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

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  • CFMC LogoThe 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.

  • SSC Objectives and Duties

    As of January 20176



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    (Chaiperson)
    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) December 2016
    December 2018

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) April 2016
    April 2018

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) Dec. 2014
    Dec. 2016

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) August 2015
    August 2017

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) Dec. 2016
    Dec. 2018

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) April 2016
    April 2018

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    Statement of Financial Interests 2017
    (R) April 2016
    April 2018

    (R) April 2016
    April 2018

    Kevin MaCarthy
    (R) December 2016
    December 2018



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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
    • Livia M. Montalvo Office Automation Clerk
    • Iris N. Oliveras Secretary
    • María M. Pastrana Secretary
    • Helena Antoun Liaison CFMC-DNER
    • Kathryn Quigley Fishery Economist Consultant
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