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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:
Council Nomination Letters:

New England

     
New England
2014 Letters  
Maine - Gov. Paul LePage Mar 15, 2014
Massachusetts - Gov. Deval Patrick Mar 10, 2014
New Hampshire - Gov. Maggie Hassan Mar 11, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Mar 8, 2013
Massachusetts - Gov. Deval L. Patrick Mar 15, 2013
New Hampshire - Gov. Margaret Wood Hassan Mar 11, 2013
Rhode Island - Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee Mar 8, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
Maine - Gov. Paul R. LePage Mar 15, 2012
Massachusetts - Gov. Deval L. Patrick Mar 15, 2012
Rhode Island - Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee
    - Addendum (3/30/12)
Mar 13, 2012
New Hampshire - Gov. John H. Lynch Mar 6, 2012
Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Mar 12, 2012
 

Mid-Atlantic

     
Mid-Atlantic
2014 Letters  
Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley Mar 4, 2014
North Carolina - Gov. Patrick McCrory Mar 14, 2014
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo Mar 13, 2014
Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Corbett Mar 13, 2014
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie Mar 10, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
Deleware - Gov. Jack A. Markell Mar 14, 2013
Maryland - Gov. Martin O'Malley Mar 14, 2013
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie Mar 13, 2013
Pennsylvania - Gov. Tom Corbett Mar 12, 2013
Virginia - Gov. Robert F. McDonnell Mar 14, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie Mar 14, 2012
New York - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Mar 12, 2012
North Carolina - Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue Mar 6, 2012
Virginia - Gov. Robert F. McDonnell Apr 4, 2012
 

South Atlantic

     
South Atlantic
2014 Letters  
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 14, 2014
South Carolina - Gov. Nikki Haley Mar 17, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory Apr 8, 2013
South Carolina - Gov. Nikki R. Haley Mar 21, 2013
Georgia - Gov. Nathan Deal Aug 7, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
North Carolina - Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue Mar 6, 2012
Georgia - Gov. Nathan Deal Mar 7, 2012
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 15, 2012
 

Caribbean

     
Caribbean
2014 Letters  
Puerto Rico - Gov. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla Mar 10, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
U.S. Virgin Islands - Gov. John P. de Jongh, Jr. Mar 30, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
Puerto Rico - Gov. Luis G Fortuno
    - Addendum (3/27/12)
Mar 12, 2012
U.S. Virgin Islands - Gov. John P. de Jongh, Jr. May 3, 2012
 

Gulf of Mexico

     
Gulf of Mexico
2014 Letters  
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley Mar 7, 2014
Texas - Gov. Rick Perry Mar 13, 2014
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 14, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley Mar 11, 2013
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 14, 2013
Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant
    - Addendum (3/26/13)
    - Update (4/12/13)
Mar 14, 2013
Texas - Gov. Rick Perry Mar 12, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
Texas - Gov. Rick Perry Mar 14, 2012
Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal Mar 2, 2012
Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant Undated
Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley Undated
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 15, 2012
Florida - Gov. Rick Scott Mar 20, 2012
 

Pacific

     
Pacific
2014 Letters  
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee  Mar 10, 2014
Oregon - Gov. John Kitzhaber Mar 6, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
California - Gov. Edmund G.Brown Jr Mar 20, 2013
Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter
    - Addendum (3/19/13)
Mar 14, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
California - Gov. Edmund G.Brown Jr Mar 14, 2012
California - Gov. Edmund G.Brown Jr Mar 21, 2012
Washington - Gov. Christine O. Gregoire Feb 23, 2012
Washington MakahTribe - Chairman Micah McCarty Mar 15, 2012
Oregon - Gov. John A. Kitzhaber, MD Mar 8, 2012
Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter Feb 2, 2012
 

North Pacific

     
North Pacific
2014 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell Mar 11, 2014
Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee Feb 26, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell Mar 14, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
Alaska - Gov. Sean Parnell Mar 13, 2012
Washington - Gov. Christine O. Gregoire Mar 14, 2012
 

Western Pacific

     
Western Pacific
2014 Letters  
CNMI - Gov. Eloy Inos Mar 15, 2014
American Samoa - Gov. Lolo Moliga Mar 11, 2014
Hawaii - Gov. Neil Abercrombie Mar 7, 2014
 
 
 
2013 Letters  
American Samoa - Gov. Lolo L. Moliga Mar 15, 2013
Hawaii - Gov. Neil Abercrombie Mar 8, 2013
 
   
 
2012 Letters  
Hawaii - Gov. Neil Abercrombie Mar 9, 2012
American Samoa - Gov. Togiola T.A. Tulafono Mar 15, 2012
Guam - Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo Mar 15, 2012