THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROLLAND A. SCHMITTEN AS A COMMISSIONER ON THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE CONSERVATION OF ATLANTIC TUNAS
The President today announced his intent to appoint Rolland A. Schmitten as U.S. Commissioner of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.
Mr. Rolland A. Schmitten, of Silver Spring, Maryland, currently serves as the Assistant Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has extensive experience relating to marine fishery issues. Before becoming the Assistant Administrator, he served as the Northwest Regional Director of the NMFS. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, he was the Policy Chief for Natural Resources in the Governor's Office of the state of Washington. He also served as the Director for the Washington Department of Fisheries.
Mr. Schmitten holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.
The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas was established in 1966 to coordinate international resource on tuna and tuna-like species. The Commission also makes regulatory proposals to conserve the species in a manner that allows a maximum sustainable catch.