Caribbean Fishery Management Council
Conserving, Restoring and Managing of Fishery Resources in the US Caribbean

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    The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC) is one of eight regional fishery management councils, established under PL 94-265 (approved on April 13, 1976), now known as the Magnuson-Stevens Act (the Act) as amended in 1996 and 2007 also called Sustainable Fisheries Act, for the conservation and orderly utilization of the fishery resources of the United States of America.

    The CFMC includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (PR) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). It has ten members, seven with vote and three with voice but no vote. Four of the voting members are appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce upon recommendations of the Governors of PR and the USVI. The other voting members are directly designated by the Act: the principal officials from PR and USVI with marine fishery management responsibility, and the Regional Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Regional Office (SERO). The three non-voting members are: the Director of the Southeast (Atlanta) Region of the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Commander of the Seventh (Miami) District of the US Coast Guard (USCG), and a representative from the US Department of State (USDS).

    The CFMC has its headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is unique in being the only council that does not include one of the fifty states of the Union and in sharing fish stocks with many Caribbean nations.

    The Caribbean Fishery Management Council is responsible for the creation of management plans for fishery resources (FMPs) in the US Caribbean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off PR and the USVI. FMPs are submitted to the US Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Once implemented, local Governments may adopt compatible legislation for the conservation of the fishery resources within local waters.

     

     

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    The Council staff consists of eight full-time employees and one intern, who work at Council headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The staff supports the council's fishery management decision-making process; review and prepare fishery management plans and supporting documents. Also, helps the public participate in the Council's process by providing information to the Council members, advisory groups, fishers and educational services to the public.

    You may contact our staff by phone, fax, email or by accessing our Contact Us page.

      

    STAFF MEMBERS


    • Miguel A. Rolón, Executive Director
    • Graciela García-Moliner, FMP and Habitat Specialist
    • María de los A. Irizarry, Fiscal Officer
    • Diana T. Martino, Assistant and Executive Secretary
    • Vivian Ruiz, Accounting Technician
    • Iris N. Oliveras, Secretary
    • María M. Pastrana, Secretary
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  • Voting Members

    The Caribbean Fishery Management Council is composed of seven voting members appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce. (At least one shall be appointed from Puerto Rico and USVI.) The remaining voting members shall be: the principal local government official or designee with marine fishery management responsibilities and expertise in each of the two local governments, as appointed by the governor of Puerto Rico and USVI; the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service for the Southeast Region or designee.

     



    APPOINTED OBLIGATORY VOTING MEMBERS

     

    Carlos Farchette
    (USVI) CFMC Chairperson

    PO Box 24651
    Christiansted, St Croix USVI 00824

    Statement of Financial Interest 2018

    Marcos Hanke
    (Puerto Rico) CFMC Vice-Chair

    Urb. Miradero 52 Camino de las Lomas
    Humacao PR 00791

    Statement of Financial Interest 2018

     

     


    APPOINTED AT-LARGE VOTING MEMBERS

     

    A. Louis Blanchard
    (USVI)

    PO Box 4153
    St Thomas, USVI 00801

    Statement of Financial Interest 2018

    Carlos J. Velazquez
    (Puerto Rico)

    Urb. Verde Mar 334 Calle 9 Punta Santiago
    Humacao, PR 00741

    Statement of Financial Interest 2018

     


    COUNCIL MEMBERS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

     

    Roy E. Crabtree
    Regional Administrator Southeast Regional Office, NMFS

    263 13th Ave. S
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    Phone: (727) 824-5301

    Bill Arnold, John McGovern (Designees)
    NMFS, Southeast Regional Office

    263 13th Ave. S
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    Phone: (727) 824-5305

     


    COUNCIL MEMBERS USVI

     

    Dawn L. Henry
    Commissioner, USVI DPNR

    Department of Planning & Natural Resources 
    4607 TuTu Park Mall
    St Thomas, USVI 00802
    Phone: 340 774-3320

    Ruth Gomez (Designee)
    Director Division of Fish and Wildlife DPNR, US Virgin Islands

    6291 Estate Nazareth
    St Thomas, USVI 00802
    Phone: 340-775-6762

     


    COUNCIL MEMBERS PUERTO RICO

     

    Tania Vazquez Rivera
    Secretary, DNER PR

    PO Box 366147
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936

    Phone: (787) 999-2283

    Damaris Delgado (Designee)
    Director Fish and Willdlife Dept of Natural and Environmental Resources

    PO Box 366147
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936
    Phone: (787) 999-2200 x 2615
     
     

    Non-Voting Members

    The CFMC has three non-voting members, they are: the Southeast Regional Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service or designee; the Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District or designee; and a representative of the US Department of State or designee.



