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Governor Makes Nomination to Fishery Council

March 6, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today nominated Simon Kinneen for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also named Ragnar Alstrom and John Moller as alternate nominees.

“Simon’s strong background and experience with subsistence, sport fishing, and commercial fishing, will make a great contribution to the NPFMC,” said Governor Parnell. “Each of these nominees is committed to continue to improve fishery management for the benefit of the resource, the commercial fishing industry, and for individuals who depend on the food source.”

Kinneen, of Nome, 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, the federally-mandated body charged with various functions associated with the CDQ Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science and management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Alstrom, of Alakanuk, has commercially fished the Yukon River, Bering Sea, and Norton Sound for more than 35 years. He is the executive director of the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. Alstrom serves on the Alakunak City Council and previously served as mayor. He is a member of the Yukon River Panel, an international panel between Canada and the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association. Alstrom also previously represented the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association on the conference board to the International Pacific Halibut Commission and sat on the advisory panel to the NPFMC. He also served as a board member to the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association. 

John Moller was born in Unalaska and resides in Juneau, where he serves as senior rural affairs advisor in the Office of the Governor. He has worked for many years as a commercial fisherman, and currently owns and operates a commercial fishing vessel in Southeast Alaska. Moller also owns and manages commercial properties. He has served on a number of Alaska Native and local government community boards and committees, including four years on the Advisory Panel to the NPFMC. Moller also served for 13 years as general manager of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association.

The NPFMC manages more than 900,000 square miles of ocean, and is responsible for managing halibut, cod, sole, and other groundfish in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and 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, 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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