U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
CHARTER OF THE
MARINE FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Secretary of Commerce approved the establishment of
the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) (the "Committee")
on December 28, 1970. The Committee was initially chartered
under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App.2,
on February 17,1971, with the General Services Administration's
concurrence, and has been renewed periodically. It has been
determined that the Committee's continuance is in the public
interest in accordance with the duties and the laws imposed
on the Department.
OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES
- The Committee will advise the Secretary of Commerce
on all living marine resource matters that are the
responsibility of the Department of Commerce.
- Specifically, the Committee will draw on the expertise
of its members and other appropriate sources, such as the
National Marine Fisheries Service, to evaluate and recommend
priorities and needed changes in national program direction.
Its objective is to ensure that the Nation's living marine
resource policies and programs meet the needs of commercial
and recreational fishermen, and of environmental, consumer,
academic, tribal, governmental and other national interests.
- The Committee will function solely as an advisory body,
and will comply fully with the Federal Advisory Committee
MEMBERS AND CHAIRPERSON
- The Committee shall consist of at least 15 but not more
than 21 members to be appointed by the Secretary to assure
a geographically, ethnically and gender balanced representation
among commercial and recreational fishermen, and environmental,
consumer, academic, tribal, governmental and other national
interest groups. Criteria for membership is one or more
of the following:
a. Experience in harvesting, processing, or
marketing fish or fish products.
in promoting fishing for pleasure, relaxation,
or consumption. This may include operating
a recreational fishing business. Recreational
fishing experience by itself is not sufficient experience.
as a former or current officer or in a leadership
role in a national, state, or
regional organization representing marine fisheries
in managing and conserving fishery resources
or in representing consumers of fish or
fish products through active and sustained participation
in local, state, or national organizations.
in teaching, writing, researching, consulting,
or adjudicating matters related to fisheries,
fishery management, and fishery resource conservation.
The members are appointed for 3-year terms and serve
at the discretion of the Secretary. Terms of appointment
are contingent upon the Committee's continuation and the
active participation of the members. An appointment may
be terminated if a member misses two consecutive meetings,
unless excused for good cause by the Chairperson or the
Vice Chair. Members serve until reappointed or replaced;
however, no member may serve more than 2 consecutive terms.
No member may serve on both the Committee and a regional
fishery management council at the same time. Vacancy appointments
may be made for the remainder of the unexpired term of
the vacancy. State officials and their designees who serve
as voting members of a regional fishery management council
may not be appointed as members of the Committee.
The Chairperson is the Department's Under Secretary
of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. The Vice Chair is
the Department's Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.
Notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph (2) of
this section, in order to ensure a smooth transition and
provide for staggered terms of membership, the following
interim membership rules shall apply to those members whose
terms expire in 2002:
a. Those members who are eligible for reappointment
in 2002 may be reappointed for a single term of four
b. No more than six of those members who are otherwise
ineligible for reappointment due to having served
two consecutive terms may be reappointed for a single
term of two years.
- The Committee will report to the Secretary through the
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
- The Designated Federal Officer will be assigned by the
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.
- The Committee will meet at least twice a year, at the
call of the Chair or Vice Chair.
- The National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, will provide
staff support for the Committee.
- The Committee may establish subcommittees or working
groups of its members as necessary, subject to the provision
of the Department of Commerce Committee Management Handbook
(Part Two, Chapter Two, Section F).
- The Committee may establish task forces consisting of
MAFAC members and outside experts as may be necessary,
subject to the provisions of the Department of Commerce
Committee Management Handbook.
- The annual cost of operating the Committee is estimated
at $150,000. This includes one person-year for staff support
plus estimated travel costs for two full committee meetings
and for one subcommittee or special working group meeting,
- Members of the Committee are not compensated for their
services, but will upon request be allowed travel and per
diem expenses as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5701 et. seq.
This Charter shall terminate two years from the date of
the filing of this charter with the appropriate U.S. Senate
and House of Representatives Oversight Committees unless
earlier terminated or renewed by proper authority.
Original Signed by Otto J. Wolff
Chief Financial Officer and Date
Assistant Secretary for Administration
Dated: March 14, 2002