30 New and Returning Members to the 8 Regional Fishery Management Councils

The Commerce Department announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA’s Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks. To view appointments for all 8 councils please click read more...

New England Council—The New England Council includes members from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and one at-large seat.

Obligatory seats:

John F. Quinn (Massachusetts)

Matthew G. McKenzie (Connecticut)

*David “Dave” E. Preble (Rhode Island)

Terry A. Alexander (Maine)

At-large seat:

Vincent M. Balzano (Maine)

Mid-Atlantic Council—The Mid-Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for New Jersey and Virginia and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:

*Christopher J. Zeman (New Jersey)

Jeffrey Deem (Virginia)

At-large seats:

Anthony “Tony” D. Dilernia (New York)

*Preston “Pres” P. Pate (North Carolina)

South Atlantic Council—The South Atlantic Council includes members from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Florida and Georgia and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:

*Benjamin “Ben” Hartig III (Florida)

Steve “BC” A. Amick (Georgia)

At-large seats:

*Charles M. Phillips (Georgia)

Anna B. Beckwith (North Carolina)

Caribbean Council—The Caribbean Council includes members from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The appointees for 2012 fill an obligatory seat for the U.S. Virgin Islands and one at-large seat.

Obligatory seat:

*Carolos F. Farchette (United States Virgin Islands)

At-large seat:

Eugenio “Geno” Pinero-Soler (Puerto Rico)

Gulf Council—The Gulf Council includes members from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:

*John “Johnny” R. Greene Jr. (Alabama)

Juan “John” M. Sanchez (Florida)

Campo “Camp” E. Matens (Louisiana)

At-large seats:

*Harlon H. Pearce Jr. (Louisiana)

William “Corky” S. Perret (Mississippi)

Pacific Council—The Pacific Council includes members from California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for California, Oregon and tribal governments and two at-large seats.

Obligatory seats:

*David M. Crabbe (California)

*Dorothy Lowman (Oregon)

David B. Sones (Tribal)

At-large seats:

*William Buzz” L. Brizendine (California)

*Dale Myer (Washington)

North Pacific Council—The North Pacific Council includes members from Alaska and Washington. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for both states.

Obligatory seats:

Howard D. “Dan” Hull (Alaska)

Robert E. “Ed” Dersham (Alaska)

Craig Cross (Washington)

Western Pacific Council—The Western Pacific Council includes members from American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The appointees for 2012 fill obligatory seats for American Samoa, Guam, and Hawaii. The appointee for the obligatory seat from American Samoa will be announced at a later date.

Obligatory seats:

Michael P. Duenas (Guam)

Michael K. Goto (Hawaii)

 *Reappointment

The councils were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their regions. NOAA’s Fisheries Service works closely with the councils as plans are developed, and then reviews, approves, and implements the fishery management plans.