Governor Submits Nominations to NPFMC

Governor Submits Nominations to NPFMC


Governor Palin Submits Nominations to North Pacific Fishery Management Council 

March 15, 2007, Juneau, AK – Governor Sarah Palin today nominated six Alaskans to fill two seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The Governor sent the following names to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce: Duncan Fields, Jeff Stephan, Gale Vick, Beth Stewart, Nancy Munro, and Sam Cotten. 

“I am proud to forward these names to the Secretary for service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which deals with so many issues of great importance to Alaskans,” said Governor Palin. “Each of these nominees offers a special set of skills and unique perspective. The Council has some difficult and significant decisions to make in the next few years, and I’m confident that these candidates will put the best interests of Alaskans first.” 

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 (later renamed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act) to oversee management of the nation’s fisheries. The Council has jurisdiction over 900,000 square miles off Alaska, and the primary responsibility for managing groundfish. 

The Act requires governors to provide a minimum of three candidates for each applicable vacancy. The terms of Doug Hoedel of Kodiak and NPFMC Chair Stephanie Madsen of Juneau will expire in August 2007. 

The nominations are due to the Secretary of Commerce by March 15, 2007. The Secretary is expected to name the two members in June 2007. 

Those nominated by Governor Palin are: 

Duncan Fields 

Duncan Fields has been an active commercial fisherman since 1960. He and his extended family own and operate salmon set-net sites on Kodiak Island. He has served on the NPFMC Advisory Panel since 2001. Fields is also the chairman of the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board, a board member of United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. 

Jeff Stephan 

Jeff Stephan served as a voting member of NPFMC from 1982 to 1985, and served for 13 years on the Council’s advisory panel. He is currently the chairman of the Council’s IFQ Implementation and Cost Recovery Committee. 

Gale Vick 

Gale Vick is the executive director of the Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition, a non-profit organization that represents the fisheries interests and access of Gulf of Alaska communities. She is a Prince William Sound drift net permit holder and an active member of the North Pacific Research Board Advisory Panel. 

Beth Stewart 

Beth Stewart has served as the director of Natural Resources Department for the Aleutians East Borough for 15 years. Her job includes working directly with the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the NPFMC to relay local concerns. Stewart served as executive director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and Alaska Board of Game from 1983-1989. She is also a former member of the NPFMC Advisory Panel. 

Nancy Munro 

Nancy Munro is the President of Alaska-based Saltwater, Inc., a leading firm in recruiting and deploying biological observers. Munro has experience working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the NPFMC. She served as chairman of the Council Advisory Panel in the 1980s. 

Sam Cotten 

Sam Cotten has served as a resource analyst and consultant for the Aleutians East Borough since 2001. His duties include attending NPFMC meetings, and presenting testimony to the Council, the Advisory Panel and the Scientific and Statistical Committee. He is a current member of the NPFMC Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee and a past member of the NPFMC Communities Committee. Cotten served in the Alaska State Legislature for nearly two decades, serving one term as Speaker of the House of Representatives. 


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