WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Department of Commerce has appointed Michael P. Duenas to a seat on the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Michael Duenas was appointed to an obligatory seat, which is specific to a state or territory. He will replace Manny Duenas, president of the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association, who has represented Guam since 2003.
Michael Duenas is the general manager of the GFCA. He is one of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service. The new and appointed council members will begin their three-year terms on Aug. 11, 2012.
“I am pleased that the Department of Commerce has appointed Michael Duenas to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council,” said Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU). “Michael has more than a decade of experience working with the Guam Fishermen’s Co-Op, where he has worked to promote conservation policies and maintain sustainable fishery practices on Guam.
“Michael’s appointment will help to ensure that the needs of our fishing community on Guam are addressed, and his expertise in the field will help the Council fulfill its mission of protecting fish stocks through local and community involvement.” (PR)