IPHC solicits nominations for U.S. commissioners

NOAA Fisheries is soliciting through Feb. 28 nominations for two U.S. seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission currently held by Linda Behnken of Sitka, representing Alaska, and Bob Alverson, of Seattle, representing Washington State.

Their terms expire on March 31 and both are eligible for reappointment.

Behnken, a veteran harvester, is the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and a former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, holds a master’s degree in environmental science from Yale.

Alverson, the manager of the Fishing Vessel Owners Association, also has served on the NPFMC and the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The notice of call for nominations was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 29. Nominations and any supporting documentation must be received by Feb. 28

This information may be emailed to IPHC2018nominations@noaa.gov or mailed to Patrick E. Moran, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-west Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.\Nominations are to be vetted by the federal Commerce and State departments and then forwarded to the White House for consideration for presidential appointments.