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NMFS Requests Nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel by November 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP).  NMFS consults with, and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks.  Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation from commercial and recreational fishing interests, the scientific community, and the environmental community who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries.  HMS AP members serve three-year terms, with approximately one‑third of the total HMS AP members’ terms expiring on December 31 of each year.

Individuals with definable interests in recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership on the HMS AP.  Nominations are invited from all individuals and constituent groups.  Nomination packages should include:

  1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest or expertise in HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, tunas, or billfish and specifically describe how the nominee meets the criteria below;
  2. Contact information including mailing address, phone, and email of the  nominee;
  3. A statement of background and/or qualifications;
  4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings and tasks of the HMS AP; and
  5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her disposal to communicate HMS issues to various interest groups.

NMFS seeks to fill 1 academic, 5 commercial, 3 recreational, and 2 environmental/non-governmental organization vacancies by December 31, 2014. (Table 1).  Each sector must be adequately represented, and the intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the responsibilities of the HMS AP.  Therefore, NMFS will seek to fill vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current representation from each of the sectors, and secondarily by species expertise and/or representation from different regions.  The species expertise listed in the Table indicates the current makeup on the HMS AP and does not necessarily indicate a requirement for expertise in that particular species.

Criteria for membership include one or more of the following: (1) experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries (e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, environmental, governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS.

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fisheries interested parties to keep you informed about the fishery.  Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.  For further information, contact Jenni Wallace (301) 427-8503.

Table 1.  Current Representation on the HMS AP by Sector, Region, and Species.  (Terms that are expiring are in bold.  NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.) 

Sector

Fishing Region

Species

Date Appointed

Date Term Expires

Academic

All Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Academic

All Tuna

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Academic

Southeast/Gulf of Mexico Shark

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Academic

Southeast Swordfish/HMS

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Commercial

MidAtlantic HMS

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Commercial

Northeast Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Commercial

Gulf of Mexico Tuna/Swordfish

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Commercial

Northeast Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Commercial

Northeast Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Commercial

Southeast Shark

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Commercial

Southeast Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Commercial

Northeast Tuna

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Commercial

Mid-Atlantic HMS/Shark

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Commercial

Southeast Swordfish

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Commercial

Gulf of Mexico Shark

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Commercial

Gulf of Mexico Shark

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Environmental

All Shark

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Environmental

Gulf of Mexico HMS

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Environmental

All Tuna

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Environmental

All Tuna

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Recreational

Gulf of Mexico/Southeast Billfish/Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic HMS

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic Tuna

1/1/2012

12/31/2014

Recreational

Northeast Tuna/Shark

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Recreational

Southeast Swordfish

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Recreational

Northeast Tuna

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Recreational

Southeast HMS

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Recreational

Northeast HMS

1/1/2013

12/31/2015

Recreational

Southeast HMS

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic HMS

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Recreational

Southeast Billfish

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

Recreational

Gulf of Mexico HMS

1/1/2014

12/31/2016

 

 

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