Council Membership

The 18 voting members of the Council include the Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries in the Greater Atlantic Region (GARFO) and the five principal state officials with marine fishery management responsibility (or their designee) from CT, ME, MA, NH, and RI.

Twelve other NEFMC members are nominated by the governors of the New England coastal states and appointed by the Secretary of Commerce for three-year terms. Additionally, four non-voting members represent the United States Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of State, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Financial Interest of Members

Council members may have an interest in any fishery-related harvesting, processing, lobbying, advocacy, or marketing activity as long as they disclose the extent of this interest to the public. This ensures that knowledgeable fishing industry members can serve on the Council. Council members are not allowed to vote on matters that would benefit only them or a minority of other people within the same sector or gear group.

Council member financial disclosure forms must be available for public inspection on the internet and at the Council office. Details of this requirement are provided in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in Section 302 (j) DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL INTEREST AND RECUSAL.

Council Members

New England Fishery Management Council 2016-2017 voting members. Front row (left to right): Mark Godfroy (NH), Dr. Michael Sissenwine (MA), Eric Reid (RI), Council Chairman Dr. John Quinn (MA), Council Vice Chairman Terry Stockwell (ME), Terry Alexander (ME), Peter Kendall (NH), Doug Grout (NH), and Elizabeth “Libby” Etrie (MA). Back row (left to right): Rick Bellavance (RI), Dr. David Pierce (MA), Dr. Matt McKenzie (CT), U.S. Coast Guard representative Capt. Brian Fiedler (non-voting member), John Pappalardo (MA), Mark Gibson (RI), Mark Alexander (CT), Vincent Balzano (ME), and Mary Beth Nickell-Tooley (ME). Missing is Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office Regional Administrator John Bullard, a voting member.

Voting Members 2016-2017

E.F. “Terry” Stockwell III

Vice Chairman

Director of External Affairs

Maine Department of Marine Resources

21 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0021

(207) 624-6553 fax (207) 624-6024

John K. Bullard

Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries

Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office

55 Great Republic Drive

Gloucester, MA 01930

(978) 281-9250 fax (978) 281-9207

Mark Alexander

Connecticut, Assistant Director, Fisheries Division

CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

PO Box 719

333 Ferry Road

Old Lyme, CT 06371

(860) 434-6043 fax (860) 434-6150

Mark Gibson

Rhode Island, Deputy Chief for Marine Fisheries

RI Division of Fish and Wildlife

Marine Fisheries Office

3 Fort Wetherill Rd.

Jamestown, RI 02835

(401) 423-1935 fax (401) 423-1925

Dr. David E. Pierce

Massachusetts, Director for Marine Fisheries

Division of Marine Fisheries

251 Causeway Street

Boston, MA 02114

(617) 626-1532 fax (617) 626-1509

Douglas Grout

New Hampshire, Chief for Marine Division

NH Fish and Game Department

225 Main Street

Durham, NH 03824

(603) 868-1096 fax (603) 868-3305