New Fish Board members named

Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed three new members to the state Board of Fisheries.

Brett Huber of Soldotna, Gerry Merrigan of Petersburg and Art Nelson of Anchorage were named Monday to three-year terms.

Huber is executive director of Kenai River Sport Fishing Association and vice president of the Alaska Outdoor Council.

He also has served on the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board and the Mat Su Blue Ribbon Fisheries Commission and has worked as staff to the Senate Resources Committee.

Merrigan, a commercial fisher, holds a Southeast salmon power troll permit and federal halibut quota shares. He also works as a policy analyst for Prowler Fisheries, is a former executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association and served for five years on the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Nelson is employment and development coordinator for the At-Sea Processors Association, which represents vessels involved in the Bering Sea pollock fishery.

He also has several years of commercial fishing experience on a family owned vessel in Prince William Sound and worked as a fisheries specialist for the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association and the Nome-based Kawerak Inc.

The new appointees still must be confirmed by the Legislature. They replace outgoing members Dan Coffey of Anchorage, Grant Miller of Sitka and Virgil Umphenour of Fairbanks.

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