Doug Grout (603) 868-1095
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
January 16, 2019

New England Council region 2

DURHAM, NH — The State of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of vacancies for New Hampshire’s obligatory seat and two at-large seats for the New England Fishery Management Council. New Hampshire’s obligatory seat is currently held by Mark Godfroy who is completing his first term as a Council member. The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is one of eight regional councils in the United States established by federal regulation in 1976. NEFMC is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from 3 to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

To assist in filling these vacancies, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates’ interview night on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 7:00 pm, at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, NH. Potential candidates should be prepared to present their qualifications at the session. Interested candidates should contact Doug Grout, Chief of Marine Fisheries, NH Fish and Game Department, at (603) 868-1095.

Candidates will be interviewed by the Advisory Committee on Marine Fisheries and representatives of the New Hampshire Commercial Fishermen Association and Coastal Conservation Association–New Hampshire. The public is also invited to attend the session and will be provided an opportunity to ask questions of any candidate.

The process of filling council seats requires the Governor of each New England state to submit the names of at least three candidates to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for consideration. The State of New Hampshire uses a public process to recommend individuals for the Governor to consider for submission.

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