Thursday, November 29, 2007

Who do you like?

Gov. Sarah Palin nominated Alaska fisheries veterans Ed Dersham, Mike Heimbuch and Roland Maw as candidates to fill the North Pacific Fishery Management Council seat vacated by Ed Rasmuson.

Dersham, a longtime charter boat operator in Lower Cook Inlet, served on the Alaska Board of Fisheries for more than eight years, including three years as chair and two years as vice chair. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and is a retired from a career as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Dersham is Palin's recommendation for appointment.

Heimbuch, a commercial fisherman from Homer, has fished for halibut, herring, cod, shrimp and salmon around the state since 1963. He has served on a variety of civic and local government commissions, including the fish and game advisory committee and the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Association. He is an active political writer in Alaska newspapers and is currently a member of the Homer City Council. He majored in music and education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Maw, a Kasilof resident, is executive director of United Cook Inlet Drift Association and is co-owner of a charter and salmon research business based in Homer. He has served on the United Fishermen of Alaska's board of directors, on the Kenai Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee and on the Joint Legislative Salmon Task Force Governance Committee. Maw has a doctoral degree in forestry and wildlife management from the University of Alberta.

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 of more than 900,000 square miles of ocean from 3 to 200 miles off Alaska's shores, and the primary responsibility for managing pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires governors of specific coastal states to provide a minimum of three candidates for each applicable vacancy, from which the Secretary of Commerce makes the final selection.


mark said...

I don't know the third guy, tho he's likely to be "New Charter" or does anyone know? Dersham looked funny running a charter boat when he did it -Washington crossing the Delaware - I don't know his stance other than that and I still think of him as a new guy. Bob knows him...Bob?
Linebuck has ALWAYS asked my opinion on matters that pertain to charters (with but one exception) and goes pretty much how I would go - I like the cut of his jib.

Flatfish said...

I don't know much about Hiembuck but he seems pretty level headed. I would think that Dersham has a little better read on our industry than the others. And he has been around the system longer. I would tend to lean towards Ed. I would like to see someone on the council without the "commercial" designation after his name. Who makes the final choice? And how can we give them our input?

CaptBob said...

lHCA sent a letter of support to Sec of Commerce for Ed. He has operated as a charter here in Anchor Point since the early '80's. He started with a Zodiak raft I think, and has a lodge up the road from me. He was supportive of the original IFQ plan and should see things from our perspective. He has been working for the state so he knows their side, and he has always shown respect for the original 1993 allocation issue.

sugarcoater said...

Just checking to see if this works as another blog I use says I have the wrong filter all of a sudden. I helped Dave up at his new house today, Bob - thot you'ed like that. He had coffee and a roll for me so I was kinda "bought".
I'm done with O'leary now - Do we have another issue that screams "KICK MY ASS"?

sugarcoater said...

Just seeing if this works as another blog I use all of a sudden tells me I have the wrong filter. I helped dave up at his new house today, Bob. Thot you'ed like that tho there was coffee and a roll so I was kinda "bought".
I'm done with O'leary now - is there another issue that screams "KICK MY ASS"?

Anonymous said...

Gary, I had acouple of posts that didn't show...wazzup? - Mark