William Brown named to fish board

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin announced Thursday one new appointment and two reappointments to the state Board of Fisheries.

Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

William Brown, an angler who runs a fishing rod-repair shop in Juneau, is newly appointed. Brown was a professor of economics for 30 years, most recently at the University of Alaska Southeast.

If confirmed by the Legislature, Brown would replace Juneau's Larry Edfelt, a former fish biologist and charter boat captain, whose three-year term expires June 30.

Palin reappointed John Jensen, lifelong Petersburg resident and third-generation commercial fisherman, who is serving his second three-year term now.

The governor also reappointed current board Chairman Mel Morris of Kodiak, who has been an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist and has managed several fish processing companies.

The seven-member Board of Fish sets fishing seasons and methods for the state's fisheries, and decides how resources will be allocated among commercial, sport and subsistence users. The appointees must be confirmed by the Legislature to take their seats on the board.

The four members whose terms do not expire this year are Jeremiah Campbell of Seward, a charter boat captain who has worked in commercial fishing and fish processing; Howard Delo of Big Lake, an outdoorsman and former fish biologist; Vince Webster of King Salmon, a gillnetter; and Fairbanks outdoorswoman Bonnie Williams, a member of the Alaska Outdoor Council and a longtime fly fisherman.

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