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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
(State College, PA)
For Immediate Release July 10, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROLLAND A. SCHMITTEN AS
U.S. COMMISSIONER OF THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION
The President today announced his intent to appoint Rolland A.
Schmitten to serve as U.S. Commissioner of the International Whaling
Mr. Rolland A. Schmitten, of Cashmere, Washington, is currently the
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Interests, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
In this position, he is responsible for all of NOAA?s international
activities, participation in international fishery agreements,
international satellite agreements, exchange of environmental data with
other countries, whaling and other marine mammal agreements, as well as
representing NOAA on global environmental issues. Prior to this position,
Mr. Schmitten was the Assistant Administrator for the National Marine
Fisheries Service at NOAA where he was responsible for the promotion of the
conservation, management and development of living marine resources for
commercial and recreational use.
Mr. Schmitten received a B.A. from Washington State University.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was established by the 1946
International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling to provide for the
continuing review of the condition of whale stocks and for such additions
to or modifications of the agreed conservation measures as might appear
desirable. The IWC normally meets once a year.
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