Council Nomination Process & Guidance
The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and implementing regulations prescribe a process by which the Secretary of Commerce appoints members to the Regional Fishery Management Councils.
On behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, the NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator for Fisheries solicits nominations from governors and facilitates the annual appointments process. In January, NOAA Fisheries sends a letter to each constituent state governor and tribal government, formally requesting nominations for the upcoming Council member vacancies.
NOAA Fisheries provides each constituent state governor and tribal government with a nomination application package. A complete application package is required for any individual seeking nomination or re-nomination to one of the eight councils. The governor or the tribe is responsible for gathering completed nomination information and application packages from their nominees.
A nomination letter and completed applications from a governor or a tribal government must be received by the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries on or before March 15th.
The following documents may be helpful when completing the Nomination Application forms.
- Code of Federal Regulations:
50 CFR 600.215 – Council Nomination & Appointment Process & Procedures
50 CFR 600.235 – Financial Disclosure Requirements
- Financial Disclosure Statement
- Frequent Questions: Financial Disclosure and Financial Interests Form
- Magnuson-Stevens Act: Sec. 302 – Regional Fishery Management Councils
- Reports to Congress
Governors and Tribal Government offices may call the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Operations & Regulatory Services Division at (301) 427-8505 or email questions to Council.Appointments@noaa.gov.