Mat-Su Delegation Welcomes Appointment of Morisky to Board of Fisheries
Mat-Su Valley delegation teams up with Interior to develop fishing resources
JUNEAU- Today, the Mat-Su Valley legislative delegation is welcoming Governor Parnell’s appointment of Reed Morisky of Fairbanks to the Board of Fisheries. Senate President Charlie Huggins commended the governor’s move and looks forward to develop the fishery resources of the state.
“We have teamed up with the interior delegation to ensure the entire spectrum of fishing is looked at,” Senator Huggins said. “There need to be sound policies in place that not only look at subsistence and commercial fishing, but recreational and sport fishing, as well.”
The Board of Fisheries was established to conserve and develop the fisheries resources of Alaska. It has the authority to regulate fishing seasons and establish bag limits, harvest levels and limitations for taking fish, as well as the methods and means for the taking of fish.
“I am very concerned about the shortage of king salmon in the Mat-Su valley,” said Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Mat-Su Valley. “I commend the appointment of Morisky and believe we can work together to responsibly develop fishing resources in Mat-Su and the state as a whole. This addition brings balance back to the Board.”
Traditionally, the Mat-Su Valley has not been well represented on the Board of Fisheries. “It’s important for there to be fair representation on the board, especially for neglected areas such as the Mat-Su and Interior Alaska,” said Representative Bill Stoltze, R-Mat-Su/Chugiak. “The Mat-Su and Interior are united in the effort to see a fairer decision making process.”
Morisky’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Alaska Legislature.
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