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About the MPA Federal Advisory Committee

The Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee is mandated by Executive Order 13158 and is supported by the National Marine Protected Areas Center. It is made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience, who represent parties interested in the use of MPAs as a management tool. The 20 Committee members are appointed by the NOAA Administrator, and serve four-year, non-renewable terms. They represent a broad stakeholder community, including scientists, academia, commercial fishermen, anglers, divers, state and tribal resource managers, the energy and tourism industries, and environmentalists, among others.

In addition, nine federal agencies are represented by non-voting ex-officio members of the committee.

The committee's role is to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of aspects of Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, the heart of the national MPA initiative.

The committee functions solely as an advisory body, complying fully with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972 (5 U.S.C. App. 2).


All the details from meetings are found here: agendas, complete transcripts, minutes, public comment, presentations, and supporting documents


Review the list and contact information of the 20 members, plus the nine federal (non-voting) ex-officio members


Read brief biographies of each of the committee members


Learn about committee leadership, as well as the organization and membership of subcommittees


The MPA Federal Advisory Committee's charter is renewed every two years. It details the committee's objectives, duties, terms and other requirements for members and the chairperson, and administrative provisions.

Committee Products

View recommendations and reports published by the MPA Federal Advisory Committee

MPA Federal Advisory Committee History

Learn about past activities and actions of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee

For More Information

Lauren Wenzel
Designated Federal Official
National MPA Center
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281
(301) 713-7265
Fax: (301) 713-3110