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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

Next Meeting (Tentative):

September 2-4, 2014

San Diego, California 


MAFAC Seafood Certification Recommendations -- Open for Public Comment

March 17, 2014 --  NOAA Fisheries invites the public to comment on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee's (MAFAC) recommendation about the appropriate role of NOAA in sustainable seafood certification.  Comments should be submitted no later than April 30, 2014 by e-mail to:  For more information and to read the recommendation, please link here.

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) advises 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 evaluate and recommend priorities and needed changes in national programs which includes the ongoing reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens, Endangered Species, and Marine Mammal Protection Acts. The members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries interests, environmental, academic, State, Tribal, consumer, and other related national interests.

The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) which reports to the Secretary. 

For more information contact:
Executive Director, MAFAC



NEWS Archive


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

December 2013
Silver Spring, Maryland

May 2013
Washington, DC

January 2013

October 2012
Silver Spring, Maryland

August 2012

May 2012
Seattle, Washington

February 2012

October 2011
Washington, DC

June 2011

May 2011
Key West, Florida

March 2011

October 2010
Annapolis, Maryland

August 2010

June 2010
Juneau, Alaska

February 2010
Honolulu, Hawaii

November 2009
Silver Spring, Maryland

August 2009

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