We've been waiting quite a while for the Obama administration to decide on appointments to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
And it appears the wait could last months longer.
The IPHC is a Seattle-based fishery management panel with three members from the United States and three from Canada.
The regular terms for U.S. members expired some time ago.
Now their terms have been extended pending new presidential appointments, says a recent update to nominees from Jim Balsiger, Alaska regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service and himself an IPHC commissioner.
Here's the update:
June 28, 2013
Dear 2013 IPHC Nominee:
This note is to bring you up-to-date on the latest developments concerning commissioner appointments for the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Current U.S. IPHC commissioners Ralph Hoard, Phillip Lestenkof, and myself received letters of alternate appointments this week from the U.S. State Department, notifying us that our terms as IPHC commissioners had been extended until June 2014, or until the President appoints two new commissioners, whichever occurs first.
Our appointment terms had expired in March. The extension of current appointments is to ensure U.S. representation on the IPHC until new presidential appointments can be made.
The process to fill the two vacant IPHC commissioner seats — for which you have been nominated — continues to go forward at this time.
Thank you for your continued patience.