Rosters: Council Member Biographies, Statements of Financial Interest
The Pacific Council has 14 voting members and 5 non-voting members; noting that the voting National Marine Fisheries Service seat rotates between representatives of the Northwest and Southwest Sections of the West Coast Region on an issue-dependent basis. Below you will find biographies, contact information, and if applicable, statements of financial interest.
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Mr. Phil Anderson (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (360) 268-9141
Mr. Phil Anderson is serving his first term as the at-large representative which expires August 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson recently retired from a 20 year career at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where he held several positions including Special Assistant to the Director overseeing intergovernmental issues associated with both fish and wildlife, serving as Deputy Director of the agency from 2007- 2008, and finally serving as the agency Director from 2009 – January of 2015.
Prior to his career with the State of Washington, Mr. Anderson owned and operated a charter fishing boat business from 1970 – 1994, fishing out of the ports of Westport and Neah Bay. He held an obligatory seat serving as a member of the Pacific Fishery Management Council from 1987 – 1994 and he has also been a longtime participant within the Pacific States Marine Commission.
Mr. Anderson is currently serving as a Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission, a body that is responsible for implementing the U.S. / Canada Salmon Treaty. He also represents the interests of the Pacific Fishery Management Council on the Joint Management Committee established to implement the U.S./Canada Whiting treaty.
Mr. Anderson and his wife, Chris, live in Westport and have two sons. Mr. Anderson once again operates a charter business on a part time basis and pursues his passion for hunting and fishing.
Mr. Chuck Bonham
State of California Principal Official
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, CA
Phone: (916) 653-7667
Charlton “Chuck” Bonham is the Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (previously the Department of Fish and Game). Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Bonham as Director in late August 2011. The Department’s mission is to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public. As one of the oldest and largest state fish and wildlife agencies with approximately 3,000 employees and a $600 million/year budget, the Department is California’s primary agency for fish, wildlife, and habitat resources. California’s habitat and wildlife diversity is unequaled by any other state, and is recognized as a globally-important biodiversity hotspot.
Under the Brown Administration, Mr. Bonham has served as Director for five years, making him one of the longest-serving directors in recent history. Prior to his appointment, he served in a number of roles for Trout Unlimited (TU) for over ten years, including as the organization’s California director and as a senior attorney. He was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing TU’s programs in California, including the California Water Project, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, and restoration and watershed projects in both northern and Southern California.
Mr. Bonham has also served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Directors of the Delta Conservancy, whose mission is to conserve, sustain and enhance the cultural, agricultural, recreational, wildlife and natural habitat resources of the River Delta region, as well as develop and promote sustainable protection, management and stewardship programs through research and education. Mr. Bonham received his J.D. and Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa.
Mr. William L. “Buzz” Brizendine
Charter Boat Operator, San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 933-7828
Mr. Buzz Brizendine is an appointed at-large member from California. Mr. Brizendine is currently serving his third term which expires August 10, 2018. He has held various captain positions for certified passenger fishing vessels. Mr. Brizendine currently serves on the board of directors for the Sportfishing Association of California.
Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt
US Coast Guard Official (Non-Voting)
US Coast Guard, Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 220-7090
Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. The Thirteenth District spans over the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.
In order to accomplish the Coast Guard’s missions in the Pacific Northwest, the Thirteenth District is home to approximately 1,746 active duty, 133 civilian, and 456 reserve personnel, three Sectors, two Air Stations, a Marine Safety Unit, a Maritime Force Protection Unit, 15 multi-mission small boat stations, four Aids to Navigation Teams, 12 patrol boats, and three Aids to Navigation Cutters. In addition to maintaining operational control over all Coast Guard activities in the district, Rear Admiral Butt is responsible for cultivating efficient and effective relationships with numerous other federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, the tribal nations located in the Pacific Northwest, and with the Coast Guard’s international counterparts.
After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1982, Rear Admiral Butt first served aboard the USCGC SUNDEW in Duluth, Minnesota, followed by Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. As a rotary-wing aviator, Rear Admiral Butt served operational tours of duty at Air Stations Borinquen, Puerto Rico; Astoria, Oregon; Port Angeles, Washington; and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Rear Admiral Butt’s command tours include Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Group and Air Station Humboldt Bay in Northern California as well as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Detroit, Michigan. He served as the Commanding Officer of the Asset Project Office (APO) and as the Commanding Officer of the Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC) in Baltimore, Maryland.
To supplement his operational background, Rear Admiral Butt has served as the chief of the Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41), was the director at the Mission Support Integration Office (DCMS-5), served as the Assistant Commandant for Capability (CG-7), and most recently served as Deputy Commandant for Operational Policy and Capability located at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.
