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Nominations Sought for New Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force

November 20, 2019

UPDATE: Application deadline has been extended through February 21, 2020 for the Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

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NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) are pleased to announce a call for nominations for the new Recreational Electronic Reporting Task Force. This Task Force will provide expert advice to MAFAC, and subsequently NOAA Fisheries leadership, on the generation, delivery, and use of electronically reported data from private recreational anglers to assist NOAA Fisheries in fulfilling its mission activities.

The outcomes of the Task Force will contribute to the development of an agency roadmap to advance and guide implementation, where appropriate, of electronic data collection in private recreational fisheries.

The Task Force will be comprised of approximately 10 individuals who demonstrate subject matter expertise and experience in one or more relevant fields. These include:

  • Sampling statistics.
  • Survey methodologies.
  • Citizen science.
  • Fishery stock assessment science.
  • Electronic monitoring or reporting.
  • Fisheries management.
  • Database development and/or management.
  • Mobile technology applications (apps).
  • Marine recreational fishing.

Not all Task Force members need be scientists or researchers. However, other members should have experience with issues related to the generation, delivery, and or use of opt-in electronic data, public attitudes about participating in such programs, or similar ecological self-reporting data systems from which parallels can be drawn. Additionally, at least one member of MAFAC will serve as a member of the Task Force.

All subject matter experts who meet the membership criteria outlined in the Federal Register Notice are invited to submit nomination materials. Self-nominations are acceptable. Membership is voluntary and, except for any potential reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay. Further details are in the original Federal Register Notice, the notice extending the nomination period, and are described in the Terms of Reference for the Task Force.

How to submit a nomination:  Nominations should be addressed to Heidi Lovett and must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before February 21, 2020 (NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; or

For more information please contact: Assistant Executive Director, MAFAC or (301) 427-8034.

Last updated by Office of Policy on January 21, 2020