The newest appointee to the Board of Fisheries wants people to see more than a sportfishing guide when they consider him for the board.
Reed Morisky, of Fairbanks, was Gov. Sean Parnell’s pick for the recently vacated seat and although his appointment is subject to confirmation by the Alaska Legislature, the guide said he was excited to begin the process.
“I’ve followed fisheries for years and years and years and I’ve been a sportfishing guide for years and I have family in commercial fishing,” Morisky said. “I believe that my attitude and respect toward all users will be a benefit.”
If confirmed, Morisky will replace Bill Brown, of Juneau, who announced his departure with more than a year left in his term.
Morisky’s term would expire June 30, 2014.
Morisky is a sportfishing guide who owns Wilderness Fishing based out of Fairbanks and Nenana. He has been in the state since 1981, he said.
“I’ve lived up here since then and I guide on the North side of Denali Park in several drainages of the Tanana system, he said.
Primarily, he guides for grayling and three species of salmon and said he advocates for a sustainable fishery.
Morisky currently works for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and according to a media release is a member of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Trout Unlimited, Alaska Outdoor Council and the National Rifle Association.
While he does guide primarily, Morisky said he was not willing to “brand” himself as a voice for guides on the Board of Fish.
“I put in for this board seat so that I could help bring a collaborative atmosphere to the board,” he said.