Fish, game boards consider 4 candidates

Posted: Tuesday, February 01, 2005

KETCHIKAN - Four candidates for the job of state Department of Fish and Game commissioner position will be interviewed in late February by a selection committee made up of Game Board and Fisheries Board members.

The candidates are Wayne Regelin, Doug Mecum, Cal Skaugstad and Roland Maw. All but Maw work for the department.

The joint boards plan to meet in March for the final selection process. The joint board's role is to forward a list of qualified candidates to the governor.

Regelin is acting commissioner of Fish and Game. He was appointed to the job by Gov. Frank Murkowski when former Commissioner Kevin Duffy departed.

Regelin worked for the department from 1982 to January 2003 and retired as director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation.

Mecum has worked for the department since 1984 and is director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries.

Skaugstad has worked for the department since 1980, serving at various times with the Sport Fish, Commercial Fisheries, and fisheries rehabilitation, enhancement and development divisions. He now supervises the fish stocking program in Interior Alaska for the Division of Sport Fish.

Maw has operated a salmon and halibut charter business in Kenai since 1980 and has operated several gillnet or longline commercial fishing vessels. He is a former executive director of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association and has a doctorate in forestry and wildlife management from the University of Alberta.

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