The U.S. Coast Guard says the credit belongs to the fishermen themselves.
Tracy Welch grew up in Petersburg and has a background in commercial fishing, gillnetting and long-lining.
As executive director, Leach was outspoken against the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay and threats posed to Southeast Alaska’s salmon runs from Canadian mines.
John Moller was a trusted advisor to Dunleavy. His portfolio included work with the fishing industry and Alaska Native issues.
Southeast Alaska tribes, fishermen and others say that the Canadian mining sector enjoys economic benefits while those downstream bear the ecological risks.
Alaska’s House Fisheries Committee is considering a bill that would allow Board of Fisheries and Board of Game members to join discussions even if they’ve declared they have a financial stake in the matter.
The Governor’s office didn’t announce the appointment, nor was the vacancy advertised. Smith’s name only surfaced after it was transmitted on February 3 to the state Senate for consideration.
A draft released this month by Fish and Game recommends dividing the allocation evenly among seafood processors, charters and lodges.
As the fishing season ramps up, mid-sized coastal towns are finding they have little say over who shows up to work in the industry.
Some 600 business entities have filed plans with the state outlining how they’ll safely bring out-of-state workers into Alaska to support “critical infrastructure” amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said Wednesday.