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Heather Sagar
Senior Policy Advisory

Heidi Lovett
Policy Analyst 

Jessica Kondel
Senior Policy Advisor

Jim McCallum
Policy Analyst

Joshua Gange
Marine Habitat Resource Specialist

Whitney Anderson
Program Analyst


Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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September 23 - 25, 2014

Silver Spring, MD 


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

(May 23, 2014)  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.  The Committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of Department regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  

MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, protected resources, and marine habitat interests; environmental, academic, tribal, consumer, and other related national interests.  Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and between-meeting subcommittee work.  Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms, if re-appointed. 

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

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are detailed in the Federal Register notice

For more information please contact:  Executive Director, MAFAC

NOAA Announces 17 Appointments to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s Recreational Fisheries Working Group

On May 14, NOAA Fisheries appointed 17 new members to 2-year terms on its Recreational Fisheries Working Group. Representing marine recreational fishing interests across the nation, including the U.S. territories, these appointees will help both the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) and NOAA Fisheries. Over the next year, the working group will help develop a National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy, a priority announced by Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, at the 2014 National Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit.  In addition, the Working Group will provide advice and guidance on other recreational fisheries issues and activities identified by MAFAC and the agency.    

The appointees include (* signifies a re-appointment):

  • Rick Bellevance, RI
  • Dave Pecci, ME*
  • Rip Cunningham, MA
  • Gary Smith, MS
  • Marcos Hanke, PR
  • Lange Sykes, FL
  • Bob Zales, FL*
  • Sonny Schindler, MS
  • Skip Feller, VA
  • Michael Kennedy, FL*
  • Greg Stunz, TX
  • David Bacon, CA
  • Lee Blankenship, WA*
  • Marc Gorelnik, CA
  • Andy Mezirow, AK
  • Craig Severance, HI*
  • Ed Watamura, HI*

MAFAC was established in 1971 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters.  Through this advice and at the request of the Secretary, the Committee helps ensure the Nation’s living marine resource policies meet the needs of commercial and recreational fishermen, and environmental, tribal, academic, consumer, and other national interests.  In 2010, MAFAC established a Recreational Fisheries Working Group to support its work on issues of importance to the recreational fisheries community. 

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


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

September 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

June 2014
Silver Spring, Maryland

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