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Council Nominations & Appointments

In accordance with Section 302 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) is required to appoint the voting state specific, or obligatory, members and at-large members to the regional fishery management councils. On the Secretary’s behalf, the NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator for Fisheries solicits nominations from governors and facilitates the annual appointments process. The appointments process begins each year in mid-January with nominations due from governors by March 15.

In late June, the Secretary announces the appointee selections, and new council members take their seats on August 11. Terms expire each year on August 10 for approximately one-third of the 72 obligatory and at-large members.

The ideal council appointee candidate is knowledgeable in fishery conservation and management, or the commercial or recreational harvest of fishery resources through occupational experience, scientific expertise, or related training.
 


Recent Council Appointment Materials:

2016 MAFMC - At Large Appointment
Appointments
2015 Appointments
NPFMC - WA Appointments
2014 NEFMC - At Large Appointments
  Appointments
2017 Nominations
2016 Nominations
2015 Nominations
NPFMC - WA Nominations
2014 NEFMC - At Large Nominations
Nominations


Council Nomination Letters:


New England

2017 Letters New England Fishery Management Council
Maine - Gov. Paul LePage  March 13, 2017
Massachusetts - Gov. Charles D. Baker  March 9, 2017
New Hampshire - Gov. Christopher T. Sununu  March 13, 2017
2016 Letters  
Massachusetts - Gov. Charles D. Baker March 9, 2016
New Hampshire - Gov. Margaret Wood Hassan March 9, 2016
Rhode Island - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo March 14, 2016
2015 Letters  
Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy March 11, 2015
Massachusetts - Gov. Charles D. Baker March 11, 2015
Maine - Gov. Paul LePage Undated
Rhode Island - Gov. Gina M. Raimondo March 13, 2015
2014 Letters  
Massachusetts - Gov. Deval Patrick March 10, 2014
Massachusetts - Gov. Deval Patrick December 4, 2014
Maine - Gov. Paul LePage March 15, 2014
New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan March 11, 2014

Mid-Atlantic

2017 Letters Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan March 13, 2017
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 15, 2017
North Carolina - Gov. Roy Cooper February 27, 2017
Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Wolf March 10, 2017
2016 Letters  
Delaware - Gov. Jack A. Markell March 11, 2016
Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan March 11, 2016
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie March 11, 2016
Virginia - Gov. Terrence R. McAuliffe March 11, 2016
2015 Letters  
North Carolina - Gov. Patrick McCrory March 13, 2015
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie March 12, 2015
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 10, 2015
Virginia - Gov. Terrence R. McAuliffe March 11, 2015
2014 Letters  
Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley March 4, 2014
North Carolina - Gov. Patrick McCrory March 14, 2014
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo March 13, 2014
Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Corbett March 13, 2014
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie March 10, 2014

South Atlantic

2017 Letters
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 13, 2017
South Carolina - Gov. Henry McMaster March 9, 2017
2016 Letters  
South Carolina - Gov. Nikki R. Haley March 9, 2016
2015 Letters  
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 11, 2015
Georgia - Gov. Nathan Deal March 10, 2015
North Carolina - Gov. Patrick McCrory March 13, 2015
2014 Letters  
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 14, 2014
South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley March 17, 2014

Caribbean

2016 Letters
U.S. Virgin Islands - Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp March 1, 2016
2015 Letters  
Puerto Rico - Gov. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla March 6, 2015
U.S. Virgin Islands - Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp February 26, 2015
2014 Letters  
Puerto Rico - Gov. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla March 10, 2014

Gulf of Mexico

2017 Letters
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley March 13, 2017
Florida -Gov. Rick Scott March 13, 2017
Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards March 9, 2017
Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott March 13, 2017
2016 Letters  
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 14, 2016
Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards March 9, 2016
Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant March 10, 2016
Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott March 9, 2016
2015 Letters  
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley March 11, 2015
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 11, 2015
Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal
    - Addendum (3/30/15)
March 10, 2015
Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant March 10, 2015
Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott March 11, 2015
2014 Letters  
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley March 7, 2014
Texas - Gov. Rick Perry March 13, 2014
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott March 14, 2014

Pacific

2017 Letters
Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown March 13, 2017
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee  February 8, 2017
2016 Letters  
California - Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. March 15, 2016
Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter March 28, 2016
2015 Letters  
California - Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. March 10, 2015
Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown February 26, 2015
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee  March 10, 2015
2015 Tribal Government Letters  
Hoopa Valley Tribe - Vice Chairwoman Wendy George March 12, 2015
Muckleshoot Tribe - Chairwoman Virginia Cross Undated
Nez Perce Tribe - Chairman Silas C. Whitman March 13, 2015
Quileute Tribe- Chairman Charles Woodruff March 12, 2015
Quinault Tribe - President Fawn R. Sharp. March 13, 2015
Upper Skagit - Chair USIT Jennifer Washington March 11, 2015
Warm Springs Tribe - Chairman Eugene Greene, Jr. March 2, 2015
Yurok Tribe - Chairman Thomas O'rourke March 12, 2015
2014 Letters  
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee  March 10, 2014
Oregon - Gov. John Kitzhaber March 6, 2014

North Pacific

2017 Letters
Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker March 7, 2017
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee March 15, 2017
2016 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker March 9, 2016
2015 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Bill Walker March 13, 2015
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee March 10, 2015
2014 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell March 11, 2014
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee February 26, 2014

Western Pacific

2017 Letters
American Samoa - Gov. Lolo M. Moliga
April 28, 2017
CNMI - Acting Gov. Victor B. Hocog
April 25, 2017
2016 Letters  
American Samoa - Gov. Lolo M. Moliga March 7, 2016
Hawaii - Gov. David K. Ige March 15, 2016
2015 Letters  
Guam - Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo March 9, 2015
Hawaii - Gov. David K. Ige March 9, 2015
2014 Letters  
CNMI - Gov. Eloy Inos March 15, 2014
American Samoa - Gov. Lolo M. Moliga March 11, 2014
Hawaii - Gov. Neil Abercrombie March 7, 2014