The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) is soliciting scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Socio-Economic Panel. Membership is open to any qualified scientist, regardless of affiliation or geographic location. The Council will review applications at its December 2023 meeting. Applications received by Monday, November 27, 2023 will be submitted to the Council for consideration.
The SAFMC is one of eight regional fishery management councils in the country. Each council has an SSC responsible for reviewing the scientific basis of council management plans and actions and developing fishing level recommendations in accordance with national fisheries management guidelines. The South Atlantic Council’s SSC meets at least twice a year to address a broad range of topics, including stock assessments, management action evaluations, social and economic analyses, habitat evaluations and ecosystem management issues. SSC members also play a key role in developing and reviewing stock assessments through participation in SEDAR: the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review program.
The South Atlantic Council’s SSC has a specific sub-group, known as the Socio-Economic Panel (SEP), that is made up of social scientists and economists who advise the SSC and the Council on social and economic topics that relate to fisheries management measures and analyses. The SEP typically meets once a year over a two-day period. The SEP members serve 5-year terms and may be appointed to multiple terms.
Scientific and Statistical Committee Applications
The Council appoints SSC members to 3-year terms. Membership terms are staggered so that approximately 1/3 of the membership is considered for reappointment each year, and there is no limitation on the number of terms a member may serve. Anyone with expertise and experience in the areas of fisheries biology, population dynamics, fisheries research and monitoring, and social and economic analyses of natural resources, especially as applied to fish species in the South Atlantic, is encouraged to apply by submitting a complete application that includes: (1) Cover Letter, (2) current Curriculum Vitae, and (3) NOAA Fisheries Financial Disclosure Form. The cover letter should highlight qualifications and experience and indicate receipt and acceptance of the SAFMC SSC job description. All applicants will be subject to a background check and required to review the SAFMC’s handbook and code of conduct policies.
Full duties and expectations of SSC members are described in the SAFMC SSC job description. This document along with additional information for the SSC including the financial disclosure form and peer review process, may be found at the SAFMC SSC homepage.
Complete applications should be emailed as a single PDF attachment to Dr. Judd Curtis, email@example.com by Monday, November 27, 2023. Further details on the application process or questions may be obtained by email or by phone at (843) 302-8441.
Socio-Economic Panel Applications
Anyone with expertise and experience in the areas of social science, economics, political science, anthropology, social and economic research and monitoring, and/or social and economic analyses of natural resources, especially as applied to fish species in the South Atlantic Region, is encouraged to apply by submitting a CV, cover letter, and completing the NOAA Fisheries Financial Statement available from the Council website. The cover letter should highlight qualifications and experience. All applicants will be subject to a background check and required to review the SAFMC’s handbook and code of conduct policies.
Questions and completed applications should be submitted to John Hadley at John.Hadley@safmc.net or 843-302-8432.