IPHC Commissioner Appointments Announced by White House

The White House issued a press release January 8th with the appointment of Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Bob Alverson, Jim Balsiger, and Don Lane were appointed. Below is information about each individual.

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Robert D. Alverson, Appointee for United States Commissioner, International Pacific Halibut Commission
Robert D. Alverson is currently Manager and Executive Secretary of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association, a position he has held since 1976. Since 2007, Mr. Alverson has served as a member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council Groundfish Advisory Panel. Mr. Alverson has also served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ITQ Advisory Committee for Halibut and Sablefish since 2005. He has served on both the Pacific Fishery Management Council and North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Mr. Alverson has been the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Norwegian Commercial Club’s “King Neptune” award, for 30 years of service to the fishing industry. Mr. Alverson received a B.A. from the University of Washington.

Dr. James W. Balsiger, Appointee for United States Commissioner, International Pacific Halibut Commission
Dr. James W. Balsiger is currently Regional Administrator for the Alaska Region of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Marine Fisheries Service, a position he has held since 2000. He was appointed as United States Commissioner on the United States Section of the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission in 2013. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries at NOAA. Dr. Balsiger served as the Acting Regional Science and Research Director at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center from 1996 to 2000, where he also served as Deputy Science Director from 1991 to 1995. Prior to that, he was the Program Leader for the Status of Stocks Task within the Center’s Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division from 1977 to 1991. Dr. Balsiger received a B.S. from the Michigan Technological University, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Donald R. Lane, Appointee for United States Commissioner, International Pacific Halibut Commission
Donald R. Lane is a commercial fisherman in Homer, Alaska. For more than 30 years, Mr. Lane has been the owner and operator of the fishing vessel Predator and has worked closely with the Alaska fishery communities, including recreational sport users, sport charters, and the commercial industry. From 1984 to 1992, Mr. Lane served as a member of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Homer Advisory Committee. He has served as member of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission since 1988 and as a member of the North Pacific Fisheries Association since 1985, serving as President from 1996 to 2002. Mr. Lane served in the United State Coast Guard from 1972 until 1975 and holds a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Masters License.

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