Sportfish Rep Nominated as International Pacific Halibut Commissioner

NOAA Fisheries has announced the list of nominees for two United States Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Among the names is Mr. Kevin Delaney, who represented the Kenai River Sportfish Association during the recent King Salmon Taskforce meetings.


At the beginning of those Taskforce meetings, we spoke with Mr. Delaney about his outlook on the fisheries…


Delaney: “One of the things that I’m going to be looking at real hard is, using the best science available, just what the removal of small numbers of King Salmon mean to future sustainability, and then if there is some small number that can be made available for harvest, just what we can do to really stretch that.”


At this month’s taskforce meeting, Mr. Delaney presented some potential changes to the King Salmon Late Run Management Plan, which were supported by KRSA, but weren’t well-received by commercial fishermen.


The full list of IPHC Commissioner nominees includes:

  • Robert Alverson
  • Kiril Basargin
  • Linda Behnken
  • Alfred “Bubba” Cook
  • Richard Deaver
  • Kevin Delaney
  • James Hubbard
  • Stephen Joner
  • Donald Lane
  • Stephanie Madsen
  • Hunter McIntosh
  • Henry V.E. Mitchell
  • Richard Yamada


Public comments on the nominees will be accepted until March 18, 2013. Letters of support must be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • E-mail (Prefered method):
  • Mail: Dr. James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, P.O. Box 21668, 709 West 9th Street, Juneau, AK 99802.
  • Fax: 907–586–7249, attention: Jim Balsiger
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