Former Yamaha Marine Group president Phil Dyskow is one of three new public advisers appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide counsel on national saltwater fishery management issues.
The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee is the only federal advisory panel charged with making recommendations to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Commerce secretary on the department's living marine resource responsibilities.
Committee members evaluate and assess national programs, recommend priorities and provide their views on issues concerning the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, aquaculture, recreational fishing and ocean governance.
The group meets twice a year, with supplementary subcommittee meetings held as necessary.
Established in 1971, the committee consists of 15 to 21 people who are selected through a comprehensive public recruitment process. Committee members represent commercial and recreational fisheries interests, environmental organizations, academic institutions, tribes and consumer groups from a balance of U.S. geographical regions. Member terms are three years and they can serve two consecutive terms.
The other new committee members are Julie Morris, assistant vice president for academic affairs at New College of Florida; and Va'amua Henry Sesepasara, a member of the American Samoa House of Representatives and vice chairman of the House Agricultural and Fishery Committee.