The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recently announced the appointment of David Witherell as the council’s executive director.

Witherell will be taking the helm from Chris Oliver, who was named assistant administrator of NMFS in mid-June.

“Fortunately my predecessor Chris Oliver spent quite a bit of time training me to take over the reins, and he gave me a deep understanding of the type of work and gave me the experience to understand what I was getting into as executive director someday,” explained Witherell in a brief interview with KBBI AM 890.

Witherell has worked for the council for 25 years, starting as a management plan coordinator in 1992 and being promoted to deputy director in 2002.

“David brings a long history of council experience and proven leadership skills as deputy director,” said council Chairman Dan Hull in a statement. “We’re very pleased and fortunate that he has accepted the executive director position for the North Pacific council.”

“There are so many things and issues that are on the council’s plate, and I am looking forward to helping the council and making sure they have the information to make those quality decisions they need to make,” said Witherell.

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Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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