FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Carl Rosier of Juneau has been named president of the Alaska Outdoor Council, the state's largest hunting and fishing organization.
Rosier, 64, had served as state Fish and Game commissioner in the Hickel administration and has served as one of the council's vice presidents. He replaces Rod Arno of Palmer, who stepped down as president of the group after eight years.
Rosier said other members approached him about taking over leadership of the AOC, which represents nearly 45 Alaska outdoor groups and has a collective membership of more than 10,000.
Jerry Burnett of Juneau replaces Rosier as AOC's Southeast vice president while Dick Bishop of Fairbanks and Brett Huber of Soldotna retained their vice president positions for the Interior and Southcentral, respectively.
''We've got some new blood that came in with this election,'' said Rosier. ''It's a real alive board and I think we're going to do some good things.''
Rosier, who chaired AOC's fisheries committee, hopes to step up the group's involvement in state fisheries issues, such as the state's appeal of the Katie John decision and Individual Fishing Quotas for halibut charter fishermen.
Gov. Tony Knowles recently announced the state plans to appeal the 1995 landmark Katie John subsistence lawsuit which establishied federal subsistence authority over most state waters in Alaska.
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