Knowles nominates Coffey to federal fish board

Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles nominated a former state Board of Fish chair to a federal panel overseeing North Pacific fisheries.

Knowles announced Monday that he wants Dan Coffey to fill the seat vacated on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council by Soldotna developer Bob Penney.

Coffey, an Anchorage attorney, served two terms on the state Fish Board after being tapped by Knowles in 1996.

Penney submitted his resignation last week, saying he has pressing business out of state.

Knowles nominated Coffey to replace him and also submitted the names of former Sitka charter guide Bill Foster and sportfisher Ben Ellis of Soldotna.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald Evans will make the final appointment.

The 11-member North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages fisheries in federal waters off Alaska's shores.

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