Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wanna be on the IPHC?

The government today published this Federal Register notice inviting nominations for people to serve on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The IPHC, as I'm sure you know, is a fishery management panel with three members from the United States and three from Canada.

The Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for two U.S. seats now occupied by Ralph Hoard and Phillip Lestenkof. Both are eligible for reappointment.

Hoard is a longtime IPHC member and, if I'm not mistaken, a now retired Icicle Seafoods executive. Lestenkof is president of Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association.

Maybe you'd like to relieve one of these guys on the IPHC?

Read the notice for details on the nomination process and deadline.


Anonymous said...

No, one wants to touch this one with the recent cuts. IFQ's work when the resources is healthy, but what happens when the resource is declining..."I want my fish so I can relax in Hawaii while someone fishes them for me." To Be Continued

Anonymous said...

Is posting a reply here as Anonymous basically not the same thing as fishing your IFQ's from Hawaii? The end.

Anonymous said...

babbytz,...waaaah! Sign yer own or quit cryin'. The end II.

Anonymous said...

I think the Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association is a CDQ corporation.

Mr. Lestenkof's loyalty as the President of the corporation would most likely lean toward the source of income - one being the Bering Sea resources. Trawling for the big money fish, the pollock.

The CDQ corporations have the coast and river people in a nut lock. The issue of Salmon Bycatch of the Bering Sea Fishery should not be taken lightly. The culture and tradition of Alaskans living off the salmon returning to the rivers to spawn is heading toward endangerment. The people are being heavily restricted from harvesting at traditional levels because the resource return is becoming lower and lower and lower.

A voice for the people on the IPHC would help loosen the nut locked on the resource by Public Monies corporations. Another benefit would be a fair table where the common folks interests in survival both traditionally and culturally, would be protected.

Anonymous said...

Eh...Tim, that you again??

Anonymous said...

Last I checked the IPHC is about halibut. What does salmon have anything to do with this?

Lestenkof is a halibut fishermen from a community where a majority of its income is directly from the halibut fishery. I think the last thing he'd want to do is protect pollock at the expense of the halibut resource.

Anonymous said...

The ecosystem of the coasts, seas and oceans all interconnect. That's what halibut got to do with salmon.

Hey Eh, I'm not Tim.