For Immediate Release: March 13, 2018
Contact Ricky Gease, (907) 262-8588, Ricky@krsa.com
KRSA joins Alaska sportsmen’s groups to oppose Board of Fisheries appointment of Kodiak-based commercial fisherman, claims appointment upsets balance on Board, leaves no representation for Anchorage sportfishing interests
March 13, 2018 – Governor Walker made public this week the appointment of Duncan Fields, a Kodiak commercial fisherman, to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
“This appointment will unbalance the Board and we strongly oppose the nomination,” said Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) Executive Director Ricky Gease. “Past governors have, for years, kept the Board balanced in regional representation and between commercial, sport, personal-use and subsistence-user groups. By stacking the Board with a majority voice of commercial fishing interests – and with no one from Anchorage – the governor is threatening Alaskans’ opportunity to harvest fish.”
Anchorage is home to the largest number of sport anglers and personal-use dip netters in the state, and makes up the majority of people who fish in the most popular sport and personal-use fisheries in Alaska. If Fields is confirmed, it will be the first time in more than 30 years that Anchorage does not have a seat at the table.
The seven-member Board of Fisheries should offer balanced and fair representation of all regions and users – sport, personal use, subsistence and commercial. KRSA joins many other Alaska sportsmen’s groups to encourage all anglers, dip netters, subsistence fishers and outdoor enthusiasts to urge their legislators to say no to the confirmation of Duncan Fields to the Board of Fisheries.
KRSA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit fishery-conservation organization of Alaskans that works to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of fish resources in the Kenai River and elsewhere in Alaska, through advocacy of sport and personal-use fisheries and the promotion of science-based fish management.