The International Pacific Halibut Commission funds several Merit Scholarships to support university, technical college, and other post-secondary education. The scholarship fund has been established to assist the further education of Canadian and U.S. students connected to the halibut fishery and its industry. Generally, a single new scholarship valued at $4,000 (US) per year is awarded every two years. The scholarships are renewable annually for the normal four-year period of undergraduate education, subject to maintenance of satisfactory academic performance. A committee of industry and Commission representatives reviews applications and determines recipients based on academic qualifications, career goals, and relationship to the halibut industry. The next new scholarship will be offered March-June 2018.
The competition for the 2016 IPHC Merit Scholarship is closed. The recipient will be announced at the 2017 IPHC Annual Meeting.
|Recipient||Home town||Initial Year|
|Ms. Elise Pletnikoff||Kodiak, AK||2002|
|Mr. Lawren Best||Sooke, B.C.||2003|
|Mr. Casey Knight||Petersburg, AK||2004|
|Mr. Tyler Jones||Mount Vernon, WA||2005|
|Mr. Dylan Hardie||Courtenay, B.C.||2006|
|Mr. Myron Melovidov Jr.||St. Paul, AK||2007|
|Mr. Joel Thomas||Port Townsend, WA||2008|
|Mr. Parker MacClelland||Port Townsend, WA||2009|
|Mr. Ryder Whitmire||Homer, AK||2009|
|Ms. Candace Schaack||Cold Bay, AK||2010|
|Mr. John Scott||Girdwood, AK||2011|
|Mr. Jamie Nightingale||Delta, B.C.||2012|
|Mr. Spencer Lunda||Juneau, AK||2013|
|Ms. Katie Koolman||Sooke, B.C.||2014|
|Ms. Shalie Dahl||Petersburg, AK||2015|
The Governor General of Canada and the President of the United States of America each appoint three commissioners who serve without remuneration. In recent years, one commissioner from each country has been an employee of the federal fisheries agency, one a fisher, and one either a buyer or a processor. The chairmanship of the Commission alternates annually between countries.
The commissioners appoint the Director who supervises the scientific staff, which collects and analyzes statistical and biological data needed to manage the halibut fishery. The commissioners annually review the regulatory proposals made by the scientific staff and consider proposals from the industry, the Conference Board, and the Processors Advisory Group. The regulatory measures adopted by the Commission are submitted to the two governments for approval and fishers of both nations are required to observe the approved regulations.
|James Balsiger (Chair)||United States|
|Paul Ryall (Vice Chair)||Canada|
|Robert Alverson||United States|
|Linda Behnken||United States|
North Pacific Fishery Management Council - Alaska fisheries management
Pacific Fishery Management Council - WA/OR/CA fisheries management