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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 16, 1996

The President today announced his intention to appoint Donald J. Barry of Monroe, Wisconsin, as U.S. Federal Representative to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission.

Mr. Barry is currently serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Mr. Barry has also served as Counselor and Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Traditionally, the Federal Representative to the Commission has been a Presidential Appointee from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Mr. Barry's prior experience includes serving as the Vice President for U.S. Land and Wildlife at the World Wildlife Fund. He also has served as the Majority General Counsel for Fisheries and Wildlife with the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee from 1985 to 1991, and as Assistant Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1980 to 1985. Mr. Barry's legislative background makes him particularly well suited for his appointment to the Commission given his past work on Great Lakes legislation regarding foreign aquatic nuisance species like the zebra mussel.

The Great Lakes Fisheries Commission was created in 1956 by the United States and Canada to administer a sea lamprey control program for the Great Lakes. Such a program became necessary as a result of the elimination of the lake trout and salmon populations of the Great Lakes by the sea lamprey. In the fulfillment of its mission, the Commission seeks to find ways to control the sea lamprey population, and works with the States and Canadian Provinces of the Great Lakes region to ensure that the Lakes are amply stocked with lake trout and salmon.