Request for nominations for a Washington vacancy on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill one Washington at-large position on its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS),  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, August 17, 2020.

The EAS is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP).  The purpose of the FEP is to enhance the Council’s species-specific management programs with more ecosystem science, broader ecosystem considerations, and management policies that coordinate Council management across its Fishery Management Plans and the California Current Ecosystem.

The EAS consists of nine subpanel members (three each from Washington, Oregon, and California) representing a broad spectrum and geographic distribution of commercial, recreational, community, conservation, and public concerns and knowledge within the Council management area.  The successful candidate should have knowledge and expertise regarding ecosystem and fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially regarding the State of Washington.

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

Meeting frequency, travel expenses and stipends

At the present time, the EAS meets twice per year, generally in three-day meetings in conjunction with the March and September Council meetings.  In addition, various webinars are scheduled to discuss issues, often in advance of the other three Council meetings, April, June, and November.  EAS members may also be asked to participate in meetings or workshops in support of FEP initiatives, as needed.

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 online Advisory Body Nomination Form.  The completed form will provide contact information and a brief summary of the nominee’s qualifications.  The form provides an opportunity to upload supporting documents such as a nomination letter, curriculum vitae, etc.

Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by other individuals or organizations.  The vacant positions are 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 one or both positions at the September 2020 Council meeting.  To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday, August 17, 2020.

For additional information on the EAS or the nomination process, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl or Mr. Mike Burner, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, Oregon 97220-1384; telephone:  503-820-2280.