Palin keeps Dillingham fisherman in North Pacific fish council seat

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008

JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday nominated a lifelong commercial fisherman from Dillingham for a second term on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The nominee, Eric Olson, is chairing the council in his first three-year term.

Olson works for Kwik'Pak Fisheries, owned by the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association.

Palin also nominated alternates Ragnar Alstrom and Jill Klein. Alstrom is a resident and former mayor of Alakanuk, and commercially fishes in the Yukon region. Klein is the executive director of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils that oversee United States marine fisheries management. It manages pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish.

It has 11 voting and four non-voting members. The Alaska governor chooses five, and the Washington governor chooses two. Other seats go to state and national fisheries officials, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The council's annual meeting is April 1-7 in Anchorage.

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