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NOAA Fisheries Requests Nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

Posted November 7, 2016

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.  Nominations are being sought to fill 10 of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. 

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.


Nomination packages should be submitted to the HMS Management Division either through email or mail by December 8, 2016.  Email complete packages to and include “HMS AP Nominations” in the subject line.  If mailing packages in please send them to the following address; Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

NMFS seeks to fill 3 commercial, 5 recreational, and 2 environmental vacancies. (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.

Qualification for membership includes 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) experience representing a private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, or 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 Peter Cooper (301) 427-8503.

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


Fishing Region


Date Appointed

Date Term Expires

Academic All Swordfish/Tuna 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Academic All Tuna 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Academic Southeast/Gulf of Mexico Shark 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Academic Southeast Swordfish/HMS 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Commercial Mid-Atlantic HMS/Shark 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Commercial Northeast Swordfish/Tuna 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Commercial Gulf of Mexico Shark 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Commercial Gulf of Mexico Shark 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Mid-Atlantic HMS 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Northeast Tuna/Swordfish 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Gulf of Mexico Tuna/Swordfish 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Northeast Tuna 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Northeast Tuna 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Commercial Southeast Shark 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Commercial Southeast Swordfish/Tuna 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Commercial Northeast Tuna 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Environmental All Tuna 1/1/2014 12/31/2016
Environmental All HMS 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Environmental All Shark 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Environmental All HMS 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Recreational Northeast HMS 1/1/2013 12/31/2016
Recreational Northeast Tuna 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
Recreational Gulf of Mexico/Southeast Billfish 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Recreational Mid-Atlantic Shark 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Recreational Mid-Atlantic Tuna 1/1/2015 12/31/2017
Recreational Northeast Tuna/Shark 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Recreational Northeast HMS 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Recreational Mid-Atlantic HMS 1/1/2016 12/31/2018
Recreational Southeast Billfish/HMS 1/1/2016 12/31/2018






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