Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Applicants For Advisory Panels - The Fisherman

Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Applicants For Advisory Panels

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is accepting applications from qualified individuals to serve on its advisory panels for the next three years. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2024.

Advisory panels provide information and recommendations to MAFMC during the development of fishery management plans, amendments, specifications, and management measures. One of the chief responsibilities of advisory panels is the development of annual Fishery Performance Reports. These reports provide the council and its Scientific and Statistical Committee with information about the factors that influenced fishing effort and catch within each fishery during the previous year.

Advisory panels are composed of individuals with diverse experience and interest in Mid-Atlantic fisheries, including commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, for-hire operators, commercial dealers, scientists, environmentalists, and other members of the interested public. Most advisory panels meet one or two times per year. Members are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for any in-person meetings.  Individuals who are appointed to advisory panels serve for three-year terms.

Learn more about advisory panels.

The MAFMC is accepting applications for the following advisory panels:

  • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
  • Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish
  • Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
  • Golden and Blueline Tilefish
  • Bluefish
  • Ecosystem and Ocean Planning
  • River Herring and Shad
  • Spiny Dogfish (jointly managed with New England Council)
  • Communication and Outreach

All current members of these advisory panels must reapply in order to be considered for reappointment. Anyone interested in serving on an advisory panel may apply online or download an application at www.mafmc.org/advisory-panel-application. Applications can also be obtained by calling the Council office at 302-674-2331. Completed applications must be received by Friday, April 26, 2024.  For questions contact Mary Sabo at 302-526-5261 or via email at [email protected].