the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service is seeking qualified applicants to nominate for an at-large seat on the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. On August 10, 2016, 3 at-large seats on the Council will become vacant. One of those seats is currently held by Stephen Linhard, who is completing his second term and has decided not to pursue a third term with the Council. The Governor's office must provide a minimum of three applicants for consideration by the Secretary of Commerce. Applicants should have fisheries experience (recreational, commercial, or other relevant expertise), be committed to attending Council meetings in the Mid-Atlantic region (New York to North Carolina), and should be knowledgeable regarding the conservation and management of the fishery resources of the Mid-Atlantic. In addition, the selection and appointment of a nominee is considered conditional until a favorable response is received from a background review. Please contact Angel Willey if you are interested in applying or learning more about this opportunity to get involved with fisheries management. The deadline for submitting applications is February 16, 2016.