SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed State Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. McGuire, 40, has served as the chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2014.
The Pacific States Marine Commission was established by an act of Congress in 1947 to manage resources associated with the Pacific Ocean. It does not have management or regulatory authority but the commission does facilitate a discussion and forum on fishery resources. The commission’s activities are funded by federal grants, special contracts and dues paid by member states, according to its mission statement.
There are five member states on the commission: California; Oregon; Washington; Alaska; and, Idaho. Three commissioners represent each state; California’s three members are McGuire, Department of Fish and Wildlife Chair Charlton H. Bonham and Barbara Emley, an individual.
McGuire previously served on the Sonoma Board of Supervisors (2010-2014) and was mayor of Healdsburg (2006). He earned a masters degree from the University of San Francisco.
The appointment is not compensated and requires State Senate confirmation.