A native of Hartley, Iowa, Rear Admiral Butt holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Structures from Purdue University. His military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Mr. David Crabbe
California Obligatory Appointment
Commercial Fishing/Fisheries Consultant/Realtor, Carmel, CA
Phone: (831) 298-7194
Mr. David Crabbe is the appointed obligatory member from California. He is serving his third term which expires August 10, 2018. Mr. Crabbe has been a commercial fisherman in California for thirty years and a resident of the Monterey Peninsula since 1968. Once a college baseball prospect, David started his career in the commercial fishing industry at the age of 17. Working on his friends uncle’s boat as a deckhand, and later managing a small fleet of boats, David was a quick study.
David owns Buccaneer Fishing and holds a market squid light boat permit. For the past several years, he has represented Monterey commercial fishermen on the California Wetfish Producers Association Board of Directors and served one term as vice president and is a current board member. In this capacity, David has been engaged in a variety of regulatory issues and understands the complex nature of the fishing industry in a competitive global environment.
He has demonstrated his commitment to the fishing industry both as a volunteer, fisherman, and as a private consultant. He worked with environmental organizations to organize and facilitate a crab steering committee to discuss commercial crab fishery management issues. David has been actively involved in shaping California fishery management regularly serving as a Central California regional stakeholder for the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) process, the California Department of Fish & Game’s California Squid Advisory Board and the Fishery Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. In these roles, David helped create changes in management plans of the squid industry.
Ms. Michele Culver
State of Washington, Intergovernmental Ocean Policy
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Olympia, WA
Phone: (360) 902-2182
Ms. Michele Culver serves as the primary designee to Dr. James Unsworth, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department). Mr. Corey Niles and Mr. Kyle Adicks also serve as designees.
Ms. Culver has worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife since 1994. In her current position, she develops and oversees the implementation of policies and management decisions affecting ocean fisheries and resources, coordinating with many overlapping tribal, federal, and state jurisdictions. Ms. Culver has been a state designee on the Pacific Fishery Management Council since 2006, and previously served on the Council’s Management Teams for Groundfish and Highly Migratory Species, and on the Habitat Committee. She is also the Council’s representative on the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s Management Strategy Advisory Board and the West Coast Regional Planning Body.
Mr. Jeff Feldner
Phone: (541) 444-2460
Mr. Jeff Feldner is serving his second term as the at-large appointment from Oregon; his term will expire August 10, 2017. Mr. Feldner was a commercial fisherman from 1972 through 2014, operating out of Newport, OR. He owned and managed a commercial fishing business, Granville Fisheries, Inc., and was also a partner in a cooperative seafood marketing and processing plant in Newport. He was employed as a Fisheries and Seafood Specialist with OSU Sea Grant Extension from 2006 through 2013. His overall position responsibility was to promote sustainable West Coast fisheries and fishing communities by strengthening the integration of those communities into fishery management, fisheries science, and seafood marketing. He was the Oregon Sea Grant faculty outreach person involved in Oregon’s Marine Spatial Planning process, and served on the Ocean Policy Advisory Committee (OPAC) Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). He has represented Oregon fisheries in management processes since 1983, serving on the Oregon Salmon Commission from 1983 – 95, the Salmon Advisory Subpanel to the Pacific Fishery Management Council from 1987–1995, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission from 1995 – 2004, and currently on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Mr. Feldner has served as a coordinator, as well as participant, in several fisheries research projects, including the ODFW Differential Selectivity Study of Salmon Gear Types, 1990, the NEAP Data Collection Projects (gear selectivity, hooking mortality, encounter rate studies), 1995 -1996, and the CROOS project (GSI study of Chinook salmon distribution), 2006 – present.
Dr. Steve Freese
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Official
Acting Assistant Regional Administrator
Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: (206) 526-6113
Dr. Steve Freese is the designee for Mr. Barry Thom, West Coast Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries. Steve is the Acting Assistant Regional Administrator with responsibility for the Sustainable Fisheries Division. The Sustainable Fisheries Division oversees the conservation of marine resources and the management of sustainable commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries on the West Coast, extending from the vast interior salmon habitat of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean. We collaborate extensively with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Native American Indian tribes and the four states within the region in our management of albacore, coastal pelagic species, groundfish, salmon, and other marine resources. We also participate in the implementation of numerous international treaties and other agreements designed to conserve while sustaining fisheries for highly migratory fish, particularly tuna, whiting, halibut and salmon, and protect marine mammals of mutual interest to nations of the Pacific. Responsibilities include implementation of Native American Tribal treaty fishing rights in the Northwest and harmonizing these requirements within our review of salmon harvest and hatchery operations to ensure consistency with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act. In addition, the Division relies heavily on the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center to complete the Division’s mission. Steve has a MA in Economics and PhD in Marine Studies. After a stint as economist with the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, he joined NOAA Fisheries in 1984. His career path includes positions as regional economist, foreign affairs officer, international trade specialist, grants specialist, and fisheries manager.
