Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Member Sought

NMFS solicits 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, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (10) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership in the HMS AP (note that there are no Environmental/NGO terms expiring, so no nominations for that sector will be considered at this time).

DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods:

     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include in the subject line the following identifier: ``HMS AP Nominations.''

     Mail: Jenni Wallace, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

     Fax: 301-713-1917.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jenni Wallace at (301) 427-8503.

Introduction

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104-297, provided that the Secretary may establish Advisory Panels to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP) or FMP amendment for any highly migratory species fishery that is under the Secretary's authority. NMFS has consulted with the HMS AP on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999); the HMS FMP (April 1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003); the Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006); Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to the Consolidated HMS FMP (April and October 2008, February and September 2009, May and September 2010, April and September 2011, and March 2012); among other relevant fishery management issues.

Procedures and Guidelines

A. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the Advisory Panel

    Nomination packages should include:

    1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest in 

HMS or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, tunas, or billfish;

    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 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.

Qualifications for HMS AP Membership

    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) representation of a 

private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international 

organization representing marine fisheries; or environmental, 

governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS.

Tenure for the HMS AP

    Member tenure will be for 3 years (36 months), with approximately 

one-third of the members' terms expiring on December 31 of each year. 

Nominations are sought for terms beginning January 2013 and expiring 

December 2015.

B. Participants

    Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation 

from commercial and recreational fishing interests, and the scientific 

community, who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS 

fisheries. Current representation on the HMS AP, as shown in Table 1, 

consists of 12 members representing commercial interests, 12 members 

representing recreational interests, 4 members representing 

environmental interests, 4 academic representatives, and the 

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) 

Advisory Committee Chairperson. Each HMS AP member serves a 3-year term 

with approximately one-third of the total number of seats (33) expiring 

on December 31 of each year. NMFS seeks to fill 2 commercial, 5 

recreational, and 3 academic vacancies by December 31, 2012. NMFS will 

seek to fill vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current 

representation from each of the sectors. NMFS also considers species 

expertise and representation from the fishing regions (Northeast, Mid-

Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean) to ensure the 

diversity and balance of the AP. Table 1 includes the current 

representation on the HMS AP by sector, region and species with terms 

that are expiring identified in bold. It is not meant to indicate that 

NMFS will only consider persons who have expertise in the species or 

fishing regions that are listed. Rather, NMFS will aim toward having as 

diverse and balanced an AP as possible.

 

                  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; the AP SOPPs only dictate representation by Sector.]

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                                                                                                     Date term

              Sector                    Fishing Region            Species         Date appointed      expires

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Academic..........................  All..................  Swordfish/Tuna.......        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

Academic..........................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Academic..........................  Southeast/Gulf of      Shark................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

                                     Mexico.

Academic..........................  Southeast............  Swordfish/HMS........        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Commercial........................  Northeast............  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................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Commercial........................  Southeast............  Swordfish/Tuna.......        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Commercial........................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Commercial........................  Mid-Atlantic.........  HMS/Shark............        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Commercial........................  Southeast............  Swordfish............        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Commercial........................  Gulf of Mexico.......  Shark................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Commercial........................  Gulf of Mexico.......  Shark................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Environmental.....................  All..................  Shark................        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

Environmental.....................  Gulf of Mexico.......  HMS..................        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

Environmental.....................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

 

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Environmental.....................  All..................  Tuna.................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Recreational......................  Gulf of Mexico/        Billfish/Tuna........        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

                                     Southeast.

Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  HMS..................        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  Tuna.................        1/1/2012      12/31/2014

Recreational......................  Northeast............  Tuna/Shark...........        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Recreational......................  Southeast............  Swordfish............        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Recreational......................  Northeast............  Tuna.................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Recreational......................  Southeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Recreational......................  Northeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2010      12/31/2012

Recreational......................  Southeast............  HMS..................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Recreational......................  Mid-Atlantic.........  HMS..................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Recreational......................  Southeast............  Billfish.............        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

Recreational......................  Gulf of Mexico.......  HMS..................        1/1/2011      12/31/2013

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     Our 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.

    Five additional members on the HMS AP include one member 

representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery 

Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the 

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 

Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The 

HMS AP also includes 22 ex-officio participants: 20 representatives of 

the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate 

commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the 

Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission).

    NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including 

technical assistance, for the HMS AP. However, NMFS will not compensate 

participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on 

availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs 

related to the HMS AP meetings.

C. Meeting Schedule

    Meetings of the HMS AP will be held as frequently as necessary but 

are routinely held twice each year--once in the spring, and once in the 

fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings.

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