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Sept. 23, 2015   — NOAA Fisheries just released the list of final nominations for the two open seats on the U.S. side of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.  Current terms, held by Don Lane for the Alaska seat and Bob Alverson for the non-Alaska seat, expire December 31, 2015. Both are eligible for reappointment.

Ten individuals are challenging incumbent Lane. Alverson was unchallenged in the nomination process. The latest names are the result of an extended deadline, announced last month by NMFS, in an effort to provide a choice for each Presidential appointment. The first nomination process, which ended last June, produced only the two incumbent’s names.

NOAA Fisheries is now seeking letters of public support for all the nominees for the two 2-year appointments.  Deadline for submitting support letters is October 23, 2015. Letters already submitted in the first go-round need not be resubmitted.

The six commissioners are by law chosen by the President in the U.S. and Privy Council in Canada. For each country’s delegation, one commissioner represents the federal government, and two represent sectors of the industry.  In the U.S. the law states one commissioner must be an Alaskan resident and one must be a non-Alaskan. The IPHC manages halibut stocks from California north to the Chukchi Sea, including in the waters off the west coast of Canada.

The 11 names submitted for the Alaska seat are:
Don Lane of Homer,  incumbent
Hunter Harrison Mann-Dempster of Sitka
Doug Vincent-Lang, former ADF&G Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation
Karl Johnstone, former chair of Board of Fish
Richard Yamada, charter operator
Bob King, former legislative assistant to Sen. Begich
Stephanie Madsen, executive director At-Sea Processors
Linda Behnken, executive director Alaska Longline Fisheries Assn.
Jeff Kauffman, CEO Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Assn.
Rob Edwardson, Edwardson Consulting
Dan Hull (Alternate only), chair North Pacific Fishery Management Council
For the non-Alaska seat, incumbent Bob Alverson was the only nominee.

Public comments may be sent to:
Mail: Mr. Pete Jones
NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office
P.O. Box 21668
Juneau, AK 99802-1668
FAX: 907-586-7249