Request for nominations for a vacancy on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel representing Northern Charter Operations

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacant Northern Charter Operator position on its Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS). The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, May 18, 2020.

The HMSAS is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Its duties include offering advice to the Council on the assessments, specifications, and management measures pertaining to the 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 HMSAS consists of 13 subpanel members representing a coastwide geographic distribution of commercial, recreational, community, conservation, and public concerns and knowledge within the Council management area.  The Council is currently seeking nominees with knowledge and expertise regarding Highly Migratory fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially regarding charter operations north of Point Conception, California.

Consult Council Operating Procedure 2 for additional information regarding HMSAS composition and function.

Meeting frequency

Typically, the HMSAS meets three times per year, generally in three- or four-day meetings in conjunction with the Council’s April, June, and November meetings.  Additional in-person meetings or webinars may be scheduled to discuss issues associated with the other two Council meetings, March and September.  HMSAS members may also be asked to participate in methodology or assessment review meetings, as needed.

Travel expenses and stipends

Advisory body members who are not Federal employees are reimbursed for travel, meal, and lodging expenses incurred while attending official meetings at the request of the Council as per the Council’s Travel Rules.  Subject to appropriations, limited stipends may also be available to advisory body members who are not employees of a Federal, state, or tribal marine fishery management agency.

Nomination procedures

To submit a nomination and supporting documents, please fill out the Council’s nomination form, which requests contact information and a brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications.  The form provides an opportunity to upload documents such as a nomination letter, resume, etc.

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by other individuals or organizations.  The vacant position is for the remainder of the three-year term that began on January 1, 2019 and will end December 31, 2021.  The Council will review the nominations and may fill the position at the June 12-18, 2020 Council meeting.  To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, May 18, 2020.

For additional information on the HMSAS or the nomination process, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl or Mike Burner via email or at (503) 820-2280, or contact the Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, Oregon 97220-1384.