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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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March 27, 2015
Contact: Bill Tweit, (360) 902-2723

WDFW seeks advisor for international groundfish panel

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through April 17 to fill a vacancy on the Bering Sea Fisheries Advisory Board (BSFAB).

One qualified candidate will be chosen to serve on the advisory panel, which consists of five appointed members from Washington along with five from Alaska. Advisors are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State.

The BSFAB was created by the U.S. Congress in 1988. It provides counsel to state and federal representatives to the United States-Russia Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on Fisheries (ICC), a bilateral forum for conservation and management of the marine resources that straddle the international boundary in the Bering Sea.

The BSFAB also advises federal and state representatives to the Convention for the Conservation and Management of Pollock Resources in the Central Bering Sea (also known as the Donut Hole convention), a six-nation body dedicated to management of pollock in the international waters of the Bering Sea.

Qualified nominees for the vacancy must be Washington residents, with knowledge of Bering Sea groundfish, living marine resources and fisheries. Members' terms are undefined, serving at the discretion of the Secretary of State and the Governor of Washington state. Members are expected to attend two or three meetings per year. There is no compensation for service, but some travel expenses may be reimbursed.

"The fisheries of the Bering Sea are economically important to Washington state and we have a strong interest in preserving and sustaining a healthy Bering Sea ecosystem," said Bill Tweit, a special assistant to the WDFW Director. "We're looking for an advisor who understands the importance of international cooperation in preserving the health of the fisheries and the ecosystem."

Along with members from Washington and Alaska, the panel also includes representatives from WDFW and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. State members are chosen by the governor of each state and confirmed by the U.S. Secretary of State. WDFW assists the governor in recruitment and selection of nominees.

Nominations to the advisory group must be received by WDFW no later than April 17, 2015.

Candidates should submit a resume, along with a statement of their fishery management philosophy and their potential contributions as an advisor to: Tina Nisbet, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091. Submission will also be accepted by e-mail (tina.nisbet@dfw.wa.gov) or fax (360) 902-2947.