Fish Radio

March 25, 2014

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 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Nine Alaskans apply for three seats on the Fish Board. Some goings-on in Juneau after this –

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Governor Parnell has less than a week to choose from nine names vying for three seats on the state Board of Fisheries, including six newcomers.   It gives the Governor the unusual opportunity to replace a majority of the board this year, said legislative watchdog Bob Tkacz in his weekly Laws for the Sea,  adding that he  had to wait 10 days and use a Freedom of Information request to get the names.

 They include the three incumbents –  John Jensen of Petersburg, Sue Jeffrey of Kodiak, and Reed Morisky  of Fairbanks. All have re-applied for three-year terms that begin July 1.

 The newcomers include:  Petersburg orthopedic surgeon and new commercial fishing skipper Alan S. Gross; Dean Risley, a gillnetter from Haines; Harvey Kitka, a troller from  Sitka; William Kuhlmann, a retired Bristol Bay setnetter; Thane Humphrey, an outdoor survival expert from Anchorage, and Cary Jones, a Juneau chiropractor.

 Governor Parnell has until April 1 to make his choices; the legislature has scheduled a joint session for April 11 to vote on all   confirmations.

 Alaska Senators in Juneau have scheduled three days of hearings this week on a so-called ‘Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Dialogue’ although no bills are on the docket.  Cathy Giessel, chair of the Senate Resources Committee has dubbed it ‘Fish Week,’ said Tkacz.  No public testimony is scheduled; just a broad line up of invited speakers.

  A move is still on to give personal use fisheries a priority over all others except subsistence when weak returns require catch restrictions. Rep. Bill Stoltz of Chugiak keeps pushing that bill. 

 Finally, HB 77 which would change the ways Alaska’s lands and waters are managed, is stalled. Tkacz says two hearings in Senate Resources were cancelled last week and none are scheduled this week.   Contact /

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