[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 237 (Monday, December 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73433-73434]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29758]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC358


Appointments to a Recreational Fisheries Working Group by the 
Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: Nominations are being solicited for appointment to a 
Recreational Fisheries Working Group of the Marine Fisheries Advisory 
Committee (MAFAC). The members will be appointed by MAFAC in 
consultation with NOAA and will serve for an initial term of up to two 
years, with the option to apply to be re-appointed. The term would 
begin in February or March 2013. Nominees should possess demonstrable 
expertise in the management or business of recreational fishing and/or 
fisheries science; a well-informed background in recreational fisheries 
issues; an operational knowledge of federal agencies and interactions 
with the Fishery Management Councils and/or regional and state 
partners; and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for up 
to two annual meetings.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before January 9, 2013, via 
mail or email.

ADDRESSES: Applications should be sent to Danielle Rioux, Recreational 
Fisheries Policy Specialist, NMFS SF-13336, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 or Danielle.Rioux@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danielle Rioux, Recreational Fisheries 
Policy Specialist; (301) 427-8516; email: Danielle.Rioux@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee 
with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) 
on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the 
responsibility of the Department of Commerce. MAFAC established a 
Recreational Fisheries Working Group (RFWG) in 2010, to assist it in 
the development of recommendations to the Secretary on regulations, 
policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. 
The RFWG is composed of people with a specific interest and 
qualification related to NOAA's recreation-related activities. 
Beginning in 2013, half of the RFWG appointments will expire every 
year, and applications/nominations will be solicited each year to fill 
these seats. The RFWG is expected to have no more than 25 members to be 
selected from a balance of the diverse national and regional 
recreational fisheries sector and community perspectives. With this 
solicitation NOAA will fill 6 currently empty seats, as well as any 
vacancies that develop during the reappointment process.
    MAFAC established the RFWG to advise MAFAC on issues of importance 
to the recreational fishing community, including, but not limited to: 
(1) Review and possible revision of the NOAA National and Regional 
Recreational Fisheries Action Agendas, (2) planning for a second 
National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Summit, and such other 
recreational fisheries issues and activities identified as appropriate 
by MAFAC.
    The RGWG members cannot be employed by NOAA or a member of a 
Regional Fishery Management Council or have been registered as a 
lobbyist with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives within two years of the date of appointment. Membership 
is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, 
service is without pay.
    Each submission should provide the nominee's name and affiliation 
(i.e. private angler, charterboat, trade association, etc.) and contact 
information including address, phone number, fax number, and email 
address (if available); and should describe the nominee's qualifying 
experience in the following areas:
    1. Expertise in the management or business of recreational fishing, 
and/or fisheries science;
    2. Informed background in recreational fisheries issues; and

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    3. Operational knowledge of federal agencies and interactions with 
the Fishery Management Councils and/or regional and state partners.
    Letters of support will be accepted, and may be submitted with the 
application or separately. Applications and letters of support should 
be sent to (see ADDRESSES) and must be received by (see DATES). The 
full text of the MAFAC Charter and its current membership can be viewed 
at the NMFS Web page at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ocs/mafac/.

    Dated: December 5, 2012.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, performing the 
functions and duties of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries.
[FR Doc. 2012-29758 Filed 12-7-12; 8:45 am]
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