Governor Walker Submits Nominations to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council                   

Theresa Peterson, Kodiak

Theresa Peterson, Kodiak

March 9, 2016 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker submitted his nominations for two seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council this week. In accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, Governor Walker submitted a primary nominee and two alternate nominees for each Alaska seat expiring on August 10, 2016.

The Governor selected Theresa Peterson of Kodiak and Michael “Buck” Laukitis of Homer as his primary nominees for the two vacant council seats. Eric Olson of Anchorage, Paul Gronholdt of Sand Point, Linda Behnken of Sitka, and Art Nelson of Anchorage were also recommended as the Governor’s alternate nominees.

“I am pleased to recommend Theresa Peterson, Buck Laukitis, and the four alternate nominees to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council,” said Governor Walker. “Each of these individuals provides balanced and insightful experience that will benefit the council, and contribute to fisheries management and conservation in the North Pacific region.”

Buck Laukitis, Homer

Buck Laukitis, Homer

Theresa Peterson of Kodiak has been a commercial and subsistence fisherman for over 30 years, and is the Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. She currently serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Advisory Panel, and is an active member of Alaska Jig Association and the Community Fish Network.

Michael “Buck” Laukitis of Homer is a commercial fisherman and the owner of Magic Fish Company and Compass Rose Properties. In 2014, he helped develop the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan. Mr. Laukitis is a longstanding member of the Homer Foundation Board of Trustees, whose mission is to promote philanthropic and charitable activities in the community of Homer.

One of eight regional councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands. Additionally, the council makes allocation decisions for halibut in concert with the International Pacific Halibut Commission, and jointly manages salmon, crab, and scallop fisheries with the State of Alaska.

The 15-member council is made up of 11 voting members and four non-voting members. Seven of the voting members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce upon recommendation by the governors of Alaska (five seats) and Washington (two seats). The four remaining voting members include Department of Fish and Game officials from Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and the Alaska regional Director for the National Marine Fisheries Service. Each member serves a three-year term on the council, and may be reappointed for up to three terms.

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