JUNEAU (AP) -- Three Alaskans with longtime ties to fishing were appointed to the Board of Fisheries on Friday.
Gov. Tony Knowles appointed Oliver Holm of Kodiak, Eric Jordan of Sitka and Andrew Szczesny of Soldotna.
The seven-member Fish Board is responsible for the conservation and development of Alaska's fishery resources. It sets fishing seasons and take limits.
The appointees fill vacancies left when the Legislature refused to vote on three appointees to the board during its most recent session. The Legislature's inaction had the effect of rejecting their confirmations.
Holm was born in Ketchikan and has lived in Kodiak since 1962. He started commercial fishing when he was 14 and has fished for salmon, cod, halibut, herring, crab, and other species.
Holm served on the Kodiak Fish and Game Advisory Committee for 20 years, including 15 years as chairman. He has also served on the advisory panel to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the board of the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association. He is a former vice president of the United Fishermen of Alaska.
Jordan is a lifelong Alaska commercial, sport and subsistence fisherman. He has worked as a troller, longliner, seiner, diver, sportfish guide and marine conservationist.
Jordan served eight years on the advisory panel to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and 15 years on the Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee.
Szczesny, a 23-year resident, is a registered guide on the upper Kenai River who owns and operates a small catch-and-release guide business specializing in fly fishing for rainbow trout and dolly varden.
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