DEEP: Applications Sought for New England Fishery Management Council

Applications Sought For New England Fishery Management Council

December 17, 2008


The State of Connecticut is seeking interested individuals for nomination to an open seat on the New England Fishery Management Council. Candidates “by reason of their occupation or other experience, scientific expertise, or training, must be knowledgeable regarding the conservation and management, or the commercial or recreational harvest, of the fishery resources of (New England).” There are two upcoming vacancies, one seat is obligated to the State of Connecticut, and one at-large seat is open to nominations from any New England state.

Connecticut’s obligatory seat is currently held by Sally McGee, who is completing her second three year term. The at-large seat is currently held by Dana Rice of Maine, who is also completing his second term. Each term is for three years and there is a three term limit of continuous service.

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is one of eight regional councils that manage our nation’s marine fisheries seaward of state territorial waters. Responsibilities include the development of fishery management plans that are submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation. NEFMC develops management plans for several species important to Connecticut, including winter flounder, sea scallops, monkfish, Atlantic herring and whiting.

Qualified individuals interested in being considered for nomination to the Council should contact David Simpson at 860.434.6043 or e-mail by January 31, 2009. Nominees must complete a comprehensive application that will be provided by the CT DEP Marine Fisheries Division and includes a philosophy statement and a financial disclosure statement. For further information on the Council and the Council process, please visit 

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