Mr. Frank Lockhart represents the agency on matters related to groundfish, CPS and the Fishery Ecosystem Plan. Ms. Heidi Taylor represents the agency on Highly Migratory Species. Dr. Peter Dygert serves as a NOAA Fisheries designee before the Council on salmon matters. Mr. Kevin Duffy also serves as designee.
Mr. Marc Gorelnik
Coastside Fishing Club, El Cerrito, California
Phone: (415) 409-9529
Mr. Gorelnik is an appointed at-large member from California. He is serving his first term that will expire on August 10, 2019. Mr. Gorelnik has fished recreationally in California since he was a kid in Southern California. He now fishes offshore of the San Francisco Bay area for salmon, tuna, groundfish and Dungeness crab. Mr. Gorelnik serves on the board of directors of the Coastside Fishing Club, Golden Gate Salmon Association and the California chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. With the Coastside Fishing Club, Mr. Gorelnik began a salmon acclimation program at Pillar Point Harbor that has improved salmon harvests by commercial and recreational fishermen in California and Oregon.
Mr. Gorelnik is a member of the State Bar of California. He practices trademark, unfair competition and copyright law and is admitted to practice before the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the district courts of California. Prior to attending law school at the University of California, Davis, Mr. Gorelnik was a project manager and member of the technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Company’s Santa Barbara Research Center. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science degree in Scientific Instrumentation from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Gorelnik has served on California’s Dungeness Crab Task Force and worked with the California Fish and Game Commission to improve regulations governing the recreational harvest of salmon and Dungeness crab. Prior to his Council appointment, Mr. Gorelnik served on the Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel.
Dr. Steven L. Haeseker
USFWS Official (Non-Voting)
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Vancouver, WA
Phone: (360) 604-2500
Dr. Haeseker serves as the primary designee for Ms. Robyn Thorson representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). He shares this position in alternation with Ms. Christina Wang. Within the USFWS, he serves as the Group Lead for the Analytical Services Section of the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office (CRFPO). In this position, Dr. Haeseker also provides oversight for a broad array of analytical questions, issues, and activities including the Endangered Species Act listed species status determination and recovery planning, geographic information system application in resource management, and West Coast fishery management technical analysis.
Dr. Haeseker received a B.S. degree in Widlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California, Davis in 1992, a M.S. Degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University in 1995, a second M.S. degree in Statistics from Michigan State University in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Fisheries from Michigan State University in 2001. Dr. Haeseker’s professional interests and expertise include fisheries management, stock assessments, population dynamics, modeling, statistics, and decision analysis. Dr. Haeseker has extensive expertise and experience working with the hydro-system management issues in the Columbia River Basin.
Dr. David Hanson (Parliamentarian)
PSMFC Appointment (Non-Voting)
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Portland, OR
Phone: (218) 675-5231
Dr. David Hanson is the primary designee for Mr. Randy Fisher representing the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) based in Portland, Oregon. He serves as Deputy Director of PSMFC and is currently chairman of the Council’s Legislative Committee and Parliamentarian. Dr. Hanson has been employed by PSMFC since 1989. His responsibilities include service as PSMFC’s liaison with both the Pacific and North Pacific Fishery Management Councils, development of interjurisdictional fishery management plans for West Coast fisheries, and involvement in many international fishery issues for PSMFC. Prior to this position, Dr. Hanson served as Chief of Fisheries for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Dr. Hanson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Idaho.
Mr. David Hogan
US State Department Official (Non-Voting)
US State Department, Washington D.C.
Phone: (202) 647-2335
David Hogan is the Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Marine Conservation and serves as the Department’s representative to eastern Pacific fisheries bodies and agreements, including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program, and the U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty.
Mr. Rich Lincoln
Washington Obligatory Appointment
Phone: (971) 263-3226
Mr. Rich Lincoln is serving his second term as the obligatory member from Washington; his term will expire August 10, 2017. Mr. Lincoln has over 40 years of varied experience in fisheries research, management and policy in the North Pacific and working on global fisheries sustainability. He is Founder and Senior Advisor of Ocean Outcomes, an international non-profit that specializes in working with communities and industry to improve the sustainability of globally significant fisheries. Prior positions included Wild Salmon Center Program Director, International Policy Director for the Marine Stewardship Council in London, UK, and a long association with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in various research, management and policy leadership roles. These roles included serving as bi-lateral chair of the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Fraser Panel under the U.S.-Canada Salmon Treaty, developing co-management plans with Pacific Northwest treaty Indian tribes and designee to Washington State’s principal official member of PFMC. He has advised the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization on its adoption of international fisheries ecolabelling guidelines and serves as a U.S. advisor to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.
