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Governor Parnell Announces Board of Fisheries Appointment

April 23, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today named Mike Smith to the state Board of Fisheries.

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for conservation and development of the state's fishery resources by setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state's subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal-use fisheries. The board sets fishery management policy and makes allocation decisions for the Department of Fish and Game to implement.

Smith, of Fairbanks, has worked for the Tanana Chiefs Conference for 20 years in a variety of fisheries- and resources-related positions, and currently serves as the organization's director of subsistence resources. He has been a subsistence and commercial fisherman in the Interior and has gained experience in fisheries management issues as a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's Bering Sea Salmon Bycatch Work Group, the Yukon River Panel Technical Committee, the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative, and the Western Arctic Salmon Stock Identification Program.

Smith also has served as a state legislative aide and as a member of the Fairbanks Community Health Corp. and Fairbanks Habitat for Humanity.

Smith will begin service immediately, completing the remainder of the term formerly filled by Janet Woods, which runs through June 30, 2012. His appointment will be subject to legislative confirmation.

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