November 5, 2014
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There’s a new man at the helm of fisheries management for Alaska’s Westward region. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently named long time fisheries biologist Nick Sagalkin Regional Supervisor.
“I help coordinate all the different sections in the region. So that is both ground fish and shellfish and fin fish, both management and research for all the management areas that are in the westward region, so that is Kodiak, Chignik, Alaska Peninsula, and also the Bering Sea, Bristol bay and Aleutian Island crab fisheries along with ground fish fisheries.”
Sagalkin, who was born and raised in Alaska, now oversees the nation’s three top fishing ports at Dutch Harbor, Akutan and the Aleutians, and Kodiak. The westward region also includes the Pribilofs and St. Matthew islands. He credits his staff for all their hard work.
“The key part is having good biologist in each of those departments and right now. Everyone we have on staff is excellent, and I can’t keep up with it all, but they are all really top notch and they are doing the bulk of the work.”
In is 15 years with the department he has worked in ground fish, shellfish and fin fish, making him as diverse as the westward region fisheries.
“I have held a couple different jobs in the region that give me a little more insight. So I do bring to this position some breath of experience that really helps me understand what is going on.”
Depending on the season, 60 to over a hundred fisheries workers help Sagalkin keep management and research projects running smoothly. For him it is a labor of love.
“I love the work that I am doing. It is what I have always wanted to do, and I am really passionate about it. I love working here and I love the community. I am really proud of our region; our entire biologists are great.”
Sagalkin says his door is always open.
“I want fishermen to feel comfortable with the department and understand that we are really here because we love the resource and we work hard to do the right thing.”
That’s Nick Sagalkin- the new Westward Region Supervisor at Kodiak.
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