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Council Solicits for Advisory Panel Alternates and New CDPP AP Members

The Western Pacific Fishery Council invites you to apply for membership as an alternate on one its Advisory Panels for the 2015-2018 term.

Who can apply: Anyone! Fishermen, members of fishery related industries, individuals from fishery or marine related organizations actively participatingin their respective fields or public. Applicants will be considered based on the selection criteria listed below:
  • Present or recent activity in recreational, commercial or subsistence fishing;
  • Present or recent involvement in the buying, processing or marketing sectors of the fishing industry and/or involvement in conservation or management organizations, fishing clubs or other organized groups concerned with marine or fisheries issues;
  • Willingness to play an active role in fisheries management; and
  • Ability to dedicate time for fishery document review and participate in panel meetings.
What are the panels:
The Advisory Panel includes four sub-panels: 1) American Samoa Fishery Ecosystem Plan; 2) Hawaii Fishery Ecosystem Plan; 3) Marianas Fishery Ecosystem Plan; and 4) Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan; and 5) the Community Demonstration Projects Program Advisory
Panel. Each of the panels will include two representatives each with interests in commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries,
subsistence and indigenous fisheries, or ecosystems and habitat, except the Marianas FEP sub-panel which will have four representatives from each category. Membership is limited.

What do I have to do: Provide advice on all aspects of the region’s fisheries and suggest management strategies. Terms last four years and starts immediately. Panels meet two to three times per year. Positions are voluntary (not paid). However, members are reimbursed for travel related expenses to and from meetings.

How do I apply: Complete the Advisory Panel application form  online (click here) by close of day May 31, 2017.  If you have trouble with the online application, please call (808) 522-8220 to get a hardcopy sent to you.
Application Period:  Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017.  Late applications will be marked “Late” and may not be considered by the Council for appointment.
The Council was established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA) of 1976. The Council’s responsibility is to conserve, manage and develop fishery resources within Federal waters (generally from 3 out to 200 nautical miles) surrounding
American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands and other US islands in the Western, Central and South Pacific. The main task of the Council is to protect fishery resources, while maintaining opportunities for domestic commercial, recreational and subsistence fishing at sustainable levels of effort and yield.