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November 2018 Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

This is a meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises NOAA and the Department of Commerce on living marine resource issues. PLEASE NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE! The meeting is now at NOAA Headquarters, 1315 East West Highway, Conference Room 4527, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Each day of this meeting is accessible by the public via webinar and teleconference. At the top of each day's schedule is the information to access the meeting.







8:30 - 8:45


Welcome, Introductions, & Agenda Review

  • Introduction of Members attending their first meeting

Erika Feller, Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy

8:45 - 9:05

Report from the Assistant Administrator

Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries

9:05 - 10:00

Fishing Effort Survey

  • What it measures and how it is different
  • Update on the survey transition
  • Implications of revised data
  • Calibration outreach efforts

Annotated agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Presentation slides (PDF, 22 pages)

Kelly Denit, Division Chief, Domestic Fisheries, Office of Sustainable Fisheries

David Van Vorhees, Division Chief, Fisheries Statistics Division, Office of Science & Technology

10:00 - 10:15



10:15 - 11:00

Electronic Recreational Fisheries Reporting

  • Overview of MRIP certified e-reporting programs.
  • Update on other e-reporting programs being implemented by Councils.

Annotated agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Presentation slides (PDF, 13 pages)

Rich Cody, ECS Federal LLC
MRIP Program Management Team Member, Office of Science and Technology

11:00 - 12:00

Saltonstall-Kennedy grant-making process and review

  • Overview of the S-K Grant Program
  • Discussion of the review process and priority settings
  • Opportunities for engagement and outreach

Annotated agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Presentation slides (PDF, 27 pages)

Link to Salstonstall-Kennedy Act

Dan Namur, Director, External Funding Division, Office of Management and Budget

Cliff Cosgrove, Manager, S-K Grant Program

12:00 - 1:30



1:30 - 2:30

Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force

  • Update on qualitative and quantitative goals
  • Update on report development
  • Transmittal plan
  • Next steps

Presentation slides (PDF, 12 pages)

Example of qualitative data gathered for one species, WCR steelhead (PDF, 2 pages)

CBP Task Force Recommendations Report Table of Contents (PDF, 2 pages)

Barry Thom, Regional Administrator for the West Coast

Heath Heikkila, Coastal Conservation Association, Pacific Norwest Fisheries

Jennifer Anders, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Montana, Salish-Kootenai Tribes, and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Katherine Cheney, Public Affairs Specialist, West Coast Region

2:30 - 2:45








2:45 - 4:15

Subcommittees (Open to all members)

Recreational Fisheries Subcommittee

  • Work plan


Strategic Planning Subcommittee (Magnolia Pre-Function)

  • S-K grant program
  • Brainstorming on strategic planning topics

Richard Yamada, Serving for Bob Gill as Subcommittee Co-Chair


Erika Feller, Subcommittee Chair





Convene at NOAA Gateway Exhibit

NOAA Campus, Bldg 2, Plaza Level

(Website here)

David Hall, Public Affairs Officer, NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, and a member of the NOAA Heritage Legacy Program team





9:00 – 9:30

Reports from the State Directors Meeting and Fisheries Commissions

  • Outlook for year ahead

David Donaldson, Executive Director, Gulf States

Randy Fisher, Executive Director, Pacific States

Bob Beal, Executive Director, Atlantic States

9:30 – 10:30

NOAA Fisheries Budget Outlook & Administrative Update

Presentation slides (PDF, 38 pages)

Paul Doremus, PhD, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations

10:30 – 10:45



10:45 – 11:45

NOAA Aquaculture Program Updates

  • Administration activity on aquaculture
  • Implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Developing a Strategic Aquaculture Science Plan (SASP)

Presentation slides (PDF, 16 pages)

David O’Brien, Deputy Director, Office of Aquaculture

Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations

11:45 - 1:15



1:15 – 2:00

Fish and Seafood Promotion Act

  • Overview, history of the Act, and general marketing authorities

Annotated agenda (PDF, 1 page)

Presentation slides (PDF, 17 pages)

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy

2:00 – 3:30

Elevating Consumer Confidence in U.S. Seafood

Panel discussion on U.S. Seafood Promotion

  • Panel experts will discuss consumer behavior and perceptions related to seafood consumption and consumer confidence in U.S. produced seafood.

Background paper (PDF, 2 pages)

Biographies of Panelists (PDF, 2 pages)

John Connelly, President, National Fisheries Institute

Linda Cornish, President, Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Steve Markenson, Director of Research, Food Marketing Institute, “The Power of Seafood”

3:30 – 3:40

Public Comment


3:45 - 5:15

Subcommittees (Open to all members)

Commerce Subcommittee

  • Conversation on consumer behavior and building consumer confidence will continue.
  • Discussion/Approval of Task 2.
  • Discussion/Approval of Aquaculture Task Force recommended topics for the Strategic Aquaculture Science Plan.

Aquaculture Task Force topics as Vision Statement (PDF, 10 pages)

Other Subcommittees -as needed

Roger Berkowitz, Subcommittee Co-Chair

Sebastian Belle, Subcommittee Co-Chair







9:00 – 10:00

Science Enterprise Update

Francisco (Cisco) Werner, PhD, Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor

10:00 – 11:30

Subcommittee Reports

  • Commerce
  • Recreational Fisheries
  • Strategic Planning

Subcommittee Chairs:

Roger Berkowitz and Sebastian Belle

Richard Yamada

Erika Feller

11:30 -12:00

Close Out: Review of Decisions, Action Items, Next Steps, Next Meeting

Erika Feller, Chair

Jennifer Lukens, Director, Office of Policy

12:30 pm



Last updated by Office of Policy on 02/04/2022