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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 19, 1998
                            PRESIDENT CLINTON 

The President today announced his intent to appoint James Pipkin as U.S. Federal Commissioner of the Pacific Salmon Commission.

Mr. James Pipkin, of Bethesda, Maryland, is the Director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis. He previously served as the Counselor to the Secretary of Interior. He is the Interior Department's member of the Coastal America partnership, and Secretary Babbitt's liaison to the President's Council on Sustainable Development. He chairs the interagency working group on ecosystem management. Since coming into government, he has played a key role in mining, water rights, and Pacific Northwest forest issues. He previously served as chief federal negotiator on Everglades restoration. Mr. Pipkin currently serves as the Special Negotiator for the U.S. Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty and Acting U.S. Federal Commissioner to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Before entering government, he was Partner for more than twenty years with Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, DC, where he had extensive experience in negotiation and arbitration.

Mr. Pipkin earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University.

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC)serves as a forum for cooperation between the United States and Canada in the establishment of general fishery management regimes for the International conservation and harvest sharing of intermingling North Pacific salmon stock. The Pacific Salmon Treaty Act of 1985, requires the Presidential appointment of four U.S. Commissioners to the Pacific Salmon Commission. The PSC is the implementing body for the US/Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty. It manages the intercepting fisheries and also establishes a basis for bilateral cooperation on research, restoration, and enhancement of salmon stocks on the Canadian and U.S. Pacific Coast.