Pacific Seafoods has a lobbyist named Heather McCarty who is married to NOAA's own James Balsiger (Chair of the International Pacific Halibut Commission) who helps decide who gets on the IPHC. One of the IPHC candidates runs the Kodiak branch of Pacific Seafoods which owns a Kodiak dragger.
Just saying. Kind of nepotism, isn't it? A conflict of interest? Especially when draggers are hammering the hell out of the halibut resource? Our fisheries management appears to be corrupt at the core.
See also: http://tholepin.blogspot.com/2011/06/balsiger-compromised.html