Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chad See Named to Head Freezer Longline Coalition

The Freezer Longline Coalition in Seattle has hired federal policy professional Chad See as its new executive director.

See fills the slot vacated when Kenny Down left to become the new president and chief executive officer of Blue North Fisheries Inc., a coalition member.

See was previously with the global law firm K & L Gates LLP, and spent 12 years as a member of the firm’s public policy and law group in Washington DC.

See has over a decade of experience in developing coalitions and advocating to federal officials in presidential administrations and in Congress. He has also served on the staffs of US Senators Patty Murray, D-WA, and John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W VA.

While with K&L Gates, See’s work included efforts on behalf of the fishing and commercial maritime industries in the Pacific Northwest, including outreach to the federal Department of Commerce, congressional delegations for Washington and Alaska and others to support industry priorities.

Kenny Down, a veteran of over 30 years in North Pacific fisheries, joined Blue North Fisheries in late August. He has for years been instrumental in steering policies of the freezer longline Alaska cod fishery. Blue North Fisheries owns and manages five freezer longline fishing vessels operating in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, and several other fishing vessels.

The Freezer Longline Coalition is a non-profit corporation that represents owners and operators of vessels participating in the freezer longline sector of the Pacific cod fishery in federal waters of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. The coalition promotes public policy facilitating the orderly, sustainable harvest of Pacific cod and other groundfish species, and supports research and education about the longline fisheries.

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