ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Alaskans have been appointed to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
The panel is one of eight regional fishery management councils that work with the federal government.
Bob Penney of Anchorage and David Benton of Juneau are among the 32 new members of the eight councils. Robert Mallett, deputy commerce secretary, made the announcement Wednesday.
Penney is a sport-fishing activist and Benton recently retired as deputy commissioner of the state Fish and Game Department.
They were nominated to the fishery council by Gov. Tony Knowles. The selection at the time sparked criticism among commercial fishing advocates who complained that the governor did not consult with them before making the nominations.
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