Big industry push propels Cross to council seat

The U.S. Commerce Department today reappointed Alaskans Dan Hull and Ed Dersham to new three-year terms on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and appointed newcomer Craig Cross to a Washington state seat.

The Cross appointment is remarkable, as he wasn't the Washington governor's first choice for the seat.

As reported previously here on Deckboss, a large industry contingent lobbied strongly for Cross over fellow nominee Lori Swanson, who was Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's top pick.

Here's the Commerce Department press release.