Ms. Dorothy Lowman
Oregon Obligatory Appointment
Natural Resource Consultant, Portland, OR
Phone: (503) 804-4234
Ms. Lowman is an appointed obligatory member from Oregon. She is serving her third term which expires August 10, 2018. From September 2013 through June 2016 she served as PFMC chair and currently serves as Chair of the Budget Committee. Ms. Lowman has over 30 years of experiences working with fisheries issues. As a fisheries consultant, she works with both industry and environmental organizations on fishery management issues both regionally in the Pacific and North Pacific and nationally. Since 2014, she has also served as an US Commissioner to the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. With an undergraduate degree in oceanography and a master’s in marine resource management, her prior work experience includes working as staff at the University of Washington Oceanography Department and for the Pacific, North Pacific and Western Pacific Councils. Prior to her Council appointment, she served on the Council’s Trawl Individual Quota Committee as well as the Secretary of Commerce’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.
Mr. Curt Melcher
State of Oregon Principal Official
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Salem, OR
Phone: (503) 947-6044
Mr. Curt Melcher is the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Mr. Melcher holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon. He has served at ODFW for over 30 years, including the position of Deputy Director from September 2007 until September 2014. Mr. Melcher has also served on many regional management forums, including the Council’s Salmon Technical Team, the Klamath Fishery Management Council, and the Pacific Salmon Commission Southern Panel. Mr. Chris Kern, Dr. Caren Braby, Ms. Maggie Sommer, and Mr. Troy Buell serve as ODFW’s designees.
Mr. Virgil Moore
State of Idaho Principal Official
Idaho Fish and Game, Boise, ID
Phone: (208) 553-5825
Mr. Virgil Moore is the Director of Idaho Fish and Game. Mr. Pete Hassemer is his primary designee. Mr. Hassemer is the the Anadromous Fish Manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Mr. Hassemer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho. During his 26 years at Idaho Fish and Game working in the research and management arenas he has served on many Columbia River basin and west coast technical and management bodies including the Pacific Salmon Treaty Chinook Technical Committee, the Council’s Scientific and Statistical and Habitat committee, U.S. v Oregon Columbia River Fish Management Plan committees and NOAA’s Interior Columbia River Basin Technical Recovery Team. Prior to joining the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Mr. Hassemer spent 7 ½ years teaching in the fisheries and marine biology programs at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.
Mr. Joseph Y. Oatman
Phone: (206) 816-6641
Mr. Oatman is Deputy Program Manager for the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Department. He is serving his first term which will expire August 10, 2018. Mr. David Sones serves as Mr. Oatman’s designee (see Mr. Sones’ statement of financial interest, 2017).
Mr. Herb Pollard (Chairman)
Idaho Obligatory Appointment
Phone: (208) 859-0263
Mr. Herb Pollard is serving his third term representing the Idaho Obligatory seat; his term will expire August 10, 2019. Mr. Pollard was born in Lakeview, Oregon, and spent his early life in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1962. He attended University of Oregon for two years, before transferring to Oregon State University where he graduated with a BS Degree in Fisheries Science in 1967. Herb earned an MS in Fisheries Management from University of Idaho in 1969, and immediately started work for Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a Fishery Research Biologist. After a 28 year career with IDFG, including stints as Regional and State Fishery Manager, Anadromous Fishery Coordinator, and Regional Supervisor, he spent 10 years with NOAA Fisheries, dealing with Endangered Species Act consultations and regulations regarding fishery management, fish hatcheries, and harvest issues that impact listed salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia River basins. Currently Mr. Pollard is working as an independent contractor consulting on fishery management issues. In addition to a professional career as a Fishery Biologist, he is an avid and expert recreational angler and has written and spoken extensively about recreational fishing.
Mr. Charles O. Swanton
State of Alaska Official (Non-Voting)
Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Juneau, AK
Phone: (907) 465-4100
Mr. Charles Swanton, Deputy commissioner, is the designee for Mr. Sam Cotten, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). He is a nonvoting member representing the State of Alaska. Alternate designees are: Ms. Karla Bush, Ms. Dani Evenson, and Mr. Bob Clark.