JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker named two Alaska fishermen as his top picks to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
The 11-voting member council manages most fisheries in federal waters. The terms of two Alaska members were due to expire this summer.
Anchorage resident Dan Hull, who currently chairs the council, was selected as the top pick for the small boat commercial representative seat. He fishes commercially for halibut, salmon and other species.
Seward resident Andy Mezirow was selected as the governor’s top choice for the seat intended for a recreational fishing representative. He would replace Ed Dersham. Mezirow is a charter operator who also fishes commercially for halibut.
The governor also named two alternates for each seat, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker could choose one of them.