Seafood Marketing Institute has selected another retired Coast Guardsman to
replace Ray Riutta, the outgoing executive director, himself a retired Coast
Guardsman. Retired Captain Michael Cerne, who served for 31 years, will join
ASMI in September, allowing for several months of overlap before Riutta says
goodbye at the end of the year.
Cerne is no
stranger to Alaska or its fisheries, having served on three Alaska-based
cutters, including command of the Kodiak-based Storis. He also oversaw the
Coast Guard's North Pacific Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak, and was the
chief of Fisheries Law Enforcement from 1998 to 2002.
assignment before retiring last year was in Juneau as the manager of Alaska
fishery patrol operations, through which he also served on the North Pacific
Fishery Management Council and a number of other international fishery
management organizations. He is currently working on a project for the United
Nations on improving global tuna fisheries management.
chairman Joe Bundrant of Trident Seafoods says he's known Cerne for many years,
and is happy with the board's selection.
Cerne's combination of skills and experience will make him a good addition to