    NON-VOTING MEMBERS

     

    Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner
    Commander Seventh Coast Guard District

    Brickell Plaza, Federal Bldg. 909 SE First Ave.
    Miami, FL 33131-3050

    Phone: (305) 415-6800

    Tara Pray (Designee)
    Living Marine Resources Officer USCG, District 7 Enforcement Branch Miami, FL

    Edwin Muñíz
    Field Supervisor, Caribbean Field Office US Fish and Wildlife Service

    Boquerón, Puerto Rico 00622
    Phone: (787) 851-7297

    Ana Román (Designee)
    Fish And Wildlife Biologist US Fish and Wildlife Service

    PO BOX 190
    Culebra, PR 00775-0190

     

    Randy Robinson
    Office Of Marine Conservation Bureau Of Oceans And Int’l Environmental Scientific Affairs US Dept Of State

    2201 C ST NW RM 2758 OES/OMC
    Washington DC 20520
    Phone: 202-647-3228


    LEGAL ADVISORS

    Joselyn D'Ambrosio
    NOAA Office of Legal Counsel Southeast Regional Office

    263 13th Avenue South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    Phone: (727) 551-5713
     
     
     
     

  • SSC Objectives and Duties

      

    Member As of January 2017

    Member
    Appointment (A) / Re-Appointment (R)
    Expiration
    Richard Appeldoorn (Chairperson)
    (R) December 2016
    December 2018
    Juan Cruz-Motta
    (A) April 2018
    December 2020
    Jorge García-Sais
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020
    Douglas Gregory
    (A) April 2018
    April 2020
    Churchill Grimes
    (R) August 2017
    August 2019
    Walter Keithly
    (R) December 2016
    December 2018
    Joseph Kimmel
    (R) April 2016
    April 2018
    Kevin McCarthy
    Vance Vicente
    (R) December 2016
    December 2018
  • District Advisory Panel - Puerto Rico (DAP/PR)

    Member

    Socio-Economic Sector

    Nelson Crespo (Chairperson)     

     Commercial Fishery

    Jesse Rivera              

     Commercial Fishery

    Greg Engstrom

     Commercial Fishery

    Roberto Reyes

     Apnea/Charter Boat Fishery

    Hector Benitez Crespo

     Commercial Fishery

    Luis Roman

     Commercial Fishery

    Gary Wayne Rogers

     Aquarium Trade Fishery

    Roberto Silva

     Commercial Fishery

    Hector Padró

     Commercial Fishery

    Carmen Rivera

     Recreational Fishery

    Cedric Taquín

     Recreational Fishery

    Conservación ConCiencia

     Ex-Officio

    PEW Charitable Trust

     Ex-Officio

    DNER PR

     Ex-Officio

    US COAST GUARD  Ex-Officio

    District Advisory Panel - St. Croix, USVI (DAP/STX)

    Member

    Socio-Economic Sector

    Edward Schuster (Chairperson)    

     Commercial Fishery

    Virdin Brown

     Other

    Thomas Daley

     Commercial Fishery

    Patricia Skov

     Commercial Fishery

    Mike Fuller

     Recreational Fishery

    Gerson Martinez

     Commercial Diver

    David Gubser

     Charter Boat Fishery

    Larry Angus

     Recreational Fishery

    William J. Tobias

     Recreational/Commercial Fishery

    Chad Sheraw

     Recreational Fishery

    Michelle Pugh

     Recreational Fishery

    Luis Viera

     Commercial Fishery

    PEW Charitable Trust

     Ex-Officio

    DPNR/USVI

     Ex-Officio

    US COAST GUARD
     Ex-Officio

    District Advisory Panel - St. Thomas, USVI (DAP/STT)

    Member

    Socio-Economic Sector

    Julian Magras (Chairperson)  

     Commercial Fishery

    Gregory Ledee  

     Commercial Fishery

    Darryl Bryan

     Commercial Fishery

    Claude Berry

     Commercial Fishery

    Raymond J. Campbell

     Commercial Fishery

    Jimie Estraca

     Recreational Fishery

    Elizabeth Kadison

     Recreational Fishery

    Elton George

     Recreational Fishery

    Steward Loveland

     Other

    Lance Maanum

     Other

    Winston Ledee

     Commercial Fishery

    PEW Charitable Trust

     Ex-Officio

    Ruth Gomez - DPNR/USVI

     Ex-Officio

    US COAST GUARD  Ex-Officio

  • Goals and Objectives OEAP

     

    Member
    Appointment (A) / Re-Appointment (R)
    Expiration
    Cristina Olán
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020
    Jannette Ramos García
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020
    Ruth Gomez
    (R) April 2017
    April 2019
    Vilmarie Román
    (R) April 2017
    April 2019
    Andrés Maldonado
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020
    Sarah Ann Charles
    (A) April 2018
    April 2020
    Kim Iverson
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020
    Emily Muehlstein
    (R) April 2018
    April 2020