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NOAA Fisheries Seeks NAFO Commissioner

NOAA Fisheries is seeking a U.S. citizen to serve a four-year term as a Commissioner representing the commercial fishing industry to the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). NAFO is a regional fisheries management organization with 12 Contracting Parties that coordinates scientific study and cooperative management of the fisheries resources of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, excluding salmon, tunas/marlins, whales, and sedentary species (e.g., shellfish). NAFO was established in 1979 by the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries. The United States joined NAFO in 1995.  

The U.S. Commissioner to NAFO representing the commercial fishing industry must be knowledgeable and experienced in the conservation and management of fisheries in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.  The role of the U.S. industry Commissioner is to provide advice and support to the Federal Commissioner during NAFO meetings and to participate in the domestic U.S. advisory process for NAFO. The U.S. industry Commissioner is expected to serve on U.S. delegations to NAFO, including attending the NAFO annual meeting each September and other relevant meetings held during the year. The non-government Commissioners may not serve more than two consecutive four-year terms.

Interested individuals should send expressions of interest along with their resumes or curriculum vitae to Elizabeth Mencher at Elizabethann.Mencher@noaa.gov by January 12, 2018.

Questions? Contact Allison Ferreira, Regional Office, at 978-281-9103.