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Governor Parnell Makes Nominations to Fisheries Council

March 16, 2011, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Parnell today nominated Eric Olson for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for continued service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also named Ragnar Alstrom and Jack Schultheis as alternate nominees.

"Eric has provided outstanding leadership on the council, and his continued service will advance Alaska's interests," said Governor Parnell. "Each of these nominees is knowledgeable and experienced in management and conservation of the fishery resources in the North Pacific."

Olson, of Anchorage, is finishing his second term on the council and is the current chair. Olson was born and raised in rural Alaska, is a Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholder, and is a lifelong commercial fisherman. He is the director of Offshore Fisheries for Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, and formerly served as the regional seafood financial manager for Kwik'pak Fisheries LLC. Olson also serves on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the North Pacific Research Board, and the North Pacific Marine Science Foundation. He earned bachelor's degrees in management as well as accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alstrom, of Alakanuk, is the executive director of Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association as well as a commercial fisherman, having participated in salmon, halibut, crab, and herring fisheries in the Yukon region. Alstrom also serves on the Yukon River Panel and the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association board of directors, in addition to his former service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Advisory Panel from 1998 - 2002. He is a former mayor of the City of Alakanuk.

Schultheis, of Emmonak, is the general manager of Kwik'pak Fisheries LLC. He has been involved in processing for 38 years, mostly in western Alaska fisheries, for companies such as 10th & M Seafoods, North Alaska Fisheries, Yukon Delta Fish Marketing Co-operative, ANPAC Fisheries, and Whitney-Fidalgo Seafoods. Schultheis is currently a member of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors.

The NPFMC manages over 900,000 square miles of ocean and is responsible for managing halibut, cod, sole, and other groundfish in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands waters. Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, the council is one of eight regional councils dedicated to the oversight of the nation's fisheries. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, which was originally signed into law in 1976, empowers the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to choose the final appointee from applicants nominated by governors of coastal states.

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