Federal Fishery Advisory Panel Seats Open to Applicants

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July 15, 2010 CONTACT: Kim Iverson
Public Information Officer
(843) 571-4366

Federal Fishery Advisory Panel Seats Open to Applicants

Applications due by August 20, 2010

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications for seats currently available on its advisory panels. 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 15 separate advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery or group of fishes to be managed. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, conservationists, 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 the AP can reapply for their positions. These seats also become open to new applicants. AP 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                    
3 Scientist Seats
1 Recreational (non-Coral Harvester) Seat
1 Commercial fisherman (non-Coral Harvester) Seat

Habitat Advisory Panel                    
1 Georgia NGO/Environmental Seat

Information & Education Advisory Panel                    
1 Open Seat

Mackerel Advisory Panel                   
1 Georgia Recreational Seat

Law Enforcement Advisory Panel                    
2 Open Seats 
Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel                    
4 Open Seats

Note! Previously sector and state specific seats were advertised on the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel. Please note that these seats are open to interested applicants of all backgrounds.

If you are interested in serving as a member on the Council's advisory panels, please submit an application to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. Download Application (pdf) or contact the Council office at 843/571-4366 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10 for a copy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact area Council representatives to discuss their interest in serving.

Advisory panel members will be selected during the next meeting of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, scheduled for September 13-17, 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina. Applications must be received by August 20, 2010.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, one of eight regional councils, conserves and manages fish stocks from three to 200 miles offshore of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and east Florida.

Federal Fishery Advisory Panel Seats Open to Applicants