Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Two US Commissioner Seats Open at IPHC

Federal fisheries officials say a combination of factors have prompted them to issue a new call for nominations to fill two United States commissioner seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the call for new nominations was to be published today in the Federal Register and nominations will be accepted for 30 days.

The commissioners represent the interests of the United States and all of its stakeholders in the Pacific halibut fishery, while working to develop Pacific halibut stocks to levels that will permit the optimum yield from the fishery jointly managed with Canada.

The US Commissioners are appointed for a term not to exceed two years, but they are eligible for reappointment. Commissioners are not paid for their work, but the US State Department pays their travel expenses for two or three trips annually.

Back in the spring of 2012, NOAA Fisheries publicly solicited nominations for two presidential appointments to serve as US commissioners to the IPHC. It was the first time ever that nominees for IPHC commissioner seats were sought through an open, public nomination process.

NOAA officials said Jan. 15 that while the initial nomination list included many strong candidates, the combination of a number of factors resulted in the decision to re-initiate the public nomination process. These factors include the lapse of time since original nominees expressed interest in an appointment, and consideration of balanced representation on the commission.

Those interested may contact NOAA Fisheries at, Fax 1-301-713-2313, or write to Patrick Moran, National Marine Fisheries Service Office of International Affairs, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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