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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee to get rebirth

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The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee will be reestablished. The charter for the committee technically expired on Jan. 18 while the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was trying to reestablish it.

NOAA announced on Wednesday, April 2 that it will officially reestablish the committee, saying that doing so would benefit the public. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service administers the committee.

The committee advises NOAA and the rest of the Department of Commerce on “short- and long-range strategies for rebuilding and managing” marine resources. It recommends strategies for helping protect endangered species and protect stock for recreational and commercial fishermen, and protecting the environment.

For more information about the committee, contact Mark Holliday, executive director, (301) 427-8004,

The committee has scheduled a meeting for Sept. 2-4 in San Diego. Its most recent major activity was to recommend strategies for seafood certification, recommendations now up for public comment through the end of April. The committee had been discussing the matter for about 10 years.

You can read about the reestablishment of the committee at

And find out more about the committee at



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