Council and Advisory Bodies: Advisory Body Vacancies

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Request for Nominations for a Trawl At-Large Vacancy on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Trawl At-Large seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for remainder of the 2016-2018 advisory body term.  The GAP is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  Their duties include offering advice to the Council on the assessments, specifications, and management measures pertaining to the Groundfish FMP with particular regard to: a) the capacity and the extent to which the U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries will harvest the stocks managed under the FMPs, b) the effect of such management measures on local economies and social structures, c) potential conflicts among groups using a specific fishery resource, or d) enforcement problems peculiar to each fishery with emphasis on the expected need for enforcement resources.

The GAP consists of 21 subpanel members representing a broad spectrum and geographic distribution of commercial, recreational, community, conservation, and public concerns and knowledge within the Council management area.  The current vacancy is for a Trawl At-Large position, and the Council is seeking nominees with knowledge and expertise regarding ocean groundfish fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially with regard to West Coast groundfish trawl fisheries.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations may be sent by mail, FAX, or email to, but must include a completed Pacific Council Advisory Body Nomination Form (download the Pacific Council Advisory Body Nomination Form or by request from the Council office).  The completed form will provide contact information and a brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications for the position, including the type and length of relevant experience.  Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by other individuals or organizations.

The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018.  Appointments will be made at the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California.  To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017 (send to:

For Further Information

For further information on the Council advisory bodies or the nomination process, please contact:

Mr. Brett Wiedoff or Mr. Mike Burner
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280 or toll free 866-806-7204

The Council is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving nominations from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Council Member Appointments

For information regarding the nominations to Council Member seats appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, please visit the NOAA Fisheries Office of Sustainable Fisheries website.