KRSA response to Governor’s decision to withdraw appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries

For Immediate Release:  March 29, 2018

Contact Ricky Gease, (907) 398-2260,

Governor Walker withdraws Duncan Fields’ appointment to the Alaska Board of Fisheries

March 29, 2018 – Last night, Governor Walker announced he has withdrawn his nomination of Duncan Fields to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. To fill the seat, retiring board member Al Cain has rescinded his retirement and has agreed to remain on the Board. This decision is a victory for sport, personal-use, and subsistence fishermen across the state. The governor’s decision is a direct result of the unified voice of the 16 Alaska-outdoor-sporting organizations opposition of the nominee and hundreds of Alaskans across the state who voiced their concern to the Legislature over the governor’s nominee.

Upon learning of the decision, Executive Director at Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Ricky Gease, had the following to say, “this outcome will restore Anchorage’s representation on the Board and maintains the balance among commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence interests on the Board. We applaud Alaska-sporting-groups, anglers and personal-use dip netters across the state for reaching out to policy makers about fair and balanced representation on the Board of Fisheries. KRSA is committed to uniting Alaska’s sport and personal-use fishing communities to advocate for anglers’ rights.”

Full text of the letter from the 16 Alaska-outdoor-sporting groups to legislators can be found here