Kinneen and Tweit re-elected
The Council unanimously re-elected Simon Kinneen as Chair and Bill Tweit as Vice-Chair.
Council welcomes Vanderhoeven and Moore
The Council swore in Anne Vanderhoeven as its newest member at the beginning of its October meeting. Ms. Vanderhoeven is the Director of Government Affairs for Arctic Storm and has been involved in the Council process for many years. She recently served on the Council’s Advisory Panel as a representative for the Community Development Quota groups and is active and involved on many Council committees. She began her career as a fisheries observer and brings decades of experience across many sectors and fleets.
Additionally, David Moore joins the Council as the new representative for the US Department of State, where he serves as the International Relations Officer of the Office of Marine Conservation.
At this meeting, the Council also swore in Andy Mezirow and John Jensen to their third and second terms, respectively. Each term is three years. Council member’s full bios are included on the website.
Dr. Jim Balsiger retires
Dr. Balsiger, NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Regional Administrator, will be retiring November 30, following 47 years of service to NOAA Fisheries. He served as Regional Administrator, Regional Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Acting Administrator for NOAA Fisheries during that time.
Dr. Balsiger has a long history of working with the Council and on North Pacific fisheries issues, including serving as Chairman of the GOA Groundfish Plan Team and a stint on the Council’s SSC. Jim noted many things have changed over the years, specifically how bycatch is calculated, and including a variety of options for analysis. He was appreciative of the time he has worked in fisheries management in Alaska and thanked all the stakeholders, scientists, staff, and public that have contributed to the process. We wish you all the best in your retirement, Jim!