Date: Sept. 24, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Marine Fisheries Commission Seeks Advisers
MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission is looking for commercial and recreational fishermen and scientists to advise them on various fisheries issues.
Two regional advisory committees – Northern and Southern – and three standing advisory committees –Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, and Shellfish/Crustacean – review matters referred to them by the commission, such as draft fishery management plans. Then, they recommend management strategies. Committees may also bring issues pertaining to their region or subject matter to the commission’s attention.
Individuals interested in serving as an adviser should be willing to attend meetings at least once every two months and participate in the committee process, which includes reviewing scientific documents and issue papers to make recommendations on management strategies. Advisers will be reimbursed for travel and other expenses related to their official duties.
The Marine Fisheries Commission chairman appoints members for three-year terms. Several terms will expire in January.
To qualify to serve on a committee, applicants may not have had a significant fisheries violation within the past three years.
Adviser applications are available online at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-advisory-committees, at the Division of Marine Fisheries’ offices or by calling 252-808-8022 or 800-682-2632. Applications should be returned by Nov. 1 to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557, Attention: Lauren Morris.