President Barack Obama announced Jan. 8 his intent to
nominate James Balsiger, of Juneau, Robert Alverson, of Seattle, and Donald
Lane, of Homer, Alaska, as United States commissioners on the International
Pacific Halibut Commission.
of the National Marine Fisheries Service, has held the position since 2000. He
was also appointed as the US Commissioner on the US section of the North
Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission in 2013.
Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, a position he has held since 1976. The FVOA
will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Feb. 15.
fishing vessel Predator, and worked closely with the Alaska fishery
communities, including recreational sport users, sport charters, and the commercial
industry, for more than 20 years.
Council, at its December meeting in Anchorage, reappointed all members of its
scientific and statistical committee for another year term, and reappointed five
others to the council’s advisory panel.
Bering Sea Crabbers, Seattle; Kurt Cochran, F/V Marathon and New
Life, Siletz, OR; Alexus Kwachka, F/V No Point, Kodiak; Brian Lynch,
Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, Petersburg, AK; and Jeff Kauffman,
Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Wasilla, AK.
advisory panel Sinclair Wilt, Westward Seafoods, Anchorage, and Heath Hilyard,
Southeast Alaska Guides Organization, Anchorage.
Fisheries was appointed for a special one-year term dealing with Gulf of Alaska
on the advisory panel, nine of them as chairman.
scientific and statistical committee is online at the council website, www.npfmc.org