CDFW Seeks Recommendations for Pacific Fishery Management Council Member

commercial salmon troller
California commercial salmon troller
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is asking for recommendations to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). The Member At-Large seat expires on August 10, 2022. The California Governor’s office will submit a list of qualified nominees for this seat to the Secretary of Commerce early next year.

Mr. Marc Gorelnik currently holds the PFMC Member At-Large seat that expires in August 2022. Mr. Gorelnik is completing his second term and is eligible for reappointment if nominated.

Fish and Game Code Section 7655 establishes policy that the State be represented on the PFMC by persons knowledgeable about fisheries directly subject to PFMC management plans. Nominations are to include, but not be limited to, representatives of the commercial salmon troll fishery, the seafood processing industry, the commercial passenger-carrying (party boat) fishing industry, the groundfish fishery, the coastal pelagic species fishery, the highly migratory species fishery, non-governmental organizations, and marine scientists.

Based on recommendations, CDFW will compile a list of potentially qualified individuals and provide each prospective nominee with due dates and instructions to complete one federal and one state online application packet. To be considered for nomination by the Governor, the application packets must be completed in full, and copies sent to CDFW before mid-January 2022.

Please ensure that recommended nominees are aware of your submittal and are willing and able to serve if selected. CDFW must receive your recommendation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Please send your recommendations, including the nominee’s name, contact information, and affiliation, to Trung Nguyen at If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. Nguyen at

post by Trung Nguyen, CDFW Environmental Scientist