governor's decision to move the Habitat Division from the Department of Fish and Game to Department of Natural Resources is not in the best interest of the people of Alaska who use the resources. I commercial fished for years for my livelihood and I now depend on fishing and hunting for my subsistence lifestyle. The Department of Fish and Game has done its job protecting the areas essential to the needs of people like myself. The plan to eliminate 50 positions, many of whom are scientists, does not bode well for the health of the fish and wildlife whose environment depends on scientifically sound decision making, including permit issuance. I think the governor should reverse his decision and leave habitat management where it belongs, with the Department of Fish and Game.
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