The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 29 members to the eight regional fishery management councils. The councils, established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their respective geographical areas of responsibility. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service submits the management plans to the Secretary of Commerce for review and approval.
"With passage of a reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act, the council's members will not only focus on continuing the progress we've made managing our Nation's living marine resources, they will implement the new statutory provisions," said Dr. Bill Hogarth, NOAA Fisheries Service Director. "Again this year, we have selected a group of highly qualified and dedicated individuals to serve on the eight regional fishery management councils."
Council members represent diverse interests, including commercial and recreational fisheries, as well as environmental, academic and other interests from each geographic area. The Secretary of Commerce appoints a total of 72 obligatory and at-large members to the eight regional councils. Council members serve three-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to three consecutive terms. Approximately one-third of the terms expire annually.
Each year on behalf of the Secretary, the director of the National Marine Fisheries Service solicits nominations from the governors of fishing states, and oversees the annual appointment process. The Secretary selects council members from the list of nominees provided by the governors to fill obligatory and at-large seats that have become available due to an expiring term, a resignation or other reason. Obligatory seats are state-specific, while at-large seats are regional in scope.
New England Council
The New England Council includes members from the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and one at-large seat.
Sally E. McGee - Connecticut
James A. Odlin - Maine
Rodney M. Avila - Massachusetts
David E. Preble - Rhode Island
Dana B. Rice, Sr. - Maine
The Mid-Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for New Jersey and Virginia, and two at-large seats.
Edward L. Goldman - New Jersey
Jeffrey D. Deem - Virginia
Laurie A. Nolan - New York
Dennis L. Spitsbergen - North Carolina
South Atlantic Council
The South Atlantic Council includes members from the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for Georgia and Florida, and two at-large seats:
Charles D. Harris - Georgia
Anthony L. Iarocci - Florida
John A. Wallace -Georgia
Benjamin M. Currin -North Carolina
The Caribbean Council includes members from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The appointees for 2006 fill the obligatory seat for the Virgin Islands and one-at large seat.
Virdin C. Brown - U.S. Virgin Islands
Marcos R. Hanke Herrero - Puerto Rico
The Gulf Council includes members from the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for Alabama, Florida and Louisiana and two at-large seats.
Bobbi M. Walker - Alabama
Robert P. Gill - Florida
Susan S. Villere - Louisiana
Harlon H. Pearce - Louisiana
Thomas D. McIlwain - Mississippi
The Pacific Council includes members from the states of California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for California and Oregon. and two at-large seats.
Kathleen A. Fosmark - California
Frank R. Warrens - Oregon
Donald K. Hansen - California
Dale D. Myer - Washington
North Pacific Council
The North Pacific Council includes members from the states of Alaska and Washington. The appointees for 2006 fill obligatory seats for Alaska and Washington.
Arne J. Fuglvog - Alaska
Edward B. Rasmuson - Alaska
David Benson - Washington
Western Pacific Council
The Western Pacific Council includes members from the American-flagged Pacific islands of American Samoa and Guam, the state of Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The appointees for 2006 fill the obligatory seats for American Samoa and Guam.
Stephen Haleck - American Samoa
Manuel P. Duenas, II - Guam