Request for Nominations: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel

October 05, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is soliciting nominations to fill 3 commercial, 4 recreational, 3 academic, and 1 environmental vacancy on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel.

Nominations are being sought to fill 11 of the seats on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel. NOAA Fisheries consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans or amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. Nominations for the HMS Advisory Panel will be accepted to allow representation from commercial and recreational fishing interests, the scientific community, and the environmental community who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries. Panel members serve three-year terms, with approximately one‑third of the total members’ terms expiring on December 31 of each year. 

Individuals with definable interests in recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, the environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership on the HMS Advisory Panel. Nominations are welcomed from both individuals and constituent groups. 

Qualifications 

Qualification for membership includes one or more of the following: (1) experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries (e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) experience representing a private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, or environmental, governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS.

Nomination Packages

Complete submissions should include:

  1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest or expertise in HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, tunas, or billfish and specifically describe how the nominee meets the criteria below;
  2. Contact information including mailing address, phone, and email of the nominee;
  3. A statement of background and/or qualifications;
  4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings and tasks of the HMS AP; and
  5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her disposal to communicate HMS issues to various interest groups.

Submit by email with the subject line “HMS AP nominations” to HMSAP.Nominations@noaa.gov.

Submit by U.S. mail to Peter Cooper, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

Nomination packages are due by November 8, 2018.

Each sector must be adequately represented, and the intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an appropriate and equitable balance and a mix of interests given the responsibilities of the HMS Advisory Panel. Therefore, we will seek to fill vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current representation from each of the sectors, and secondarily by species expertise and/or representation from different regions. The species expertise listed in the table below indicates the current makeup on the panel and does not necessarily indicate a requirement for expertise in that particular species.

Sector

Fishing Region

Species

Date Appointed

Date Term Expires

Member Status

Academic

All

Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Academic

All

Tuna

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Academic

Gulf of Mexico/Southeast

Shark

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Academic

Southeast

Swordfish/HMS

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Commercial

Southeast

Shark

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

All

HMS

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

Northeast

Tuna

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

Gulf of Mexico/Southeast

Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

Northeast

Tuna

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

Northeast

Tuna

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Commercial

Southeast

Shark

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Commercial

Southeast

Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Commercial

Northeast

Tuna

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Commercial

Mid-Atlantic

HMS/Shark

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Commercial

Mid-Atlantic

Swordfish/Tuna

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Commercial

Gulf of Mexico

Shark

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Environmental

All

Shark

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Environmental

All

HMS

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Environmental

All

Tuna

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Environmental

All

HMS

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Recreational

All

Billfish

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic

Shark

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic

Tuna/Billfish

1/1/2018

12/31/2020

Active

Recreational

Northeast

Tuna/Shark

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Recreational

Northeast

HMS

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic

HMS

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Recreational

Southeast

Billfish/HMS

1/1/2016

12/31/2018

Expiring

Recreational

Northeast

HMS

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic

Tuna

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Recreational

Mid-Atlantic

HMS

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Recreational

Southeast

Billfish

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active

Recreational

Gulf of Mexico

HMS

1/1/2017

12/31/2019

Active