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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 19, 1998
                       AS U.S. COMMISSIONER TO THE 

The President today announced his intent to appoint Ralph Hoard to be the United States Commissioner to the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Mr. Ralph Hoard, of Seattle, Washington, currently serves as one of the three U.S. Commissioners to the IPHC. In addition to serving as U.S. Commissioner, he is the Executive Vice President of Icicle Seafoods, Inc. He started with Icicle in 1981, as their Vice President of Production, which included control of the Company's production facilities and operations in Alaska. In 1984, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Company, where he managed overall operations and special projects as required to support the President. In his current role, he handles government affairs, special projects, and the Bellingham and Everett processing facilities. Prior to working at Icicle, he was General Manager of Seward Fisheries and previously Vice President of New England Fish Co., both in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Hoard earned a B.A. from the University of Washington. An active member in his community, Mr. Hoard is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Big Brothers of King County and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center.

The U.S. Commissioner works toward the conservation, management, and rebuilding of the halibut stocks in the Convention Area to those levels which would achieve and maintain the maximum sustainable yield from the fishery.