John Ballotti Appointed to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has appointed John Ballotti to a four-year term on the 20-member Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) to represent the interests and perspectives of recreational anglers.
Ballotti is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) California Board of Directors and Executive Committee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of CCA California, and a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club. He was a member of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group during the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) implementation process.
Ballotti received strong support and endorsement from the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), Coastal Conservation Association National, Coastal Conservation Association California, and the Coastside Fishing Club.
MPA FAC advises NOAA (Commerce) and the Department of Interior on ways to strengthen the nation’s system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It includes representatives of diverse stakeholder groups, including scientists, academia, commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, divers, state and tribal resource managers, the energy and tourism industries, and environmentalists. John is one of only two in the United States from the recreational community appointed to this committee for the coming term.