The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently accepting nominations for a seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The deadline to request nomination materials is Feb. 13. The three-year term begins in August.

The fisheries council manages about 119 species of groundfish, pelagic species and highly migratory species off the coasts for Oregon, Washington and California.

It includes 14 voting members representing tribal and state fish and wildlife agencies, and private citizens knowledgeable about sport fishing, commercial fishing and/or marine conservation, according to ODFW.

The ideal candidate would be knowledgeable of fishery resource conservation and management in marine waters off the West Coast.

Specific knowledge of and experience in management issues and fisheries is important, ODFW said, as is a strong conservation ethic.

The successful candidate must work collectively with other council members, often making difficult decisions and fulfilling the standards set forth by the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

Serving on the council is a substantial time commitment.

Dorothy Lowman of Portland is currently in the Oregon seat on the council.

ODFW will send all nominations to the Governor’s office, which will then forward the names of at least three candidates to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Department of Commerce for consideration.

Successful appointees must pass an extensive FBI background check.

Those interested, or wishing to nominate someone, can contact Cyreis Schmitt at 541-867-4741 or no later than Feb. 13.

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