Governor chooses 7 for Pacific Salmon Commission

Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin this week announced her Pacific Salmon Commission panel picks.

The commission was established by the 1985 Pacific Salmon Treaty, by which Alaska and Canada manage the salmon born in Southeast Alaska and northern British Columbia.

Palin renominated state Department of Fish and Game workers Gordy Williams and Brian Frenette, both of Juneau, to the Northern panel, which provides technical and regulatory advice to the commission.

Williams is a special assistant to Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd. Frenette, the alternate, is Southeast regional supervisor for the Sport Fish Division.

Palin chose five Southeast residents for the Transboundary panel, which makes recommendations on the Alsek, Taku and Stikine rivers.

Dale Kelley is executive director of the Alaska Trollers Association, a former commissioner to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and a former alternate to the commission's Northern panel.

Jim Becker of Juneau, on the panel since 2000, is a longtime commercial fisherman and on the boards of the United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Rod Brown of Wrangell, first appointed in 2005, is a retired teacher who fished commercially during summers and sport-fishes.

Arnold Enge of Petersburg, first appointed in 2000, gillnets for salmon and herring and fishes for halibut.

Gary Gray of Yakutat, appointed in 2006, owns a lodge and provides hunting and fishing guide services, and was a commercial setnetter for 15 years.

Palin's nominations are subject to final appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

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