Pacific Fishery Management Council makes two appointments

Regional agency also announces new executive director.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A regional body overseeing conservation and management efforts of the Pacific Ocean fishery announced a handful of personnel changes in late June.

Marc Gorelnik, an attorney and recreational angler, was appointed on June 30 to fill a vacant at-large seat on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). He will represent California and assume his council position on Aug. 11.

The trademark and copyright attorney succeeds Dan Wolford on the council.

“[Gorelnik] currently lives in northern California and has worked on fishery issues on behalf of California recreational anglers for several years,” council staff said in a released statement. “Mr. Gorelnik currently serves on the council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel, which advises the council on decisions that affect commercial and recreational salmon fisheries. He is chairman of the Coastside Fishing Club and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Golden Gate Salmon Association.”

Gorelnik earned his law degree from U.C. Davis and also worked as a project engineer at Hughes Aircraft.

Council member Herb Pollard of Idaho was re-appointed to his seat on PFMC.

On June 29 PFMC announced Charles “Chuck” Tracy as the council’s new executive director. His appointment was effective immediately.

Tracy had previously served as PFMC’s deputy director for four years and was promoted to Executive Director after Don McIsaac retired in April.

The new executive director earned his undergraduate degree in biological oceanography from Humboldt State University and has been with PFMC since 2001. He also served on the Departments of Fish and Wildlife in Washington and Oregon.

PFMC is a regional fishery management council that recommends fishery management measures for California, Oregon and Washington. The council, along with seven others, was created in 1976 to manage offshore fisheries off the United States coastline.

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