There is established the National Fish and Seafood Promotional
(1) The National Council shall be composed of the Secretary, who
shall be a nonvoting member, and fifteen voting members appointed
by the Secretary.
(2) Nominations for appointees shall be submitted in a manner
prescribed by the Secretary.
(c) Regional representation
The National Council shall be comprised of regional
representation from the Northeast, Southeast, Pacific, and Alaska
regions. The Northeast region shall consist of the States of Maine,
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York,
New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. The
Southeast region shall consist of the States of North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana
and Texas, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territory of
the Virgin Islands. The Pacific region shall consist of the States
of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii, the
territories of Guam and American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the
Northern Mariana Islands. The Alaska region shall consist of the
State of Alaska.
(d) Voting members
(1) The voting members of the National Council shall be -
(A) three members who reside in or do substantial fishing
industry business in the Northeast region;
(B) three members who reside in or do substantial fishing
industry business in the Southeast region;
(C) three members who reside in or do substantial fishing
industry business in the Pacific region;
(D) three members who reside in or do substantial fishing
industry business in the Alaska region;
(E) two members-at-large with demonstrated expertise in fresh-
water and inland commercial fisheries, at least one of whom is
not a resident of the States of the Alaska, Pacific, Southeast,
and Northeast regions; and
(F) one member-at-large who is either a person professionally
engaged in the dissemination of information pertaining to the
nutritional benefits and preparation of fish and fish products or
a person who is a member of an organized labor union and has
expertise in the United States fisheries.
(2) Of the members appointed pursuant to each of paragraphs
(1)(A) through (D) of this subsection, one shall be a harvester,
one shall be a processor or a receiver, and one shall be a
(e) Term of office
Members of the National Council shall be appointed for a term of
4 years. A vacancy in the National Council shall not affect its
ability to function. The Secretary shall appoint a new member
within sixty days to fill a vacancy in an unexpired term. Any
member may remain on the National Council beyond that member's term
until a successor is appointed.
The National Council shall annually elect a Chairman by a
majority of those voting, if a quorum is present. Ten members of
the National Council shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number
may hold hearings.
(g) First meeting
The National Council shall first meet within one hundred and
eighty days after November 14, 1986.
(h) Compensation of members
Members of the National Council shall serve without compensation,
but shall be reimbursed in accordance with section 5703 of title 5
for reasonable travel costs and expenses incurred in performing
their duties as members of the National Council.