Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, convened a hearing titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives” on August 1, 2017. This hearing was the first in a series to examine the state of our nation’s fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.


- Mr. Christopher Oliver, Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

- Dr. John Quinn, Chair, Council Coordination Committee and Northeast Fishery Management Council

You can watch the video archive of the hearing here.


Fish politics can be a little overly serious sometimes, so here’s this:

Witherell named Executive Director of North Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council announced the appointment of David Witherell as its Executive Director, taking over the helm from Chris Oliver who moved on to be the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Mr. Witherell has worked for the Council for 25 years, and has been the Deputy Director since 2002. Council Chairman Dan Hull noted that “David brings a long history of Council experience and proven leadership skills as Deputy Director. We’re very pleased and fortunate that he has accepted the Executive Director position for the North Pacific Council.”

"Oliver, who has lived in Alaska since 1990 and been the executive director of the council since 2001, officially took the post of assistant administrator at the National Marine Fisheries Service effective June 19.

"The move places him in the top job at the federal agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that regulates and enforces fisheries occurring in federal waters, which are between 3 and 200 miles off U.S. coasts.

"As administrator, he will oversee NMFS’ 3,200 employees, five regional offices, six science centers and 24 labs and fish stations. NMFS works with the eight regional fisheries councils across the country to develop recreational and commercial fisheries policies, providing research and recommendations for conservation and management."


Rep. Frank Pallone and Sen. Bob Menendez make the rounds in Atlantic Highlands talking with recreational fishermen, while back in DC their fellow congressmen are tackling fisheries reform.

U.S. Senate Takes Up Fisheries Reform

“In early July, the recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Joe Manchin (D-WA). Supported by the American Sportfishing Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Fishing Alliance, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, International Game Fish Association and other groups, the new bill in the U.S. Senate (S.1520) would improve public access to America's federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth within the recreational fishing community.”

Read the rest of the article in The Fisherman Magazine.