Rhode Island Seeking Fisheries Council Nominations

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Marine Fisheries Program is currently soliciting nominations for six positions on the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC). Five of the six positions pertain to individuals who have served on the Council for 2 complete terms, or will have served for 2 complete terms by April 2011, and are thus not eligible for reappointment.

The RIMFC is composed of 8 private citizens and the DEM Director or his/her designee. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Director, providing advice on marine fishery matters. Rhode Island law requires that appointed members have backgrounds related to recreational fishing, commercial fishing, and/or marine fisheries science/conservation/management.

Nominations are being sought for the following positions:

  1. Three individuals who represent the commercial fishing industry;
  2. Two individuals who represents the sport fishing industry
  3. One individual with skill, knowledge, and experience in the conservation and management of fisheries resources and/or marine biology

The appointments, to be made by the Governor, will be for a period of 4 years. The Governor’s appointments will be subject to the advice and consent of the RI Senate. RIMFC members serve without compensation.

Anyone interested in serving on the Council is invited to submit a letter of interest and resume to the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife – Marine Fisheries Program, 3 Fort Wetherill Road, Jamestown, RI, 02835 (attention: Robert Ballou, Acting Chief). All nominations received by Tuesday, January 4, 2011 will be forwarded to the DEM Director and the Governor for their review and consideration.