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Governor's North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Nominee Approved by Secretary of Commerce


January 08, 2008
Tuesday PM

(SitNews) - Governor Sarah Palin announced Monday that her top nominee to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has been approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. Robert "Ed" Dersham has been appointed to fill the remainder of the term of former council member Ed Rasmuson, who resigned January 1, 2008.

Dersham lives in Anchor Point and is a 23-year charter boat operator in Lower Cook Inlet. He served on the Alaska Board of Fisheries for more than eight years, including three years as chair and two years as vice-chair. He was involved in developing and chairing the joint protocol committee for coordination between the Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Council. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and is retired from a career as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

"I'm pleased that the Secretary of Commerce has appointed Ed Dersham to fill this vacancy. He was my top choice because of his extensive fisheries expertise and his commitment to the State of Alaska," said Governor Palin. "With all the issues facing the council, it's important to have another Alaska member who shares our vision for sustainable fisheries and a vibrant coastal economy."

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the 1976 Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, later renamed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, to oversee management of the nation's marine fisheries. The council has jurisdiction over 900,000 square miles of ocean from three to 200 miles off Alaska's shores, and has primary responsibility for managing pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires governors of specific coastal states to provide nominations for each applicable vacancy, from which the Secretary of Commerce makes a final appointment. Dersham's term on the council will run through August 10, 2009.


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