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.
Phil Anderson is serving his second term as the at-large representative which expires August 10, 2021. Anderson 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, 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.
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.
Anderson and his wife, Chris, live in Westport and have two sons. Anderson once again operates a charter business on a part-time basis and pursues his passion for hunting and fishing.
State of California Principal Official
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sacramento, CA
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, 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 for over ten years, including as the organization’s California director and as a senior attorney. He was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing Trout Unlimited’s programs in California, including the California Water Project, Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, and restoration and watershed projects in both northern and Southern California.
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. 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.
Bonham’s designees are Marci Yaremko, Briana Brady, Dr. Craig Shuman, Brett Kormos, and John Ugoretz.
Robert E. Dooley
California Obligatory Appointment
Robert Dooley is an appointed obligatory member from California. He is serving his first term which will expire August 10, 2021. Bob started his commercial fishing career at the age of 11, fishing for salmon out of Half Moon Bay, CA. where he continues to reside. He has owned and operated salmon, trawl and crab vessels on the West Coast and in Alaska for over 40 years. Bob helped to pioneer the West Coast whiting fishery as well as the Alaskan pollock fishery in the early 1980s. His work includes formation of co-op structures in both the West Coast whiting fishery and the Bering Sea pollock fishery, bycatch reduction programs in both fisheries, and work on gear innovations to avoid bycatch.
Bob is a founding member of Seafood Harvesters of America, a principal in the Marine Resource Education Program for the West Coast (MREPWest), and a current board member of the Monterey Bay Fisheries Trust. He was also a charter board member of United Catcher Boats Association and served as President from 2009 through 2013. In this capacity, He has advocated for managing the West Coast trawl fishery with catch shares for years and has testified before Congress in support of the trawl catch share program and for reauthorization of the Magnuson/ Stevens Fisheries Act. Bob was named 2017 National Fisherman “Highliner” of the year for his lifetime of work in support of and giving back to the fishing industry, both locally and globally.
Bob and his wife, Sharon, have been married for over 36 years and have two children.
Marc Gorelnik (Chair)
Gorelnik is an appointed at-large member from California. He is currently serving his second term. 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. 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, Gorelnik began a salmon acclimation program at Pillar Point Harbor that has improved salmon harvests by commercial and recreational fishermen in California and Oregon. 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, 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.
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, Gorelnik served on the Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel.
Dr. David Hanson (Parliamentarian)
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Appointment (Non-Voting)
Dr. David Hanson is the primary designee for 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.
Idaho Obligatory Appointment
Pete Hassemer is serving his first term representing the Idaho Obligatory seat; his term will expire August 10, 2022. Hassemer holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho. During his 28 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 committees, 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, Hassemer spent 7 ½ years teaching in the fisheries and marine biology programs at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.
State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Principal Official
Curt Melcher is the Director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). 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. 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. Chris Kern, Dr. Caren Braby, Maggie Sommer, and Troy Buell serve as ODFW’s designees.
Joseph Y. Oatman
Oatman is Deputy Program Manager for the Nez Perce Tribe Fisheries Department. He is serving his second term which will expire August 10, 2021.
Brad Pettinger (Vice-Chair)
Brad Pettinger is serving his first term as the at-large appointment from Oregon; his term will expire August 10, 2020.
Pettinger has participated in the West Coast commercial fishing industry for more than 50 years as a crewman, skipper and a vessel owner. During that time he has trolled for salmon and albacore tuna, trapped Dungeness crab and trawled for pink shrimp and groundfish off the three West Coast states.
He has served on numerous fishing industry committees and commissions during his career and worked 15 years as the director of the Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC), departing that position in June 2018. In his time at the OTC, Pettinger worked collaboratively in the Pacific Fishery Management Council process to improve the management of West Coast groundfish fisheries. Under his leadership at the OTC, all three of Oregon trawl fisheries were certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as well-managed and sustainable fisheries.
Pettinger currently owns a vessel that participates in the West Coast trawl groundfish catch share program off the coast of northern California and southern Oregon.
He attended Oregon State University, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration in 1981. He and his wife of 32 years, Tami, live in Brookings, Ore., and they have four children.
State of Idaho Principal Official
Ed Schriever is the Director of Idaho Fish and Game. Virgil Moore serves as Ed Schriever’s primary designee.
Aldrich J. “Butch” Smith
Washington Obligatory Appointment
Butch Smith is serving his first term as the obligatory member from Washington; his term will expire August 10, 2023.
State of Washington Principal Official
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kelly Susewind is the Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). He joined WDFW in August 2018 after serving 28 years at the Washington Department of Ecology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Washington State University and spent several years working in the private sector in Alaska and Seattle before his career at Ecology, which began in 1990. Corey Niles, Kyle Adicks, Heather Hall, and Ron Warren serve as WDFW’s designees.
