Knowles nominates two for seats on fishery management council

Posted: Friday, March 16, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has nominated two new representatives to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Stosh Anderson, a Kodiak fisherman and conservationist, was picked to fill the seat of Kevin O'Leary, who has moved from the state.

Stephanie Madsen, vice president of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, was chosen to replace Linda Behnken. Behnken was not eligible for another three-year term.

The secretary of commerce must approve both nominations.

The fishery management council regulates commercial catches of pollock, cod, halibut and other species in federal waters from three to 200 miles offshore. The council has 11 voting members.

Anderson, 54, is a longtime Bristol Bay salmon fisherman. He also fishes for herring, halibut and black cod out of Kodiak. He was also a founder of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, which has campaigned against fish waste and bottom trawling.

Knowles spokesman Bob King said Anderson would add diversity to the council.

''All fishermen are environmentalists to one degree or another,'' said Anderson, reached Thursday at his Kodiak home. ''I don't think the two are incompatible.''

Many fishermen who operate with trawl nets, which catch the bulk of Alaska's fish, regard the conservation council as an anti-trawling group made up of small-boat fishermen who use hooks and traps.

Anderson said he has no problem with big nets that don't drag the bottom. He vowed to serve ''with an open mind.''

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