Two Alaskans will represent the state in a regional fishery council that partners with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks.
Established by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, the NPFMC manages groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Aleutian Islands, including cod, pollock, flatfish, mackerel, sablefish, and rockfish species harvested mainly by trawlers, hook and line longliners, and pot fishermen.
Duncan S. Fields was reappointed to the Council by the Governor, along with new appointee David S. Long.
According to the Governor’s office, Fields hails from Kodiak and is now serving his second term on the North Pacific Council. Fields is also a member of the executive committee of the United Fishermen of Alaska.
Long, of Wasilla, has served the Alaska State Troopers as a vessel supervisor and has participated in fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, and Sea of Okhotsk. The Governor’s office notes “Long is also an avid sport fisherman.”
Stefanie Moreland and John Moller were named as alternate nominees.