The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications for seats currently available on its advisory panels. Working at the grass roots level, advisory panel members provide information and guidance in the development and implementation of federal fishery management plans. The Council has 11 separate advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of managed species, or are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery or managed species. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientists, and concerned citizens.
Advisory panel members are appointed by the Council and serve for a three-year period, based on the frequency of meetings. As those appointments expire, members currently serving on the AP may reapply for their positions. These seats also become open to new applicants. AP members generally meet no more than once or twice each year and are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings. Applications are now being solicited for the following positions:
- Coral Advisory Panel (2) Research Scientist Seats and (1) Commercial Representative
- Habitat Advisory Panel (1) Georgia Commercial Seat and (1) At-Large Seat
- Information & Education Advisory Panel (6) Open Seats
- King & Spanish Mackerel Advisory Panel (1) Georgia Charter Seat
- Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (1) Open Seat
- Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (4) Open Seats
*Applicants appointed to the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Pool are eligible to serve on species-specific panels for future stock assessments.
If you are interested in serving as a member on the Council’s advisory panels, please submit an application to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405. Applications may be obtained by contacting the Council office at 843/571-4366 or toll free 866/SAFMC-10. Application forms are available on the Council’s website at www.safmc.net or by contacting the Council office. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact area Council representatives to discuss their interest.
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