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PSPA Hires New VP

Seattle, WA — Glenn Reed, President of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, announced today that Captain John V. O’Shea has joined PSPA as Vice President — Alaska.

“ Vince O’Shea has had a long history in fisheries policy issues at both the regional and national levels. Heunderstands Alaskan fisheries and is well known by the industry. We are delighted to have such a wel lrespected and experienced executive join our team. He brings great strengths to our efforts to develop sustainable solutions to the wide range of state and federal regulatory issues affecting our members,” said Reed.

Captain O’Shea spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, much of it dealing with fisheries law enforcement policy and operations at the national and regional levels, including the North Pacific. He spent nine years in Alaska, in command of the Ironwood in Kodiak, and later on the senior staff in Juneau, where he was also the Coast Guard designee to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

For the past 10 years, he has been the Executive Director and CEO of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate commission organized by the 15 Atlantic states to cooperatively manage their shared marine fisheries resources. In addition to overseeing the administrative operations of the Commission, he sat as a non-voting member on the three Atlantic regional fishery management councils and represented the interests of the Commission before Congress and NOAA.

“ I am excited about joining PSPA and returning to Alaska. The fisheries of the North Pacific are well known for being one of the best managed fisheries in the world and account for well over 50 percent of the seafood produced in America. PSPA member companies serve the critical role of getting those resources from the ocean to the public’s dinner plate, while creating markets for fishermen and tens of thousands of jobs in Alaska and Washington, all on a sustainable basis,” said O’Shea.
Captain O’Shea will be based in PSPA’s Juneau office, representing PSPA before state and federal agencies, the Alaskan Legislature, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the State Chamber of Commerce.

PSPA was formed in 1914 and represents the North Pacific seafood processing industry in state and federal regulatory issues. Its member companies participate in virtually all of Alaska’s fisheries and own and operate shoreside and floating processing plants throughout Alaska.
With any questions or for further information please contact Glenn Reed at 206-910-5150 or
glennr@pspafish.net.

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