Gov. Knowles names two to fish council

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2000

Outgoing Fish and Game Department Deputy Commissioner David Benton and a Kenai River sportfishing activist Bob Penney are Gov. Tony Knowles' choices for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

``Coming directly from the sport fishing community, (Penney) fills a presence that has been lacking at the council table,'' Knowles said.

They will replace outgoing council Chairman Rick Lauber, who cannot be reappointed after serving three terms, and retired Coast Guard Commander Joe Kyle, who served one term.

Alaskans fill six seats on the 11-member council, the federal advisory panel that regulates fishing within the United States' 200-mile limit off Alaska. Terms are for three years and begin Aug. 10.

Knowles also nominated two alternates for each seat. Alternates for Benton are two Juneau commercial fishermen who have been active in Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiations: gillnetter Jev Shelton and seiner Jim Bacon.

Penney's alternates are charter boat captain Tim Evers of Ninilchik and sport fish enthusiast Phil Cutler of Anchorage.

Final selection of appointments will be made by Commerce Secretary William Daley in late June.

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