Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel


NOAA Fisheries consults with, and considers the comments of the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel (HMS AP) when preparing and implementing fishery management plans or amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. 

The members of the HMS AP represent commercial and recreational fishing interests, the scientific community, and the environmental community who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries. HMS AP Members serve three-year terms, with approximately one-third of the total HMS AP members' terms expiring on December 31 of each year.

Advisory Panel Members

The persons listed below were appointed by NOAA Fisheries for the specific terms indicated.

Name Sector Association Term Email Address
Andre Boustany Academic Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Robert Hueter Academic Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
David Kerstetter Academic Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Walter Golet Academic University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and Gulf of Maine Research Institute 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Luke Harris Commercial Pure Harvest Seafood 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Martin Scanlon Commercial F/V Provider II 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Jeff Oden Commercial F/V Sea Bound 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Russell Hudson Commercial Directed Sustainable Fisheries, Inc. 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Scott Taylor Commercial Dayboat Seafood 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Andrew Marshall Commercial F/V Typhoon 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Terri Beideman Commercial United States Seafood Industry Association 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Charles Kluck Commercial   1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
George Purmont Commercial   1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Raymond Kane Commercial Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
David Schalit Commercial American Bluefin Tuna Association 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Tim Pickett Commercial Lindgren-Pitman, Inc. 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Shana Miller Environmental The Ocean Foundation 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Katie Westfall Environmental Environmental Defense Fund 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Benjamin Carr Environmental   1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Sonja Fordham Environmental Shark Advocates International 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Robert Bogan Recreational   1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Charles Caplinger Recreational New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Stephen Iwicki Recreational   1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Patrick Augustine Recreational   1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Andrew Cox Recreational Marlin Magazine 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2019
Rick Bellavance Recreational R.I. Party and Charter Boat Association 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Robert Navarro Recreational Fly Zone Fishing 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Michael Pierdinock Recreational CPF Charters "Perseverance"; Recreational Fishing Alliance 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Rick Weber Recreational South Jersey Marina 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
Jason Schratwieser Recreational International Game Fish Association 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Mark Sampson Recreational Ocean City Charterboat Captains Association 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Greg Mayer Recreational F/V Fishin' Frenzy 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2020
Marcos Hanke Council Rep Caribbean Fishery Management Council N/A
Tom Frazer Council Rep Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council N/A
Anna Beckwith Council Rep South Atlantic Fishery Management Council N/A
Dewey Hemilright Council Rep Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council N/A
Michael Sissenwine Council Rep New England Fishery Management Council N/A
David Donaldson Commission Rep Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission N/A
Kirby Rootes-Murdy Commission Rep Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission N/A
Gregory Skomal State Rep Massachusetts Marine Fisheries N/A
Wallace Jenkins State Rep South Carolina Department of Natural Resources N/A
Marcus Drymon State Rep Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant - State Rep for Alabama N/A
Angel Willey State Rep Maryland Department of Natural Resources N/A
Jason Adriance State Rep Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries N/A
Perry Trial State Rep Texas Parks and Wildlife Department N/A
Martha Guyas State Rep Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission N/A
Randy Gregory State Rep North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries N/A
Carolyn Belcher State Rep Georgia Department of Natural Resources N/A
John Graves ICCAT Advisory Committee Virginia Institute of Marine Science N/A

Note: The terms of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Advisory Commission, the regional fishery management councils, state agencies, and fisheries commissions do not expire and assignment and substitution of these Advisory Panel (AP) representatives is at their discretion of the respective agencies.


NOAA Fisheries holds periodic meetings of the Atlantic HMS Advisory Panel to consider alternatives for the conservation and management of highly migratory species. Below are links to agendas and materials from upcoming and past meetings.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Fall 2018 TBD

Past Meetings




  • December 1-2, 2016
  • September 7-8, 2016
  • March 29-31, 2016

For information about past meetings not listed here, please contact