Two fisheries veterans nominated for NPFMC

Fisheries industry veterans Cora Campbell and Nicole Kimball have been selected as Alaska’s preferred nominees to fill two seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Campbell, a commercial harvester and former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, was named in January as president and chief executive officer of Silver Bay Seafoods, in Sitka.

Kimball, a former fisheries analyst for the council, also served as a federal fisheries coordinator for ADF&G before being named vice president of Alaska operations for the Seattle based Pacific Seafood Processors Association.

Campbell and Kimball were nominated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, whose second and third choices for both seats were John Moller and Julianne Curry respectively. Moller, a lifelong subsistence fisherman, is Dunleavy’s commercial fisheries advisor. He served previously on the NPFMC’s advisory panel.

Curry, a veteran commercial harvester, has worked with Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, United Fishermen of Alaska and Icicle Seafoods and served on the NPFMC’s advisory panel.

Final selection will be made by the U.S. Department of Commerce and those chosen will join the council in August.

The NPFMC is one of eight regional councils established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 19767 to manage fisheries in the 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

The council meets five times annually, usually in February, April, June, October and December, with three meetings held in Anchorage, one in an Alaska fishing community and one either in Portland or Seattle, to hear reports and public testimony, and to take action on issues impacting federal fisheries, from conservation to allocation.

All meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions, and are broadcast over the Internet while are online at npfmc.org.