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NOAA issues new call for nominations for International Pacific Halibut Commission seats


NOAA Fisheries is re-initiating the public nomination process to fill two vacant commissioner seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
In their official IPHC duties, commissioners represent the interests of the United States and all of its stakeholders in the Pacific halibut fishery, while working to develop the Pacific halibut stocks to levels that will permit the optimum yield from the fishery jointly managed with Canada. U.S. Commissioners are appointed for a term not to exceed two years, but are eligible for reappointment. Commissioners receive no compensation for their services, but travel expenses for two to three trips per year are paid for by the U.S. Department of State.
In Spring 2012, NOAA Fisheries publicly solicited nominations for two presidential appointments to serve as U.S. commissioners to the IPHC. It was the first time ever that nominees for IPHC commissioner seats were sought through an open, public nomination process.
While the initial nomination list included many strong candidates, the combination of a number of factors resulted in the decision to re-initiate this public nomination process. These factors include the lapse of time since original nominees expressed interest in an appointment, and considerations of balanced representation on the commission. 
The notice of new call for nominations will publish in the Federal Register tomorrow. Nominations will be received for 30 days, and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
       Email: IPHC2013nominations@noaa.gov
       Mail: Mr. Patrick Moran
       National Marine Fisheries Service Office of International Affairs
       1315 East-West Highway
       Silver Spring, MD 20910
       FAX: 301-713-2313
The nomination period closes 30 days after the new call for nominations is published in the Federal Register; 31 days after the new call for nominations is published in the Federal Register, the names of all nominees will be posted on the Alaska Regional website: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/. At that time, the public comment period will be open for 30 days, and will close 61 days after the new call for nominations is published in the Federal Register. All public comments must be sent to IPHC2013comments@noaa.gov.
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