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MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION - Effective September 1, 1997
The new law decreases the size of the Marine Fisheries Commission from 17 to nine members and the governor will continue to have the authority to make all appointments. The new commission will include: two commercial fishermen, one dealer/processor/distributor, two coastal recreational fishermen, one sportfishing industry business person, two at-large members and one scientist.
At least five commission members must be from three defined coastal districts (at least one from each), including all commercial fishing members, one sport fisherman, and one at-large member.
Commission members will serve three-year staggered terms.
The commission will appoint four standing advisory committees on finfish, crustacean, shellfish, and habitat.
The commission will also appoint four regional advisory committees, one for each of the three coastal areas and one for inland areas.
FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLANS - Effective July 1, 1998
The Division of Marine Fisheries will begin to develop management plans for all of the state’s commercially and recreationally significant marine fisheries species, beginning July 1, 1998. These plans will form the basis for future regulations for species, species groups, fishing gears and geographic areas.
The Marine Fisheries Commission Chairman will appoint an Advisory Council to assist with preparation of each plan.
The Marine Fisheries Commission will establish the priorities, a schedule, and guidelines for all FisheryManagement Plans.
The Marine Fisheries Commission must approve all Fishery Management Plans and review these plans every three years.
Fishery Management Plans will include conservation measures to achieve optimum yields and prevent overfishing.