Former Board of Fish member should apologize for false claims

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Mr. Coffey, isn't it about time for your apology?

About a month ago Mr. Dan Coffey responded to a statement in this newspaper that he had "stifled debate" during his tenure on the Board of Fish with a venomous assault on the professional integrity of Mr. Ken Tarbox, one of the local biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Mr. Coffey's main charge seems to center around a "lengthy scientific report" that Mr. Tarbox supposedly authored in 2002. Mr. Coffey alleges this report was late, not peer reviewed and that Mr. Tarbox was reprimanded for this by his supervisors at Fish and Game.

I see that Mr. Tarbox has already responded to much of this assault from Mr. Coffey; however, it seems that Mr. Coffey and his guide friends over at the Kenai River Sportfishing Association seem to have their facts somewhat twisted.

If Mr. Tarbox retired in 2000, (public information), he was probably free to do whatever he desired during the 2002 Board of Fish meetings and not likely to have been reprimanded. The charges Mr. Coffey leveled smell like another attempt to stifle any opinion other than his. I guess that after years of representing the dregs of humanity you begin to act like them.

So, Mr. Coffey, isn't it about time for presentation of some evidence to support your claims? If you have none, as I suspect, isn't it about time for an apology?

Tom O'Brien


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