The Marine Fisheries Council is one of several councils and committees involved in managing our fish and wildlife resources. This council advises the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on various issues and management programs related to marine fishery resources. The Council has 11 members representing recreational and commercial fishermen, fish processors, the general public and the Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bay sections of the Shellfisheries Council.
The Marine Fisheries Council is unique in state government in that it can veto marine fishery regulations proposed by the DEP Commissioner. Along with shared authority, the Council also contributes to the preparation and revision of fishery management plans, holds public hearings on marine fishery issues, convenes species-related citizen panels as appropriate, and advises the commissioner on departmental policies and planning related to marine resources.
There are also Council Committees to discuss issues for a particular species, group of species, gear type or other fishery management topic. These committees consist of three to five Council members. to advise the full Council. In addition to the Council members, each committee has citizen advisors. For more information, see the documents linked below.
Marine Fisheries Council Administrative Guidelines (pdf, 83kb)
Marine Fisheries Council Committee Advisor Letter and Application (pdf, 68kb)
Click for a schedule of the councils' meetings and the Marine Fisheries or Shellfisheries homepages.