[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Page 47717]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22220]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF739

Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.


SUMMARY: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary 
of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory 
Committee (MAFAC or Committee) that are open or will be pending in 
February 2018. 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. The Committee makes recommendations to 
the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of 
Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the 
mission and goals of NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all 
interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by 
NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should 
possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of 
living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments 
required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. 
Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two 
consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees 
to fill upcoming vacancies being created by term limits.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or 
before November 27, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett, MAFAC Assistant 
Director, NMFS Office of Policy, 14th Floor, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Director; (301) 427-8034; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MAFAC was approved by the Secretary on 
December 28, 1970, and subsequently chartered under the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, on February 17, 1971. The 
Committee meets twice a year with supplementary subcommittee meetings 
as determined necessary by the Committee Chair and Subcommittee Chairs. 
No less than 15 and no more than 21 individuals may serve on the 
Committee. Membership is comprised of highly qualified, diverse 
individuals representing commercial, recreational, subsistence, and 
aquaculture fisheries interests; seafood industry; environmental 
organizations; academic institutions; tribal and consumer groups; and 
other living marine resource interest groups from a balance of U.S. 
geographical regions, including the Western Pacific and Caribbean.
    A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee, member of a Regional 
Fishery Management Council, registered Federal lobbyist, State 
employee, or agent of a foreign principal. Selected candidates must 
pass a security check and submit a financial disclosure form. 
Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related 
expenses, service is without pay.
    Each nomination submission should include the nominee's name, a 
cover letter describing the nominee's qualifications and interest in 
serving on the Committee, curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee, 
and no more than three supporting letters describing the nominee's 
qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee. Self-
nominations are acceptable. The following contact information should 
accompany each nominee's submission: name, address, telephone number, 
fax number, and email address (if available).
    Nominations should be sent to Heidi Lovett (see ADDRESSES) and must 
be received by November 27, 2017. The full text of the Committee 
Charter and its current membership can be viewed at the NMFS' Web page 
at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mafac.htm.

    Dated: October 10, 2017.
Jennifer Lukens,
Director for the Office of Policy, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-22220 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]