Announcement: MARINE PROTECTED AREA FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (USA)
Roger B Griffis
Roger.B.Griffis at noaa.gov
Mon Jan 6 13:45:15 EST 2003
FYI Coral listers -
Note there are several members named to this new U.S. Federal Advisory
Committee on marine protected areas that are active in coral reef issues
(e.g., Mark Hixon, Tundi Agardi, Ernesto Diaz, Lelei Peau (Chair of the
All-Islands Coral Reef Initiative)).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Glenda Tyson
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COMMERCE AND INTERIOR DEPARTMENTS SELECT CANDIDATES FOR NATIONAL MARINE
PROTECTED AREA FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Today, the Department of Commerce, with assistance from the Department
of the Interior,
named final candidates for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
National Marine Protected Area Federal Advisory Committee. Required as
part of Presidential
Executive Order 13158 dealing with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the
represents a broad stakeholder community, including scientists,
academia, commercial and
recreational fishermen, resource users and managers, and
The advisory committees duties include providing advice and
recommendations to the
Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of aspects
of the MPA Executive
Order. The members may establish working groups, subcommittees, or task
forces as needed
to fulfill the committees goals. They also will create a scientific
working group of experts in
marine and ocean science fields, which will assess the conditions of
natural and submerged
cultural resources within the nations MPAs. The members will serve for
two or three-year
terms, and will elect a chairperson from the group.
Marine protected areas are important resource management tools, said
Don Evans. We look forward to strong leadership from these individuals
in helping us determine
how best to continue our efforts, balancing conservation needs with
recreational interests as we move forward to protect the marine
environment for present and
The committee will be supported by the National Marine Protected Areas
by NOAA in cooperation with the Department of the Interior, as required
by Executive Order.
The MPA Center is charged with providing federal, state, territorial,
tribal and local
governments with the information, technologies, training and strategies
to coordinate federal
activities related to MPAs.
Final candidates for the MPA Federal Advisory Committee are:
Dr. Tundi Agardy, Sound Seas; Bethesda, Md.
Mr. Robert Bendick, Jr., The Nature Conservancy; Altamonte
Mr. David Benton, North Pacific Fishery Management Council;
Dr. Daniel Bromley, University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wis.
Dr. Anthony Chatwin, Conservation Law Foundation; Boston, Mass.
Dr. Michael Cruickshank, Marine Minerals, Technology Center
Mr. Ernesto Diaz, Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Mgmt. Program; San
Juan, Puerto Rico
Ms. Carol Dinkins, Vinson & Elkins Attorneys At Law; Houston,
Dr. Rodney Fujita, Environmental Defense; Oakland, Calif.
Dr. Dolores Garza, University of Alaska; Ketchikan, Alaska
Mr. Eric Gilman, National Audubon Society; Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. Mark Hixon, Oregon State University; Corvallis, Ore.
Mr. George Lapointe, Maine Department of Marine Resources;
Dr. Bonnie McCay, Rutgers University; New Brunswick, N.J.
Mr. Melvin E. Moon, Jr., Quileute Natural Resources Department;
Mr. Robert Moran, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Steven Murray, California State University; Fullerton, Calif.
Mr. Michael Nussman, American Sportfishing Association;
Dr. John Ogden, Florida Institute of Oceanography; St. Petersburg,
Mr. Terry OHalloran, hulaRez Inc.; Kalaheo, Hawaii
Mr. Lelei Peau, Dept. of Commerce of American Samoa Pago Pago;
Dr. Walter Pereyra, Arctic Storm Management Group, Inc.; Seattle,
Mr. Max Peterson, International Assoc. of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies; Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gilbert Radonski, Sport Fishing Institute; Cape Carteret, N.C.
Mr. James Ray, Environmental Ecology and Response Shell Global
Ms. Barbara Stevenson, Portland Fish Exchange; Portland, Maine
Dr. Daniel Suman, University of Miami; Miami, Fla.
Capt. Thomas E. Thompson, USCG (Ret.), International Council of
Cruise Lines; Arlington,
Ms. H. Kay Williams, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council;
Mr. Robert Zales, II, Bob Zales Charters; Panama City, Fla.
Committee members were nominated by organizations and individuals.
Potential members are
offered membership into the committee and then must undergo a
background check. These
candidates were selected by a panel of experts from both agencies
seeking to ensure that the
committees membership represented the broad spectrum of interested
parties throughout the
NOAA is dedicated to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring
the nations coasts
and oceans. NOAA Ocean Service balances environmental protection with
in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation, supporting
coastal communities, sustaining
coastal habitats and mitigating coastal hazards. NOAA Fisheries ensures
the sustainable use of
marine fishery resources, protects marine mammal and sea turtle
populations, and promotes
the health of coastal and offshore marine habitats.
Marine protected areas are one of several management tools NOAA
Fisheries uses to prevent
decline and promote recovery of marine fish, mammal and sea turtle
species that fall under the
agency's stewardship responsibilities. In partnership with the eight
management councils, NOAA Ocean Service, states, fishermen, and coastal
NOAA Fisheries combines protected areas with other marine resource
management tools to
ensure a healthy and bountiful ocean for all Americans.
The Department of the Interior is the nations principal conservation
agency. Interior serves as
the steward for approximately 426 million acres of Americas public
land, representing about 19
percent of the U.S. land surface and 66 percent of all federally owned
land. Interior also
manages mineral development on the 1.48 billion acre U.S. outer
continental shelf. Interiors
National Park Service currently manages 385 parks and serves about 285
Interiors Fish and Wildlife Service is the primary federal agency
responsible for the protection,
conservation, and renewal of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats,
and manages 538 refuges
and 37 wetland management districts throughout the U.S.
For more information online:
Department of Commerce - http://www.commerce.gov
NOAA - http://www.noaa.gov
NOAA Ocean Service - http://www.nos.noaa.gov
NOAA Fisheries - http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov
National Marine Protected Areas Center - http://www.mpa.gov
Department of the Interior - http://www.doi.gov
National Park Service - http://www.nps.gov
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - http://www.fws.gov
Minerals Management Service - http://www.mms.gov
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