Wash. Governor Nominates Conservationist for Seat on NPFMC

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on March 22 nominated Becca Robbins-Gisclair, senior director of Arctic Programs for the Ocean Conservancy, to one of two obligatory Washington state seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The governor said Robbins-Gisclair was his first choice, noting her work with Alaska tribes and grassroots organizations to protect a region that is on the frontlines of global climate change.

She also serves as a domestic advisor for the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission and the Bering Sea Fishery Advisory Body, and has worked for several Alaska organizations as a natural resources advisor.

Robbins-Gisclair resides on Coast Salish lands in Bellingham, Wash.

In his letter of recommendation to NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Janet Coit, Inslee named Jamie Goen, executive director of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers as his second choice; Elaine Harvey, Watershed Department manager for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission as third choice, and Anne Vanderhoeven, director of government affairs for Arctic Storm Management Group, as his fourth choice.

The seat is currently held by Vanderhoeven, whose term expires Aug. 10.

Goen, a Seattle resident, has broad experience in fisheries management after working for NOAA Fisheries for 15 years and as part of the leadership team at the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Harvey of Goldendale, Wash., did prior work with the Yakima Nation Fisheries section of the tribe’s Department of Natural Resources. She is a member of the Yakama Nation.

Vanderhoeven, of Bainbridge Island, Wash. previously worked for several organizations in Alaska that participate in NPFMC fisheries, as a fishery manager and as an observer.  Over the last decade, she has served on the council’s Advisory Panel, Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee and Non-target Species Committee.