For Immediate Release: March 19, 2018
Contact Ricky Gease, (907) 398-2260, Ricky@krsa.com
Alaska-outdoor-sporting groups unite against the governor’s nomination of Duncan Fields to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
March 19, 2018 – In response to Governor Walker’s appointment of Kodiak commercial fisherman, Duncan Fields, to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, sixteen Alaska-outdoor-sporting organizations have signed on to a letter sent to the Alaska State Legislature in opposition to the nomination while calling for a nominee that will maintain the balance of the Board.
“With respect to Alaska Board of Fisheries appointments, it matters where people are from and where their experience lies,” wrote the sporting groups. “We urge you to keep the Board fair, equitable and balanced by Voting No on the confirmation of Mr. Fields to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.”
If confirmed, the governor’s nominee will fill a seat traditionally held by an Anchorage-sport fisherman and ultimately unbalance the Board in favor of commercial fishing’s interests. Anglers could see the impact of an unbalanced Board on fish allotment numbers for upcoming seasons where less fish would be available in sport, personal use and subsistence 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.
Kenai River Sportfishing Association