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US Commerce Department Announces 2012 Regional Fishery Council Appointments

US - The Commerce Department has announced the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAAs Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks.

The councils were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their regions. NOAAs Fisheries Service works closely with the councils as plans are developed, and then reviews, approves, and implements the fishery management plans.

Im pleased to announce our newest members to the regional fishery management councils, said Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for NOAAs Fisheries Service. Along with their colleagues, these new council members will help shape the science-based management of US fisheries and continue the strong commitment to turning the corner on ending overfishing, rebuilding fish stocks and achieving and maintaining sustainable fisheries and vibrant fishing communities.

Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental interests and academia, and carry out the acts requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks, and manage them sustainably. Each year, approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. NOAAs Fisheries Service selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments and oversees the annual appointment process.

The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 11. Council members are appointed to both obligatory seats, which are specific to a state, and at-large seats which can be filled by a person from any of the states in the councils region. Council members may be reappointed to serve three consecutive three-year terms.

To view the appointments please follow http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2012/20120625_fishcouncil.html

Lucy Towers

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