NOAA seeks to fill seats on Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

NOAA Fisheries is accepting nominations through July 29 to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, which advises the Commerce Department on all living marine resource matters for which the agency is responsible.

The committee is charged with research, evaluations and providing advice and recommendations to the Commerce Department and NOAA on development and implementation of agency policies that address science and regulatory programs critical to the mission of NOAA Fisheries.

Members may be associated with tribes and indigenous peoples and environmental organizations. Federal and state employees, members of a regional fishery management council, and registered federal lobbyists will not be considered.

Their expertise may be in areas ranging from commercial and subsistence fisheries to the seafood industry, ecosystems and human dimensions or social sciences associated with living marine resources.

Members serve for three years and may serve a second consecutive term, said Heidi Lovett, MAFAC assistant director. The committee may have a total of 21 members, who meet twice a year in person, or virtually.

Full nomination instructions and guidelines are available on the Federal Register at For further information contact Lovett, MAFAC Assistant Director,