NOAA 00-R502
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Commerce Secretary William M. Daley has appointed Robin Alden, former Maine Commissioner of Marine Resources in Augusta, to a three-year term on the National Sea Grant Review Panel, the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced today.

Alden is one of three new members appointed to the panel, made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds in marine affairs, that advises the secretary, the undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere, and the director of the National Sea Grant College Program on scientific and administrative policy.

Established by Congress in 1966, the National Sea Grant College Program is a partnership of academia, government, and the private sector dedicated to the development and wise use of the nation's coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resources. The program sponsors marine research, education, and outreach through a nationwide network of colleges.

Other new appointees to the 15-member panel are Robert Duce, professor of oceanography and atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and Nathaniel Robinson a senior executive in Wisconsin's state government serving as the administrator of the Division of Energy and Intergovernmental Relations in Madison.

Alden has improved lobster management, expanded the state's Marine Patrol vessel capability, and initiated joint appointments for department scientists with the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences. She also has been a publisher and executive editor of fisheries publications, and initiated the Maine Fisherman's Forum, which has become a major fishing industry event.

Other panel members are (alphabetically): James Arrington, associate vice president for research and graduate studies, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg; Peter Bell, adjunct professor with the Carnegie Institute and retired vice president and chief scientist of the Norton Company in Worcester, Mass.; Michael Fischer, director of the environmental program for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, Calif.; Carlos Fetterolf, Jr., retired executive secretary, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Roger Hanson, professor emeritus, University of Alabama, Birmingham; Frederick Hutchinson, professor emeritus of the University of Maine in Orono; Geraldine Knatz, (chair elect), director of planning for the Port of Long Beach in California; Elaine Knight, co-owner and manager of Knight's Seafood, Brunswick, Ga.; Frank Kudrna (chair), president of Kudrna & Associates Ltd.,Chicago, Ill.; Jeffrey Stephan, manager of the United Fishermen's Marketing Association, Kodiak, Alaska; John Toll, chancellor emeritus, University of Maryland, College Park; and Judith Weis, professor in the department of biological sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.