Written by Leslie Taylor
DURHAM, N.H. -- The state of New Hampshire has been notified by the National Marine Fisheries Service of four vacancies for the New England Fishery Management Council's at-large seats, one of which is currently held by Peter Kendall of New Hampshire.
To assist in filling these vacancies, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Marine Fisheries Division will host a candidates' interview night on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m., at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, N.H.
Potential candidates must be prepared to present their qualifications at the session. Interested candidates should contact Doug Grout, Chief of Marine Fisheries for the N.H. Fish and Game Department, at (603) 868-1095.
Candidates will be interviewed by the Marine Advisory Board 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 names 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.
The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is one of eight regional councils established by federal regulation in 1976. NEFMC is charged with conserving and managing fishery resources from three to 200 miles off the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
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