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Fish board nominee rejected

Posted: April 8, 2013 - 8:52pm

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has rejected another term for Board of Fisheries member.

Vince Webster had served on the board since 2007. In recent days, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association put out a call to action against Webster, saying in part that the failure of a task force on Cook Inlet king salmon rested largely with him.

Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff, Mike Nizich, emailed legislators Sunday, saying he was aware of efforts to “unfairly characterize” Webster’s work. He asked that lawmakers call Webster, to give him a chance to respond to the allegations, before voting.

Webster’s confirmation was defeated on a 30-29 vote.

Parnell, in a statement, said it was “disappointing, discouraging and disheartening when bad information or politics prevent a qualified Alaskan from serving” the state.

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kenai123 04/09/13 - 10:29 pm
I wasn't politics,

I wasn't politics that prevented Webster from being confirmed. It was because of the really anti-public anti-Kenai River things he did on the Task Force. It was because of the censorship he allowed on the Task Forces website which was suppose to take public comment on our problems with Kenai River king escapement. The website was dead for comments 3/4 of the time it was supposed to be taking public comments. Then when it finally went active the Task Force censored out negative commercial fisheries comments. I sent in many comments, the only ones which were posted were the ones showing commercial fisheries in a positive light. The same happened during public testimony as the Task Force explored each positive commercial fisheries word and quickly changed the subject when negative commercial words were raised. It was not politics, it was commercial fishermen and Webster scheming to destroy our Kenai River kings.

smithtb 04/11/13 - 07:22 am
It was greasy politics.

Webster was not reconfirmed because the 'sportfishing' representatives that lobby for your commercial industry put everything they had into a last minute mud-slinging campiagn against him that was full of lies.

I seem to remember more than a few very lengthy and off-topic comments on the TF website that attempted to sidetrack everyone, all by the same guy. Apparently they let him post plenty...

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