10/9/14 – SAFMC News Release: Council Seeks Applicants for Federal Fishery Advisory Panels; Deadline for applications is November 6, 2014

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

October 9, 2014  

(pdf version)

AP Application Form

CONTACT:  Kim Iverson

Public Information Officer

Toll Free 866/SAFMC-10 or 843/571-4366


Council Seeks Applicants for Federal Fishery Advisory Panels

Deadline for applications is November 6, 2014

     The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats. Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of federal fishery management plans. The Council has eleven advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of managed species, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery or managed species. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, and concerned citizens.  Advisory panel members are appointed by the Council and serve for three-year terms, based on the frequency of meetings. As those appointments expire, members currently serving on the AP may reapply for their positions. These seats also become open to new applicants. Term limits are also in place with limits set at three consecutive terms.  During its September meeting, the Council approved changes to the structure of the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel allocating seats by state.

     Advisory Panel members generally meet no more than once or twice each year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings. Applications are now being solicited for the following positions:

Coral Advisory Panel   (1) Coral Scientist
Dolphin Wahoo Advisory Panel


(1) NC Recreational; (1) NC Charter; (1) NC Commercial; (2) SC Recreational; (1) SC Charter; (1) SC Commercial/Dealer; (1) GA Recreational; (1) GA Charter; (2) FL Recreational and (1) FL Charter

Habitat Advisory Panel (2) SC Recreational; (1) SC Conservation; (1) GA Recreational; (1) FL Recreational; (1) FL Commercial; and (1) At-Large Research
Mackerel Advisory Panel (1) NC Commercial; (1) SC Recreational; (2) FL Recreational; (1) FL Charter; (3) FL Commercial; and (1) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (2) Open NC Seats; (2) Open SC Seats; (1) Open GA Seats; and (1) Open NGO Seat
SEDAR Advisory Panel (Pool)* Open Seats; *Applicants appointed to the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Pool are eligible to serve on species-specific panels for future stock assessments. 





Advisory Panel Applicants

     If you are interested in serving as a member on the Council's advisory panels, please contact Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, at Kim.Iverson@safmc.net or call the Council office at 843/571-4366 (Toll Free 866/SAFMC-10). Application forms are available from the Council office and may also be downloaded from the “Advisory Panel” page of the Council’s website at safmc.net/cms.

     Applications should be mailed to Kim Iverson, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact area Council representatives to discuss their interest in serving.  Contact information for all Council members is available from the “About Us” section of the Council’s website at safmc.net/cms or through the Council office.  Advisory panel members will be selected during the Council’s December 1-5, 2014 meeting in New Bern, NC. Advisory panel applications must be received by November 6, 2014 for consideration by the Council during the December meeting.