CCA created the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee as a subcommittee of the National Government Relations Committee. It is comprised of dedicated CCA volunteers working within the federal fisheries council system for better fisheries management in the Pacific Northwest.
Angela Hult, of Oregon, is the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Committee Chairman. Heath Heikkila serves as the CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Director and staff member for the committee.
CCA Pacific Northwest Fisheries Director
In 2004, Heikkila joined the Washington, D.C. office of Ball Janik LLP, a Portland-based law and government relations firm. During his time with Ball Janik, he represented several Pacific Northwest clients on natural resource, environmental and public land matters before the Congress and the Executive Branch.
Prior to joining Ball Janik, Heikkila served as a policy advisor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he focused on endangered salmon recovery efforts on the West Coast. With 27 stocks of salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a wide range of public land management, hydroelectric energy, irrigation and transportation activities in the Pacific Northwest and California were subject to agency consultation and review. He had direct involvement in legislative, public affairs and policy development aspects of agency recovery efforts.