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May 29 2014

Southerland Takes Leading Role in Fisheries Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II took a leading role today in the House Natural Resources Committee’s approval of legislation reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing America’s fisheries. The committee approved on a bipartisan basis five Southerland amendments injecting common sense into fishery data collection and fishery disaster declarations.

“Today’s votes in committee were the first step in ensuring our fishermen have a voice in establishing any new catch share programs, while addressing inflexibility in rebuilding plans and moving us closer to a data collection solution,” said Southerland. “At a time when our coastal communities are suffering due to flawed fishery management based on inadequate science, I am pleased this bill puts us on a path to a more common sense approach that addresses the problems we currently face in the Gulf of Mexico. I look forward to ensuring our fishermen’s interests are addressed as I work with members of both parties to pass a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization in the House this year.”

The Southerland provisions approved by the committee would:

• Direct the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to issue a fishery disaster determination within 90 days of receiving a request;

• Ensure that the tens of thousands of red snapper killed by rig removal explosions, also known as “Idle Iron,” are not counted against the annual catch limit for Gulf fishermen;

• Ensure that red snapper confiscated from illegal foreign poachers are not counted against the total allowable catch for American fishermen;

• Prohibit the harvest rights of fish allocated for public consumption to be traded away from the commercial sector by sale or lease.

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NEWS

Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Nominations accepted through July 7, 2014.

(May 23, 2014)  The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce.  The Committee draws on its members’ expertise and other sources to evaluate and make recommendations to the Secretary and NOAA on the development and implementation of Department regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  

MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, protected resources, and marine habitat interests; environmental, academic, tribal, consumer, and other related national interests.  Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and between-meeting subcommittee work.  Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms, if re-appointed. 

The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) who reports to the Secretary.

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are detailed in the Federal Register notice

For more information please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


MAFAC current schedule of known in-person outreach events, CLICK HERE   This will be updated as new events are added or specific dates are identified.  If there is a meeting near you, PLEASE do your best to attend, and have folks from your community attend.

In addition to the in-person events list review the quick fact sheet. CLICK HERE  that you should feel free to share, and last but not least, the website! http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/recreational/policy/index.html MAFAC will be accepting online comment soon, but for now the website is the place to find everything you may want to know about their process, including info for a few webinars.


NOPC Update
I. Mid-Atlantic RPB Approves Ocean Planning Framework, Charts Next Moves
The
 Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB) convened in Baltimore, MD last week for its second in-person meeting
 
The RPB approved a
 regional ocean planning framework, talked about next steps to carry out the goals and objectives identified in the approved framework, received briefings on and discussed energy, habitat, and navigation-related activities in the Mid-Atlantic, and heard public comments (see summaries below, and meeting presentations are available here).  The RPB noted that some things not reflected in the approved framework could still be incorporated going forward.

II. NOAA Regulations for New Sanctuary Nomination Process Expected In June
The
 Unified Agenda released by the White House Office of Management and Budgetlast week projects that NOAA will take final action in June to re-establish the national marine sanctuary nomination process.

III. Infrastructure Bill Includes Resiliency Provision, Excludes Ocean Endowment
Following six months of congressional negotiations that culminated with the
announcement of a conference agreement earlier this month, the U.S. House andSenate last week passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.

IV. NOAA Seeks To Fill Vacancies On 8 Nat’l. Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils
NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries earlier this month
 announced that it is seeking applications for vacancies on 8 national marine sanctuary advisory councils.

V. NOAA Seeks Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Applications 
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) last week
 announced that it is seeking applications to fill upcoming vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) beginning in fall 2014.  Nominations are due by Monday, July 7, 2014
Please read the complete NOPC Update by Clicking Here

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