The Council is calling for nominations for an additional industry participant on the Council’s Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan Climate Change Taskforce (CCTF). The goal of the Taskforce is to facilitate the Council’s work towards climate-ready fisheries management that helps ensure both short- and long-term resilience for the Bering Sea. The Taskforce has a scope of work of 4-5 years, to complete deliverables outlined in the CCTF draft workplan (which will be finalized with the Council’s recommendations at this meeting). The Taskforce will meet 2-3 times a year, either in person or by teleconference. Candidates are asked to provide a voluntary time commitment of approximately 40 hours to prepare for each meeting, in addition to the meeting itself. The Council will pay travel costs for non-Federal Taskforce members to attend officially noticed in-person Taskforce meetings.
Taskforce membership qualifications:
- Bering Sea fishing industry expertise requested; other desirable expertise includes that related to the Bering Sea ecosystem oceanography, food web, or biological species, fisheries, or communities; climate change scenario modeling; and/or resilience planning.
- Demonstrate some familiarity with Council processes, as the intent is to provide advice that is relevant to the Council’s decision-making process.
- Able and willing to commit to attending meetings 2-3 times per year through 2025 (some by teleconference), and additionally to volunteer approximately 40 hours of preparation time before each meeting.
Please send a letter of interest to Taskforce co-Chair Diana Stram (email@example.com) by March 15, 2021.
At a later date, the Council will also call for nominations for the reconstituted Community Engagement Committee. An announcement will be issued on the Council website once a new Terms of Reference has been developed for the reconstituted Committee.