1/11/16 – SAFMC News Release: Council Seeks Applicants for Federal Fishery Advisory Panels

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 

January 11, 2016  

Download PDF version here

Download Advisory Panel Application (revised 2/17/16)

CONTACT:  Kim Iverson

Public Information Officer

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


Council Seeks Applicants for Federal Fishery Advisory Panels 

Fishermen and others interested in participating in federal fisheries management are encouraged to apply for open seats on the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s advisory panels. 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 a three-year period, based on the frequency of meetings. As those appointments expire, members currently serving on an advisory panel may reapply for their positions. These seats also become open to new applicants. Members may serve for three consecutive terms before reaching their term limit. 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:

Golden Crab Advisory Panel (3) Open Seats
Habitat Advisory Panel

(1) NC Recreational Seat

(1) NC Commercial Seat

Information & Education Advisory Panel (1) Open Seat
Mackerel Advisory Panel (5) Open Seats
Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (1) Open Seat
Shrimp Advisory Panel (2) Open Seats
Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel

(2) FL Seats;

(1) GA 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, North Charleston, SC 29405 or submitted via email to the above address.

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 March 7-11, 2016 meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Advisory panel applications must be received by February 10, 2016 for consideration by the Council during the March meeting.