Penney resigns post on federal fishery council

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Anchorage developer Bob Penney is resigning his post on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council because of a business commitment out of state.

Gov. Tony Knowles received the resignation on Tuesday and plans to nominate a replacement, a spokesman said.

In his resignation letter to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Penney said that a construction project in San Diego will require that he step down effective Oct. 9.

''I will also be vacating other civic and social positions in our community as this property is our most important family asset,'' the letter said.

Penney is building a new office building for an insurance company and the project must be complete before its lease expires July 1, 2003, the letter said. His term on the council ran through August 2003.

Knowles is considering nominating former Board of Fisheries chairman Dan Coffey to fill the remainder of Penney's term, said press spokesman Bob King.

Ben Ellis, former director of the Kenai Sportfishing Association, and Sitka charter guide William Foster are being considered as alternates, King said.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees federal fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

The Secretary of Commerce appoints the 11-member council from nominations made by the governors of Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Alaska holds six seats on the board, three seats are held by Washington and one by Oregon. A federal representative is also a voting member.

Knowles wants to nominate a member to the council before leaving office in December, King said.

Knowles is consulting with the seafood industry before making his nominations, King said. There is no timeline for a replacement, he said.


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