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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: 

June 1, 2016 - Teleconference/Silver Spring, MD

November 1-3, 2016, Washington, DC Area

NEWS:  Secretary of Commerce Appoints One New Committee Member to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

(April 21, 2016) Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the appointment of Raimundo Espinoza of San Juan, Puerto Rico as a new advisor to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, or 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 to evaluate and recommend priorities and needed changes in national programs and policies, including the periodic reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. The members represent a wide spectrum of fishing, aquaculture, protected resources, environmental, academic, tribal, state, consumer, and other related national interests from across the U.S., and ensure the nation’s living marine resource policies and programs meet the needs of these stakeholders.

Mr. Espinoza is currently an Environmental Consultant in Puerto Rico, Cuba and the wider Caribbean. He was the Nature Conservancy’s founding Cuba program Director and facilitated the historic first government to government action between the US and Cuba, led by the Everglades National Park Superintendent. Mr. Espinoza has extensive experience in coral reef conservation and management and was also responsible for successfully establishing the Nature Conservancy’s operation in Puerto Rico. He’s served as an advising delegate of the Puerto Rican government at the Caribbean Challenge Initiative and has closely collaborated with commercial fishers, local NGOs, and Governments across the Caribbean and Latin America in creating unique opportunities to further conservation actions on the ground and sea. He also served on the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council’s Outreach and Education Advisory Panel and the Puerto Rico District Advisory Panel. 

Mr. Espinoza holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland-CP, and B.A. in Environmental Studies from Pace University.  He speaks fluent English and Spanish and is conversational in Portuguese.

MAFAC, is the only federal advisory panel charged with making recommendations to NOAA and the Secretary of Commerce on the department’s living marine resource responsibilities. In recent years, MAFAC has provided advice on the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, coordination of consultation processes under the Endangered Species Act, aquaculture policy and research, recreational fishing policies, Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization topics, sustainable seafood certification, ocean policy, and catch shares.  Member terms are three years, and members may serve two consecutive terms.

 

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, contact: Executive Director, MAFAC

 

NEWS Archive

 

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