Nominations sought for open positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Nominations accepted through .
(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.
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.
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 theannouncement 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 .
Please read the complete NOPC Update by Clicking Here