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Governor appoints Dillingham fisherman to fish board

Posted: July 31, 2013 - 9:17pm  |  Updated: July 31, 2013 - 9:20pm

Frederick “Fritz” Johnson of Dillingham has been appointed to the Board of Fisheries by Gov. Sean Parnell.

According to a press release from Parnell’s office, Johnson has fished for salmon and herring in Bristol Bay since 1979, and has operated a drift gillnet permit since 2000. For the past five years, he has served as the regional fisheries coordinator for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, a position that has acquainted him with Board of Fisheries issues and processes. He founded the Bristol Bay Times newspaper in 1980, and published the weekly paper until 1992. He has also served in media and public relations positions for the Bristol Bay Native Association and Bristol Bay Housing Authority, and is a current board member of Nushagak Electric and Telephone Cooperative, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources, and sets seasons, bag limits, and methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal-use fisheries. The board also develops fishery management policy and makes the allocative decisions that are implemented by the Department of Fish and Game.

Johnson’s appointment, effective immediately, expires June 30, 2016 and is subject to legislative confirmation. He is appointed as a replacement for Vince Webster, a set and drift gillnet fisherman from King Salmon, due to the Legislature’s failure to confirm his reappointment during the previous legislative session, the press release said.

— Staff report

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jpblough 08/01/13 - 07:45 am

Will the legislature confirm this guy? Sounds like he has to strong of a commercial back ground.

KenaiKardinal88 08/01/13 - 04:50 pm
Seafarer 08/03/13 - 10:17 am
Give it up, Riverheads!

Kenai Kardinals: I think anything tied to commercial fishing sets you off on a tamtrum. What is your problem? Couldn't cut it as a deckhand? Have you ever read Alaska's Constitution? It's a good Winter Read. Of course, you have to comprehend it, too. I know that's hard for a one-way riverhead.

Commercial Fishermen Feed the World

Sportsfishermen feed their faces.

WRO 08/05/13 - 07:39 am
its not just their faces

They also feed at bed and breakfasts, buy millions of dollars worth of tackle from trustworthy and other local resources, support local hotels, diners, pubs, custom processors, guides and charters, pay local sales taxes, support local marinas, rental car companies, oh yeah and they bring their money in from outside and leave it here. They also fill their freezers with fish.

Every resource plays an important role in Alaska's economics and should not be dominated by one user group.

btw, I've read a good portion of the Alaska constitution, it says fishermen not commercial
fishermen, and it said maximum benefit, not maximum commercial fishery.

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