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June 14 -- The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, invites nominations for membership on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) by July 29, 2021.  
 
MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies, and programs critical to the mission and goals of NMFS.  
 
Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings and year round subcommittee work. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill pending vacancies.
 
The Committee meets twice a year with supplementary meetings and subcommittee meetings as determined necessary by the Committee Chair and Subcommittee Chairs. No less than 15 and no more than 21 individuals may serve on the Committee. Membership is comprised of highly qualified, diverse individuals with experience in commercial, recreational, aquaculture, and subsistence fisheries; seafood industry, including processing, marketing, working waterfronts, and restaurants; marine, ecosystems, or protected resources management and conservation; and human dimensions or social sciences associated with living marine resources.
 
MAFAC website: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/partners#marine-fisheries-advisory-committee
FR notice inviting nominations: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/14/2021-12375/nominations-to-the-marine-fisheries-advisory-committee

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