Looking for a Few Good Men (or Women), Gulf Coast

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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for advisory panel positions and committee members. If you're reading this Conservation Front Forum, and you're spending hours debating issues, or just trolling, you should look into this process--or at the least, think of some responsible acquaintances who have the time and expertise to participate. These APs and Committees are where many of the issues are really sorted out. I've copied some details below.

You can e-mail me at [email protected] if you want any other thoughts from FS.

Jeff

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for Panels and Committees

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is currently recruiting applicants for its Advisory Panels (APs), and Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs). Advisory Panel members provide information and guidance to the Council on the development of federal fishery management plans. The Council has 22 advisory panels composed of individuals who are engaged in the harvest of federally managed species or who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery. Members include recreational and commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, non-governmental organizations, scientists, and concerned citizens.

Appointments are for two years and will be made during the April 15 - 18, 2013 Council meeting in Gulfport, Mississippi. Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management decision-making process. Anyone interested in serving should submit a letter of interest to the Council office indicating the committee and/or panel of interest. Please include a current resumé or description of qualifications. Applicants may apply to more than one panel or committee. However, appointments are limited to a maximum of two standing APs. Membership on Ad Hoc Panels is unlimited.

Letters of interest should be mailed to the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council,
2203 N. Lois Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607; faxed to: 813-348-1711; or e-mailed to:
[email protected] by April 8, 2013.

Positions are unpaid, but travel expenses are reimbursed. Depending upon the level of activity for a given fishery management plan, each panel or committee may meet from zero to 3 or 4 times per year, except for the standing SSC, which may meet 4 or more times per year. (The standing SSC meets for all SSC meetings, while the species SSCs meet jointly with the standing SSC for issues specific to the species SSC.)

Letters of interest are now being accepted for the following advisory panels:

* Coastal Migratory Pelagics
* Coral
* Data Collection
* Florida/Alabama Habitat Protection
* Mississippi/Louisiana Habitat Protection
* Texas Habitat Protection
* Outreach and Education
* Red Drum
* Red Snapper
* Reef Fish
* SEDAR NGO
* Shrimp
* Spiny Lobster

The Council is also recruiting for its Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs). SSCs are comprised of economists, biologists, sociologists, and natural resource attorneys who are
knowledgeable about the technical aspects of fisheries in the Gulf. The following SSCs exist:

* Standing SSC
* Socioeconomic SSC
* Special Coral
* Special Mackerel
* Special Red Drum
* Special Reef Fish
* Special Shrimp
* Special Spiny Lobster
* Ecosystems Management

Finally, the SEDAR (Southeast Data, Assessment and Review) Workshop Pool is also open for recruitment. Scientists are selected from the SEDAR Workshop Pool to participate in the stock assessment or assessment review meetings, but individual scientists do not attend each meeting.


Here's one example of how these APs work, from a news release this week:

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management to Convene its Ad Hoc Private Recreational Data Collection Advisory Panel

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene its Ad Hoc Private Recreational Data Collection Advisory Panel Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council office, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, in Tampa, Florida.

The Panel will discuss mechanisms to improve private recreational fisheries data collection in Gulf of Mexico fisheries. The Panel will also help identify methods for improving private recreational angler data collection, potentially using additional data collection programs that would supplement data currently collected through the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP).

Programs considered must improve the accuracy and timeliness of catch, effort, and discard data for the Gulf of Mexico private recreational sector. Ideally, programs considered will allow private recreational anglers to participate in the data collection process.

Finally, the Advisory Panel will consider new methodologies, including potential use of offshore permits, vessel registration information, or satellite imagery to improve recreational fishery data, as well as the appropriate use and limitations of self-reported fisheries data. The Panel will also evaluate and advise about improvements in communication between MRIP and stakeholders.

A copy of the agenda and related materials can be obtained by calling 813-348-1630.

Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Panel for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Panel will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aides should be directed to Kathy Pereira at least five working days prior to the meeting.
Jeff Weakley

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