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U.S. Commerce Department announces 2014 regional fishery council appointments


The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries Service to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 11.

The councils were established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to prepare fishery management plans for marine fish stocks in their regions. NOAAs Fisheries Service works closely with the councils as plans are developed, and then reviews, approves and implements the fishery management plans. Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental organizations and academia. They carry out the act’s requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks and manage them sustainably.

“All of us at NOAA Fisheries are eager to start working with our new council members, and to continue the work we’ve been doing with returning members,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. "The partnerships we have with the councils are more important than ever in order to continue the positive momentum we’ve been making with federally managed species in recent years.”

Each year, approximately one-third of the total 72 appointed members to the eight regional councils are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Secretary selects members from nominations submitted by the governors of fishing states, territories and tribal governments. 

Council members are appointed to both obligatory (state-specific) and at-large (regional) seats. Council members serve a three-year term and can be reappointed to serve three consecutive terms. *Asterisks preceding a member’s name indicate a reappointment.

North Pacific Council

The North Pacific Council includes members from Alaska and Washington. The appointees for 2014 will fill an obligatory seat for Alaska and an obligatory seat for Washington.

Obligatory seats:

*John J. Henderschedt (Washington)

Simon Kinneen (Alaska)

·         Simon Kinneen has worked for Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) for the past 14 years in various roles, including Norton Sound fisheries research and development director, CDQ manager, chief operating officer, and most recently, vice president and quota acquisition manager. He has served on the NPFMC Advisory Panel and Non-Target Species Committee, Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Board, Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Research Board, Marine Conservation Alliance, and various other boards relating to state and federal fisheries. Kinneen currently is NSEDC’s representative to the Western Alaska Community Development Association.  He is supported by the outgoing member Eric Olson.

·         John Henderschedt is completing his second term on the Council.  He is executive director of Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum, a partnership of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Woods Institute for the Environment, Center for Ocean Solutions and EDF.  The Fisheries Forum is a policy-neutral program providing leadership development and development opportunities for council members.


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The 2013 Report to Congress on Apportionment of Membership on the Regional Fishery Management Councils: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/management/councils/report_congress/reports.htm

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