Christa M. Svensson
Oregon Obligatory Appointment
Christa M. Svensson is an appointed obligatory member from Oregon. She is serving her first term which expires August 10, 2021. Svensson joined Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company/Alber Seafoods in 2017 as the Fleet Manager. In additional to working with fishermen, she serves as the Vice President of the Albacore Fisherman’s Research Foundation, and on the Board of the REALOregon, Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program. She is a 2006 graduate of the National Fisheries Institute’s Future Leader program and a 2016 IntraFish media Top 40 under 40.
Prior to working at IFCO/Alber Seafood, Christa worked for twelve years at Bornstein Seafoods in International Sales, Sustainability and Marketing. Christa worked for eighteen months for National Seafood Educators where she researched recipe ideas, taught cooking classes nationally, and sold thousands of seafood cookbooks. She fished professionally for salmon, halibut and sablefish in Alaska for seven years while paying for undergrad and graduate school. She attended Oregon State University earning an Honors Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. In 2003, she earned a Masters of Arts in Museology from the University of Washington with a focus on fundraising and development.
USFWS Official (Non-Voting)
Robyn Thorson represents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Michael Clark, Dr. Denise Hawkins, Roy Elicker, Dr. Kyle Hanson, Roger Root, and John Netto serve as Thorson’s designees.
Rear Admiral Jack Vogt
U.S. Coast Guard Official (Non-Voting)
Rear Admiral Anthony J. Vogt 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 Vogt 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.
Rear Admiral Vogt’s previous Flag Assignments include Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, in this capacity, he was responsible for the development of strategic response doctrine and policy guidance for all Coast Guard forces. Prior to that, he served as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs for the Coast Guard, where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media, and other intergovernmental bodies.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Rear Admiral Vogt is a 1987 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government. After an assignment as a deck watch officer and engineer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter JARVIS (WHEC-725), he was selected for Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, earning his wings in 1990.
Rear Admiral Vogt served at six Coast Guard Air Stations spanning Hawaii, California, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida. He was designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 1994 and served as an aviation engineer in both New Orleans, Louisiana and Clearwater, Florida. He qualified in HH-65 and HH-60 helicopters and the HC-130 aircraft, received the Federal Executive Board Heroism Award for a rescue in Los Angeles and flew rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, he commanded Air Station Savannah, Georgia from 2006 to 2008 and Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii from 2009 to 2012. His staff assignments include Aviation Resource Division Chief in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters, Chief of Staff for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska and Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
He earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University and a Master of Science Degree in National Resources Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resources Strategy in Washington, D.C.
Rear Admiral Vogt is married to the former Mary Beth Sedlacek, of Florida, and has four grown children, Joanna, Hannah, John, and Sam, and two grandchildren, Cal and Jane.
Rear Admiral Vogt’s designees on the Council are LCDR Scott McGrew, LCDR Lee Crusius, and Chris German.
State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game Official (Non-Voting)
Doug Vincent-Lang is the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He is a nonvoting member representing the State of Alaska. Alternate designees are: Rachel Baker, Karla Bush, Bill Templin, and Dani Evenson.
Ryan J Wulff
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Official
Ryan Wulff is the designee for Barry Thom, West Coast Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries. Ryan is the 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. 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 West Coast Region 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. Wulff has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A.S. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Kelly Ames is the West Coast Region Sustainable Fisheries Division Operations and Policy Branch Chief and serves as designee of the Regional Administrator for all Council fisheries. Frank Lockhart represents the agency on matters related to international groundfish, the Fishery Ecosystem Plan, and Highly Migratory Species. Susan Bishop serves as NOAA Fisheries designee before the Council on salmon matters. Aja Szumylo represents the agency on matters related to Groundfish and Coastal Pelagic Species.
Louis H. “Louie” Zimm
Louie Zimm is an appointed at-large member from California. Zimm is currently serving his first term which expires August 10, 2021. Zimm is an experienced oceanographic ship operator and Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel captain. He operated research ships for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for over 24 years. He has also owned and operated charter fishing vessels. Early in his career, while attending, and after graduating from, San Diego State University, he was involved in commercial fisheries including groundfish, coastal pelagic and highly migratory species.
Captain Zimm has been active in fishery management in California for a number of years, and with the Pacific Fishery Management Council since 2012. He was appointed to the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel in 2013.
Captain Zimm was a member of the Fisheries Information Committee advising the California Marine Life Protection Act Regional Stakeholder Group, advisor to the NOAA Recreational Fisheries Working Group, and is presently an advisor to the Sport Fishing Association of California.
Louie and his wife Gordie enjoy being at sea on their boat Shearwater assisting sailboat races and fishing offshore of San Diego.