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[I.D. 022702A]

Nominations for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice of request for nominations.
SUMMARY: The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (the "Committee") is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (the "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 the National Marine Fisheries Service (the "Agency"). The Committee is composed of leaders in the commercial, recreational, environmental, academic, state, tribal, and consumer interests from the nation's coastal regions. The Department of Commerce is seeking up to ten highly qualified individuals knowledgeable about fisheries and living marine resources to serve on the Committee.
DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before May 16, 2002.
ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to MAFAC, Office of Constituent Services, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, 14743, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Bryant, Designated Federal Official; telephone (301)713-9501 x171. E-mail:Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The establishment of MAFAC was approved by the Secretary on December 28, 1970, and initially 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 Secretary. Individuals serve for a term of 3 years for no more than two consecutive terms if reappointed. No less than 15 and no more than 21 individuals may serve on the Committee. Membership is comprised of highly qualified individuals representing commercial and recreational fisheries interests, environmental organizations, academic institutions, governmental, tribal and consumer groups from a balance of geographical regions, including the Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by the Agency’s 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 meetings annually.

A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal agency employee or a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council. Selected candidates must have security checks and complete financial disclosure forms. Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay.

Each submission should include the submitting person’s or organization’s name and affiliation, a cover letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee, a curriculum vitae or resume of nominee, and no more than three supporting letters describing the qualifications of the nominee. Self nominations are acceptable. The following contact information should accompany each nominee’s submission: name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address if available.

Nominations should be sent to (see ADDRESSES) and nominations must be received by (see DATES). The full text of the Committee Charter and its current membership can be viewed at the Agency’s web page atwww.nmfs.noaa.gov/mafac.htm.

Dated: March 4, 2002. William T. Hogarth, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.