The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires Council members to disclose any financial interest in harvesting, processing, lobbying, advocacy, or marketing activity that is being, or will be, undertaken within any Council-managed fishery. Council members may not vote on any council decision that would have a significant and predictable effect on such financial interests, although they may still participate in council deliberations. A “significant and predictable effect on a financial interest” exists if an expected and substantially disproportionate benefit to the member’s financial interest is closely linked to the council decision.
Council members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce are required to file a Statement of Financial Interest form (NOAA Form 88-195) each year and any time there is a significant change in their financial interests. The purpose of filing this statement is to assist the member in avoiding conflicts of interest between official duties and private financial interests or affiliations. Click on the links below for more information about conflicts of interest and financial disclosures.
- NOAA Fisheries: Financial Disclosure Forms
- NOAA Fisheries: Frequent Questions – Financial Disclosure and Financial Interests Form
2018 Statements of Financial Interests - Council Members
Financial disclosure forms for Mid-Atlantic Council members are listed below.