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.

You may also download a PDF version of the complete Council Member roster.

Mr. Phil Anderson (Chairman)
At-Large Appointment
Westport, WA
Phone: (360) 268-9141

Mr. Anderson’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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.

Designees for Mr. Bonham are Ms. Marci Yaremko, Ms. Joanna Grebel, Ms. Briana Brady, Dr. Craig Shuman, Mr. Brett Kormos, and Mr. John Ugoretz.


Mr. William L.  “Buzz” Brizendine
At-Large Appointment
Charter Boat Operator, San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 933-7828

Mr. Brizendine’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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.


Mr. David Crabbe (Vice-Chair)
California Obligatory Appointment
Commercial Fishing/Fisheries Consultant/Realtor, Carmel, CA
Phone: (831) 298-7194

Mr. Crabbe’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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 Mr. Joe Stohr, Acting Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 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. Marc Gorelnik
At-Large Appointment
Coastside Fishing Club, El Cerrito, California
Phone: (415) 409-9529

Mr. Gorelnik’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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. 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
Olympia, WA
Phone: (971) 263-3226

Mr. Lincoln’s statement of financial interest, 2018

Mr. Rich Lincoln is serving his third term as the obligatory member from Washington; his term will expire August 10, 2020. 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’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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
Tribal Appointment
Lapwai, ID
Phone: (206) 816-6641

Mr. Oatman’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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, 2018).


Mr. Brad Pettinger
At-Large Appointment
Brookings, OR
Phone: (541) 469-7830

Mr. Pettinger’s statement of financial interest, 2018

Mr. Brad Pettinger is serving his first term as the at-large appointment from Oregon; his term will expire August 10, 2020.

Brad has participated in the West Coast commercial fishing industry for almost 50 years, first by trolling for salmon and albacore tuna, trapping Dungeness crab and then trawling for pink shrimp and groundfish.

He has served on numerous fishing industry committees and commissions over the years and has spent the last 14 years as the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC).

In his time at the OTC, he has worked collaboratively in the Pacific Fishery Management Council process to improve the management of west coast groundfish fisheries. Under Brad’s leadership, all three Oregon trawl fisheries have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as well-managed and sustainable fisheries.

Brad currently owns a trawler that participates in the west coast trawl groundfish catch share program off the coast of northern California and southern Oregon.

He has been married to his wife Tami for 31 years and they have 4 children.


Mr. Herb Pollard
Idaho Obligatory Appointment
Boise, ID
Phone: (208) 859-0263

Mr. Pollard’s statement of financial interest, 2018

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.


Ms. Robyn Thorson
USFWS Official (Non-Voting)
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Portland, OR
Phone: (503) 231-6118

Ms. Robyn Thorson represents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Mr. Michael Clark and Dr. Denise Hawkins serve as Ms. Thorson’s designees.


Rear Admiral David G. Throop
US Coast Guard Official (Non-Voting)
US Coast Guard, Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 220-7090

Rear Admiral David Throop 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, three 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 Throop 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.

Earning his naval aviator wings in 1988 at Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, his operational aviation assignments include tours as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan; Operations and Executive Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia; H65 helicopter standardization and instructor pilot at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama; and as a duty pilot at Coast Guard Group/Air Station San Diego, California.

His other assignments include Commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Executive Assistant to the Commandant, Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant, Chief of officer personnel at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, a policy analyst for the Office of Plans, Policy and Evaluation at Coast Guard Headquarters; platform manager for the C130J aircraft during initial acquisition and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

A native of Burton, Michigan, RDML Throop graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

His personal awards include three Legions of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals with “O” device, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and various unit and service commendations. He has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Rear Admiral Throop’s designees on the Council are LCDR Scott McGrew, Mr. Brian Corrigan, and CDR Jason Brand.


Mr. Ryan J Wulff
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Official
Acting Assistant Regional Administrator
Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: (916) 930-3600

Mr. Ryan Wulff is the designee for Mr. Barry Thom, West Coast Regional (WCR) Administrator of NOAA Fisheries.  Ryan is the Assistant Regional Administrator with responsibility for the Sustainable Fisheries Division (SFD).  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. They collaborate extensively with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Native American Indian tribes and the four states within the region in the management of albacore, coastal pelagic species, groundfish, salmon, and other marine resources. They 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.

Ryan is also the United States Deputy Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission and an alternate United States Commissioner to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.  Prior to his current role, Ryan served as the California Delta Policy and Restoration Branch Chief for the WCR and prior to that as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on domestic and international protected resource and fisheries issues.  Mr. Wulff has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A.S. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Ms. Kelly Ames is the WCR SFD Operations and Policy Branch Chief and serves as designee of the Regional Administrator for all Council fisheries. Mr. Frank Lockhart represents the agency on matters related to international 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. Ms. Aja Szumylo represents the agency on matters related to Groundfish and Coastal Pelagic Species.