The Council is accepting nominations for the SSC and Advisory Panel, and also the Charter Halibut Management Committee.
SSC and Advisory Panel
The Council is accepting nominations for its Scientific and Statistical Committee and its Advisory Panel. Members seeking reappointment do not need to submit new application materials; for others, please submit your nomination here by Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5pm Alaska time. Please note that the names, resumes, and supporting letters of those who submit a nomination will be posted on our website.
Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) nominees should have areas of expertise in biology/stock assessment, marine mammals, statistics, fisheries/resource economics, sociology/anthropology, or other relevant disciplines and be federal employees, state employees, academicians, or independent experts not employed by advocacy or interest groups. SSC members serve one-year terms but may be reappointed. The SSC advises the Council on all aspects of the decision-making process, including stock assessments and annual specifications, protected species interactions, and adequacy of analyses supporting various management actions. New SSC candidates should submit nominations, letters of interest, and a resume to the Executive Director through our nomination portal by November 30th at 5pm Alaska time. More information on the terms of reference, appointment process, and duties of SSC members can be found in the SSC Handbook.
The Advisory Panel (AP) is composed of representatives of the fishing industry and others interested in the management of the North Pacific fisheries, and provides advice from those perspectives. AP members generally serve for three-year terms, and may be reappointed for up to two subsequent, consecutive terms. Members of the panel are expected to attend up to five meetings, four to five days in length, each year. In 2022, we hope to hold meetings in-person, but it is possible that some meetings may need to be held virtually. Note that no seats on the Advisory Panel are designated to a particular stakeholder group or geographical area, and the Council encourages all interested stakeholders to apply. Of paramount importance, the Council will consider the demonstrated ability of the candidate to be objective and to consider all aspects of an issue. More information on the terms of reference, appointment process, and duties of AP members can be found in the AP Handbook.
There are nine AP appointments expiring in December 2021. The 3-year terms for seven seats expire in 2021, and of these, five are currently occupied by AP members who are eligible to serve another term: Angel Drobnica, Gretar Gudmundsson, Brian Ritchie, Erik Velsko, Marissa Wilson; AP members Craig Lowenberg and Joel Peterson are no longer eligible for reappointment. Additionally, current AP member Susie Zagorski is the interim appointee in 2021 for a seat that has two remaining years on its term, and she is eligible for reappointment. Finally, the last expiring appointment is held by John Gruver, who was appointed to a one-year term only. Nominations, letters of interest, and a resume should be submitted to the Executive Director through our nomination portal by November 30th at 5pm Alaska time. Letters of support are not required but will also be considered.
Charter Halibut Management Committee
The Council is seeking an additional representative from Area 3A to join the Charter Halibut Management Committee. The Council’s Charter Halibut Management Committee was established to develop recommended management alternatives for the charter halibut fishery in Areas 2C and 3A. Requested changes to management measures are suggested by the Committee in October of each year, then evaluated by ADF&G staff to estimate the expected charter halibut removals relative to the charter halibut catch limits for each area. . The Committee recommends management measures to the Council in December of each year. This year, the Committee is scheduled to meet on October 26-27, 2021, and on December 6, 2021.
If you are interested in joining the Charter Halibut Management Committee, please send a letter of interest to Sarah Marrinan at the Council office by November 30, 2021.