Bering Sea Crabber’s Goen, St. Paul’s Merculieff named to NOAA advisory panel

MAFAC members "draw on their expertise to evaluate and make recommendations on national marine life policies." 

by | May 6, 2024

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Group advises NOAA “on all marine life matters” under its jurisdiction

Two names of importance to Alaska fisheries management are among eight new members appointed to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

The 21-member MAFAC was established in 1971 under a federal charter by the Secretary of Commerce to provide advice on living marine resource matters under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The new members were announced last week by Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

They are Jamie Goen of Seattle, executive director of the trade group Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers and Marissa Merculieff, Director of the Office of Justice and Governance Administration for St. Paul Island.

They join Natasha Hayden of Kodiak, VP of Lands & Natural Resources for Afognak Native Corporation.

“The input, discussions, recommendations, and advice we receive from these members has been so valuable to me and our agency,” said NOAA Fisheries’ director Janet Coit. Committee members draw on their expertise to evaluate and make recommendations on national marine life policies. The members represent a wide spectrum of fishing, aquaculture, protected resources, environmental, academic, tribal, state, consumer, and other related national interests from across the United States. They ensure the nation’s marine resource policies and programs meet the needs of these stakeholders. 

In the past year, the Committee has been working on:

Identifying guiding principles to better define and help NOAA support climate-ready fisheries, fisheries management, and fishing communities;

Gathering stakeholder knowledge and perceptions about the effectiveness of deterrents to mitigate or eliminate interactions of marine mammals with fishing gear and at docks and related structures;

Developing recommendations for the agency to build greater transparency and stakeholder support for strategic mission-critical multi-year investments.

  • The full membership of MAFAC is:

– Kristina Alexander, Corpus Christi, Texas: Endowed Chair for Marine Policy and Law, Texas A&M University; Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies                                    

– Hugh Cowperthwaite, Falmouth, ME: Senior Program Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture at Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

– Jaime Diamond, Carpinteria, California: CEO, General Manager Santa Barbara Landing LLC; Owner, Stardust Sportfishing

– Thomas Fote, toms River, NJ: Retired Recreational Fisherman

– Jamie Goen, Seattle, WA: Executive Director, Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

– Amy Green, Arnold, MD: Assistant Clinical Professor, University of MD

– Jim Green, Destin, Florida: Master/Captain, F/V American Spirit

– Jennifer Hagen, La Push, WA: Marine Policy Advisory Quileute Tribe/Marine Biologist

– Natasha Hayden, Kodiak, AK: VP of Lands & Natural REsources, Afognak Native Corp.

– Bobbi Hudson, Olympia, WA: Executive Director, Pacific Shellfish Institute

– Marissa Merculieff, St. Paul Island, AK: Director, Office of Justice and Governance Administration for Aleut Community of St. Paul

– Meredith Moore, Washington, DC: Fish Conservation Program, Ocean Conservancy

– Linda O’Dierno, Somers, NY: Fish and Seafood Development Specialist

– Ryan Prewitt, New Orleans, LA: Chef/Owner Peche Restaurant

– Kellie Ralston, Tallahassee, FL: MAFAC Vice Chair and VP Conservation and Public Policy, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

– Jocelyn Runnebaum, PhD, Bath, ME: MAFAC Chair and Marine Scientist, the Nature ConservancySarah

– Schumann, Warren, RI: Fisherman, Owner/Principal Consultant, Shining Sea Fisheries Consulting

– Patrick Sullivan, PhD, Ithaca, NY: Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell U.

– Clayward Tam, Kailua, HI: Cooperative Fisheries Research Coordinator, Pacific Islands Fisheries Group

– John Young, Cleveland, OH: Vice President, Purchasing and Operations, Euclid Fish Co.; Sea Pact

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Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.


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