New appointment to regional council

05 Mar 2012

NOAA has announced the appointment of Francis D. “Dewey” Hemilright Jr. of North Carolina to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, who will serve on the council until 10 August 2014.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their respective geographical areas of responsibility. NOAA’s Fisheries Service works closely with the councils during plan development and reviews, approves and implements the management plans developed by the councils.

Each year the Secretary of Commerce selects approximately one-third of the total of 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils. NOAA’s Fisheries Service annually solicits nominations from the governors of fishing states and oversees the annual appointment process.

Mr Hemilright is a commercial fisherman with more than 24 years of experience. He has served on the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel and the Dolphin-Wahoo Advisory Panel.

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