Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Agenda

This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined below.

DATES: The meeting will be held October 23-25, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 240-777-5350.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email:

As required by section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, notice is hereby given of a meeting of MAFAC. The MAFAC was established by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), and, since 1971, advises the Secretary on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The complete charter and summaries of prior meetings are located online at

Matters To Be Considered

    This agenda is subject to change.

    The meeting is convened to hear presentations and discuss policies and guidance on the following topics:

  • NMFS budget and legislative issues
  • Fisheries certification and sustainability
  • Endangered Species Act 
  • Current protected resources issues
  • Revisions to MAFAC's Vision 2020 report       

 The meeting will include discussion of various MAFAC administrative and organizational matters and meetings of the standing subcommittees.