In 2012, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries co-founder Ted Ames was appointed to serve on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), a group established in 1971 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. MAFAC members draw on their expertise and other appropriate sources, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, to evaluate and recommend priorities and needed changes in national programs including the ongoing reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens, the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. MAFAC members represent a wide spectrum of fisheries, environmental, academic, state, tribal, consumer and related national interests. The committee functions solely as an advisory body (complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act) and reports to the Secretary.
A Commerce Department spokesperson said the committee welcomed Ted Ames to MAFAC as someone who “bridges fishing, science, and marine conservation disciplines.”