NOAA announces appointment to Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

February 24, 2012

The Commerce Department today announced the appointment of Francis D. “Dewey” Hemilright Jr. of North Carolina to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.  Under this appointment, Hemilright will serve on the council until August 10, 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.

Council members represent diverse constituents including commercial and recreational fisheries, environmental interests and academia. 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. The Secretary must select council members from the list of nominees provided by the governors to fill obligatory and at-large seats that have become available due to an expiring term, a resignation or other reasons. Obligatory seats are state-specific, while at-large seats can be filled by a person from any of the states in the region. Council members serve three-year terms, and may be reappointed to serve up to three consecutive terms.

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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