, Washington

February 2006
Dania Beach, Florida

June 2005
Washington, DC

January 2005
Honolulu, Hawaii

August 2004
Juneau, Alaska

December 2003
New York, New York

May 2003
San Diego, California

January 2003
Washington, D.C.

May 2002
Portland, Maine

November 2001
U.S. Virgin Islands

April 2001
Orange Beach, Alabama

November 2000
East Elmhurst, New York

April 2000
Charleston, South Carolina

October 1999
Washington, D.C

March 1999
La Jolla, California