Governor Carney seeks nominees for two At-Large vacancies on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council
Governor Carney is seeking nominees for two vacant At-Large seats on the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) to submit to the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for consideration.
One of the two seats is currently held by New York and the second is held by North Carolina. Although legally available to residents of any of the MAFMC states, vacant MAFMC At-Large seats are rarely transferred from the state most recently holding the At-Large seat. Delaware does not currently hold and has rarely held an At-Large seat on the MAFMC.
The MAFMC is responsible for managing fisheries in federal waters that extend from three miles to 200 miles offshore of the coastal states from New York through North Carolina. The MAFMC manages fish species that are important to Delaware, such as Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass.
If Delaware is to apply for the MAFMC At-Large seats, Governor Carney must submit at least three qualified nominees to NOAA for consideration for each seat. Qualified nominees, through their occupational or other experiences, scientific expertise or training, must be knowledgeable and experienced in one or more fields related to the fishery resources within the MAFMC’s geographical oversight. The qualifications required to be considered for nomination are presented in detail in the application kit referenced below.
If the nominees submitted by Delaware are appointed to either of the MAMFC At-Large seats, they will:
- Undergo a background check before being approved as an At-Large Council member
- Serve a three-year term, with the potential to be reappointed for two additional three-year terms
- Attend six MAFMC meetings a year, each meeting typically lasting four days and each meeting held in a different MAMFC state (Note: meetings are being held virtually while COVID pandemic restrictions are in effect)
- Work collectively with other MAFMC members to achieve Magnuson-Stevens Act conservation standards
- Have all meeting expenses (travel, hotel, meals) reimbursed by MAFMC
- Receive a stipend of $508.08/day for every meeting day attended
If you would like to serve on the MAFMC, please download the application kit at: https://media.fisheries.noaa.gov/2020-12/Nomination%20kit_2021.pdf?null. You may also contact the Fisheries Section of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9914 for an application kit or more information. Completed applications must be submitted by March 5, 2021 either by mail to the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 or by email to DNRECFisheriesRegs@state.de.us.