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DOC - 10804 - Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee - Presidential


Committee NameMarine Protected Areas Federal Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Commerce
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number10804
Original Establishment Date5/26/2000Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2019Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date9/30/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter9/30/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixDr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2019Designated Federal Officer First Name*Charles
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameMinton
Specific Termination AuthorityEO 13889 and EO 13875Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Wahle
Establishment Authority*PresidentialDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*EO 13158 and EO 13811Designated Federal Officer Phone*831-238-2244
Effective Date Of Authority*5/26/2000Designated Federal Officer Fax*831-647-1732
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee provided advice and recommendations to the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior to develop and support an effective national system of marine protected areas (MPAs). It typically operated between 0-3 Subcommittees and/or Working Groups per term, addressing timely aspects of MPA management and policy. During early FY19 and before the government-wide shutdown, the Committee as a whole completed its charge from DOC and DOI (i.e. Sustaining MPA Benefits in a Changing Ocean), while a pre-existing Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group provided, through the Committee, advice and information on updating the MPA Center's website on managing cultural resources in MPAs. The Committee's final products and recommendations were approved unanimously on Nov. 8, 2018 and were submitted to DOC and DOI on Nov. 15, 2018. No new Subcommittees or Working Groups were established later in FY19. The MPAFAC was unable to meet again after November 8, 2018, as over half of its members had termed off and 11 proposed new members were not approved.
How is membership balanced?*The Presidential Executive Order 13158 calls for a committee of non-Federal scientists, resource managers, and other interested persons and organizations to advise federal MPA programs on important and timely issues. In selecting Committee members, the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior staff team identify nominees who:1) represented the broad variety of MPA stakeholders and perspecives in the public, private, university, and non-governmental sectors; and, 2) live and work in a variety of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Members typically represent: commercial and recreational fishing interests; conservation organizations; ocean industry; academic institutions including natural and social scientists; coastal states and territories; tribes and Pacific Islands; non-consumptive uses; and cultural resources. For early FY19, seven of the Committee members were women, and two represented ethnic diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee typically met at least once in-person and several times virtually.
Committee members came from all regions of the U.S. and convened for their in-person meetings at strategic coastal locations that provide an opportunity for input from practitioners, experts and the public in that region. At the meetings, Committee members deliberated publicly in order to provide advice and recommendations to assist the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior on how to fulfill their responsibilities as outlined in Executive Order 13158. Members may also confer as needed during periodic administrative or preparatory sessions held by teleconference and coordinated by the DFO. The meetings and the Committee's charge are essential to the Committee's decision-making and ensure crucial public engagement in these federal MPA agencies.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*E.O. 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPA) required the establishment of an MPA
Federal Advisory Committee. This national-level committee represented the
diverse interests of the public in often complex and consequential ocean management issues, and provided stakeholder advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on cross-cutting MPA-related activities and priorities. The Committee's unique breadth of expertise helps ensured the long-term effectiveness, relevance and equity of ocean management in the U.S. The MPAFAC addresses, by its design, membership and charges, emerging national-level ocean management challenges applicable to many US MPAs managed by federal, state, territorial, tribal and local agencies. No other existing advisory group provides a comparable breadth of topical scope or stakeholder perspectives on these issues.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksCommittee terminated in response to EO 13875.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Committee's recommendations were a signficant component of the design, implementation and plans for evaluation for the national system of Marine Protected Areas, and have influenced many MPA programs' actions and priorities both in the US and abroad.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentSince 2003, the Committee had provided recommendations to the Departments of Commerce and Interior intended to improve the effectiveness, design, adaptive management and efficiency of existing marine protected areas and networks in the face of rapidly changing oceans and uses; and, to broaden and strengthen the public's voice in federal MPA decisions. During FY19, the Committee provided advice on sustaining the significant economic, ecological and cultural benefits provided by MPAs in the face of changing ocean conditions, uses and policies, and on ensuring that MPA managers have the latest tools and approaches for conserving cultural heritage resources in their sites.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*237Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee provided advice and recommendations to the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior to help inform efforts by the Federal Government and its state, tribal and local partners to effectively design and adaptively manage their MPAs in U.S. waters. Since its inception in 2003, the Committee's recommendations have addressed a wide range of topics from policy to science to site management to outreach and stakeholder engagement among the over 1,200 MPAs in the nation's EEZ. In FY19, the MPAFAC completed its charge and submitted 7 recommendations to DOC and DOI. Five addressed the primary charge on sustaining MPA Benefits in a Changing Ocean, and two related to updates to the MPA Center's Cultural Resources Toolkit.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*27.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe MPAFAC's recommendations targeted multiple federal MPA programs and their state, tribal and local partners around the US. Consequently, their implementation is often gradual, incremental and dispersed across regions and levels of government. In addition to fully and partially implemented recommendations, many of the MPAFAC recommendations are under consideration for implementation when budgets and other opportunities allow, and will continue to be reviewed and evaluated in the future.
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*33.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe MPAFAC's recommendations targeted multiple federal MPA programs and their state, tribal and local partners around the US. Consequently, their implementation is often gradual, incremental and dispersed across regions and levels of government. In addition to fully and partially implemented recommendations, many of the MPAFAC recommendations are under consideration for implementation when budgets and other opportunities allow, and will continue to be reviewed and evaluated in the future.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentAll of the MPAFAC's products, recommendations and records are, and will remain, publicly available on the MPA Center website:
Agency Feedback Comment*The Agencies (DOC and DOI) provided regular feedback to the Committee on their recommendations both in writing and at routine inter-agency meetings. Additionally, NOAA's MPA Center is conducting a review of the MPAFAC's impacts which includes exploring new ways to engage all federal MPA programs throughout the Committee's work, from crafting the charge, to ensuring its ultimate implementation among its MPA programs.Narrative Description*The Committee provided expert advice to the Departments of Commerce and Interior on the development and management of the nation's system of Marine Protected Areas for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the America's natural and cultural resources. The Committee's recommendations directly support NOAA's Strategic Plan and the priorities of DOI's MPA programs.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$87,458.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$15,167.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$102,625.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.64Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Civil Rights
Native Americans
Computer Technology
Environmental Issues
Oceans and Atmospheric Sciences
Federal Government
State Government
Tribal Government
National Parks, Sites, Trails, Recreational Areas Monuments
Science and Technology
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Social Sciences


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-030489Cultural Heritage Resources Workgroup2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-034267Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001288Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002930Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003450Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005037Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005604Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007188Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007675Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009391Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009760Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011312Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011605Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013197Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013458Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015079Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015407Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016998Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017360Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee2001