Appointments Made to North Pacific, Pacific Fishery Management Councils

Dan Hull and Ed Dersham, both of Anchorage, have been reappointed to three year terms on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Craig Cross, who currently serves on the council’s advisory panel, was appointed to his first term.

The appointments are effective Aug. 11. They were announced June 25 by Sam Rauch, deputy assistant administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service.

Cross is the political liaison for Aleutian Spray Fisheries, which operates a fleet of fishing vessels that catch and process Alaska Pollock, Pacific cod, opilio and Alaska king crab. The fleet includes the at-sea processor Starbound, as well as freezer-long line and combination fishing vessels.

For the Pacific Council, whose membership includes California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State, the appointees for 2012 filled obligatory seats for California, Oregon and tribal governments and two-at large seas.

David M Crabbe, a commercial fisherman, fisheries consultant and Realtor in Carmel, California, and Dorothy Lowman, a natural resource consultant in Portland, Oregon, were reappointed and David B. Sones, whose hometown was not given, was named to the tribal seat. William “Buzz” Brizendine , a charter boat operator in San Diego, California, and Dale Myer of Arctic Storm Management Group, Seattle, were reappointed to the at-large seats.

A total of eight regional councils were established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their region. NOAAs Fisheries service works with the councils as plans are developed, and then reviews, approves and implements these fishery management plans.
Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental interests and academia, and are mandated to carry out requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks and manage them sustainably. Each year about one-third of the 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils are appointed by the Commerce Secretary, from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments, and oversees the annual appointment process.