Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cotten, Fields retain seats on council

The Obama administration today appointed Sam Cotten of Eagle River and Duncan Fields of Kodiak to new three-year terms on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

That Cotten will stay on the 11-member panel is a bit of a surprise, as Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell indicated he wanted to replace him with Jim Hubbard, a Seward halibut and sablefish longliner.

Cotten waged a strong campaign to keep his seat, industry players said. Plus, he is strongly identified as a Democrat, which certainly can't be said of the governor.

Of course, one might also suppose that Cotten simply has done a job worthy of another term on the council.

Here is today's announcement from the Commerce Department.


Anonymous said...

One might also suppose that with just one endorsement, Mr. Hubbard was not qualified for the position.

Anonymous said...

Happy days are here again.....Matt and drag industry failed to get additional foreign processor influence on the council. Thanks goes out to Jim Hubbard for his willingness to step up...we will see you on the docks buddy.