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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: 

November 1-3, 2016, Washington, DC Area

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

(July 22, 2016)  NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) are pleased to announce we are seeking nominations for the new Columbia Basin Partnership (CBP) Task Force.  This Task Force will assist MAFAC in developing recommendations on quantitative goals for all salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin – listed and non-listed species – in order to address long term conservation needs, harvest goals, and Tribal/treaty responsibilities for NOAA Fisheries consideration. Shared goals will enhance engagement and understanding by providing a concise, common definition of success; consistent means to measure progress; and improved public support for work across the Columbia River Basin.

The Task Force will be comprised of 25-35 individuals who demonstrate subject matter expertise regarding salmon and steelhead biology and management in the Columbia River Basin, as well as the interest and ability to work.  Individuals who are chosen to serve will represent the geographic diversity of the Columbia River Basin, as well as the diversity of interests including: state and tribal fish managers; NGO/environmental; commercial fishing; recreational fishing; utility; river industry; agricultural/irrigation; and local watershed or recovery planning interests. At least one member of MAFAC will serve as a member of the Task Force.

All sovereigns and stakeholders who meet the membership criteria outlined in the Federal Register Notice are invited to submit nomination materials and self-nominations are acceptable. Membership is voluntary and, except for any potential reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay.  

How to submit a nomination:  Nominations should be addressed to Katherine Cheney and must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before September 6, 2016 (Katherine.Cheney@noaa.gov or NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 Northeast Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232). Details about the materials that must be submitted are in the Federal Register Notice that published today.

For more information please contact: MAFAC or 301-427-8034.

 

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

 

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

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