Request for Nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee

NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The advisory committee, to be composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.

Nominations must be received no later than February 25, 2013.


ADDRESSES: Nominations should be directed to Michael Tosatto, Acting Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, and may be submitted by any of the following means:


     Email: Include in the subject line the 

following document identifier: ``Advisory committee nominations''. 

Email comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 


     Mail or hand delivery: 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110, 

Honolulu, HI 96814.

     Facsimile: 808-973-2941.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oriana Villar, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone:  808-944-2256; facsimile: 808-973-2941; email:


 The Convention and the Commission

    The objective of the Convention is to ensure, through effective 

management, the long-term conservation and sustainable use of highly 

migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean in 

accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 

10 December 1982 (UNCLOS) and the Agreement for the Implementation of 

the Provisions of the UNCLOS Relating to the Conservation and 

Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. 

The Convention establishes the Commission, the secretariat of which is 

based in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.

    The Convention applies to all highly migratory fish stocks (defined 

as all fish stocks of the species listed in Annex I of the UNCLOS 

occurring in the Convention Area, and such other species of fish as the 

Commission may determine), except sauries.

    The United States actively supported the negotiations and the 

development of the Convention and signed the Convention in 2000. It 

participated as a cooperating non-member of the Commission since 2005 

and became a Contracting Party to the Convention and a full member of 

the Commission when it ratified the Convention in January 2007. Under 

the Act, the United States will be represented on the Commission by 

five Commissioners.

 Advisory Committee

     The Act (16 U.S.C. 6902) provides (in section 6902(d)) that the 

Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the United States 

Commissioners to the Commission, will appoint certain members of the 

advisory committee established under the Act.

    The members to be appointed to the advisory committee are to 

include not less than 15 nor more than 20 individuals selected from the 

various groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Convention, 

providing, to the extent practicable, an equitable balance among such 

groups. On behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, NMFS is now seeking 

nominations for these appointments.

    In addition to the 15-20 appointed members, the advisory committee 

also includes the chair of the Western Pacific Fishery Management 

Council's Advisory Committee (or designee), and officials of the 

fisheries management authorities of American Samoa, Guam, and the 

Northern Mariana Islands (or their designees).

    Members of the advisory committee will be invited to attend all 

non-executive meetings of the United States Commissioners to the 

Commission and at such meetings will be given opportunity to examine 

and be heard on all proposed programs of investigation, reports, 

recommendations, and regulations of the Commission.

    Each appointed member of the advisory committee will serve for a 

term of two years and is eligible for reappointment. This request for 

nominations is for the term to begin on or after August 2, 2013 and is 

for a term of two consecutive years.

    The Secretaries of Commerce and State will furnish the advisory 

committee with relevant information concerning fisheries and 

international fishery agreements.

    NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, will provide to the 

advisory committee administrative and technical support services as are 

necessary for its effective functioning.

    Appointed members of the advisory committee will serve without pay, 

but while away from their homes or regular places of business in the 

performance of services for the advisory committee will be allowed 

travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same 

manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service are 

allowed expenses under section 5703 of title 5, United States Code. 

They will not be considered Federal employees while performing service 

as members of the advisory committee except for the purposes of injury 

compensation or tort claims liability as provided in chapter 81 of 

title 5, United States Code and Chapter 171 of title 28, United States 


 Procedure for Submitting Nominations

     Nominations for the advisory committee should be submitted to NMFS 

(see ADDRESSES). This request for nominations is for first time 

nominees as well as current Advisory Committee members. Self 

nominations are acceptable. Nominations should include the following 

information: (1) Full name, address, telephone, facsimile, and email of 

nominee; (2) nominee's organization(s) or professional affiliation(s) 

serving as the basis for the nomination, if any; and (3) a background 

statement, not to exceed one page in length, describing the nominee's 

qualifications, experience and interests, specifically as related to 

the fisheries covered by the Convention.