The Coastal Conservation Association California (CCA CAL) Government Relations Committee Chairman Marc Gorelnik has recently been elected as Chairman of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). Gorelnik was elected during the previous PFMC meetings on June 19th. Gorelnik has been elected as Chairman for the 2020-2021 season.
PFMC has jurisdiction over the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 miles offshore). The Council manages commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries for about 119 species of salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, and highly migratory species in Federal waters.
Gorelnik has fished recreationally in California since he was a kid in Southern California. He now fishes offshore of the San Francisco Bay area for salmon, tuna, groundfish and Dungeness crab. Gorelnik serves on the board of directors of the Coastside Fishing Club, Golden Gate Salmon Association, and CCA CAL. With the Coastside Fishing Club, Gorelnik began a salmon acclimation program at Pillar Point Harbor that has improved salmon harvests by commercial and recreational fishermen in California and Oregon.
Gorelnik has served on California’s Dungeness Crab Task Force and worked with the California Fish and Game Commission to improve regulations governing the recreational harvest of salmon and Dungeness crab. Prior to his Council appointment, Gorelnik served on the Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel.
CCA California would like to congratulate Chairman Gorelnik on this accomplishment, and recognizes all of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices that he has made on behalf of CCA CAL during his tenure as Vice Chair of PFMC. We are looking forward to working together!