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UFA ACTION ALERT: First Hearing Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10)

    Senate Resources committee will take public testimony on Board of Fisheries appointees tomorrow.

    UFA opposes Karl Johnstone and we urge you to help by calling in to the committee – and getting others to as well.

    There will be plenty of people calling in to support Karl Johnstone – we need your help to ensure there are opposing callers!

    Wednesday April 10 – 3:30 PM  – Room 205

    Key points:
    -Oppose confirmation of Karl Johnstone to the Board of Fisheries
    -Mr. Johnstone was blatantly discriminatory against commercial fisheries and the ADFG Comfish division in his previous time on the Board.
    -Confirmation of Johnstone would leave the Board of Fisheries seriously “out of balance” with respect to commercial fisheries representation.

    To testify  – if you are not in Juneau  it is best to go to a Legislative Information Office (LIO) at least a half hour before the hearing begins.
    If you are unable to get to an LIO, CALL THE LIO NEAREST YOU BEFORE 3:00 p.m to get the Off-Net call in number  – See the list of Southeast LIOs below. 
    If you are outside of Southeast – see the full list of LIOs at https://akleg.gov/lios.php .

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    UFA ACTION ALERT: Oppose Karl Johnstone, BOF Appointee

      Former BOF chair Karl Johnstone has been appointed by Governor Dunleavy to fill a Board of Fisheries seat and his confirmation hearing will likely be as soon as next week.  Last week, UFA voted to oppose his confirmation. 

      It is going to take full action from our fleet to help get the word out that Mr. Johnstone is not the right fit for the board.  We need you to act by contacting legislators and telling them you oppose Johnstone and why.

      There are three ways to do this!

      Submit Comments: 
      You may submit comments easily on the Alaska State Public Opinion Message.  This online message form is for residents of Alaska only.  If members are not a resident of Alaska, they will need to email legislators directly.  Contact UFA for a full email list of legislators at ufa@ufa-fish.org.

      Testify:
      Public Testimony will be taken on both Wednesday, April 10 in Senate Resources and Saturday April 13 in House Resources.  To testify it’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at http://akleg.gov/lios.php . If you can’t get to an LIO you can call in to listen in or testify through the following numbers – call & ask for the specific committee hearing:

      • From Anchorage based phones call 907-563-9085;
      • From Juneau based phones or outside Alaska call 907-586-9085;
      • From other areas of Alaska, call toll-free 844-586-9085…and ask for the specific hearing.

      Share on Social Media:
      If you use social media, please create posts encouraging people to testify and write letters of opposition. 

      Here are some articles about Johnstone and opinion pieces written by Johnstone:

      Johnstone Resigns- Peninsula Clarion

      State Paid Travel Bills Board Chairman- Alaska Journal

      Johnstone Opinion Piece- Alaska Needs to Update Fisheries Management

      Opinion: Actual Verses Faction New Realities Cook Inlet Salmon- Alaska Journal

      Johnstone Opinion Piece- Abundant Fisheries Testify Alaska BOF isn’t Broken

      Johnstone Opinion Piece- Anchorage Needs Representation Fish Board

      Upper Cook Inlet Fishermen Take Issue with Dunleavy Board of Fisheries Appointee

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      Special Confirmation Update: April 5, 2019

        **JUST ANNOUNCED**:

        The House Resource committee scheduled for Saturday has been canceled

        Instead, House Fisheries and House Resources will hold a joint meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM in Capital Building 106.

        Public Testimony will be taken and we urge you to call in.  This will be your only remaining chance to testify in opposition to Karl Johnstone.

        To testify  – if you are not in Juneau  it is best to go to a Legislative Information Office (LIO) at least a half hour before the hearing begins.

        Key points: 

        • Oppose confirmation of Karl Johnstone to the Board of Fisheries
        • Mr. Johnstone was blatantly discriminatory against commercial fisheries and the ADFG Comfish division in his previous time on the Board.
        • Confirmation of Johnstone would leave the Board of Fisheries seriously “out of balance” with respect to commercial fisheries representation.

        If you are unable to get to an LIO, you can use these call in numbers –

        •            907-563-9085 (Anchorage)
        •             907-586-9085 (Juneau)
        •             844-586-9085 (Outside Anchorage and Juneau)


        (OR Go to or CALL THE LIO NEAREST YOU BEFORE 3:00 p.m to get the Off-Net call in number  – See the list of LIOs below. 
        or at https://akleg.gov/lios.php .

        Anchorage Legislative Information Office
        (907) 269-0111
        1500 W. Benson Blvd.
        Fax: (907) 269-0229
        Anchorage, AK 99503
        TDD: (907) 269-0260
        LIO.Anchorage@akleg.gov

        Bethel Legislative Information Office
        (907) 543-3541
        PO Box 886
        Fax: (907) 543-3542
        301 Willow Street
        LIO.Bethel@akleg.gov
        Bethel, AK 99559-0866

        Cordova Legislative Information Office
        (907) 424-5461
        PO Box 2248
        Fax: (907) 424-5462
        418 First St., Suite A
        LIO.Cordova@akleg.gov
        Cordova, AK 99574-2248

        Delta Jct. Legislative Information Office
        (907) 895-4236
        PO Box 1189
        Fax: (907) 895-5017
        Colombo Building, Suite 204, 1380 Richardson Hwy.
        LIO.DeltaJunction@akleg.gov
        Delta Jct., AK 99737-1189

        Dillingham Legislative Information Office
        (907) 842-5319
        PO Box 829
        Fax: (907) 842-5105
        Kangiiqutaq Building
        LIO.Dillingham@akleg.gov
        Dillingham, AK 99576-0829

        Fairbanks Legislative Information Office
        (907) 452-4448
        1292 Sadler Way Suite 308
        Fax: (907) 456-3346
        Fairbanks, AK 99701
        TDD: (907) 456-5076
        LIO.Fairbanks@akleg.gov
        Glennallen Legislative Information Office
        (907) 822-5588
        PO Box 68
        Fax: (907) 822-5591
        186 Glenn Hwy
        LIO.Glennallen@akleg.gov
        Glennallen, AK 99588-0068

        Homer Legislative Information Office
        (907) 235-7878
        270 West Pioneer Ave. Suite B
        Fax: (907) 235-4008
        Homer, AK 99603-7559
        LIO.Homer@akleg.gov

        Juneau Legislative Information Office
        (907) 465-4648
        State Capitol, Terry Miller Building, Suite 111 
        Fax: (907) 465-2864
        Juneau, AK 99801-1182
        TDD: (907) 465-4980
        LIO.Juneau@akleg.gov 

        Kenai Legislative Information Office
        (907) 283-2030
        145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217
        Fax: (907) 283-3075
        Kenai, AK 99611
        LIO.Kenai@akleg.gov

        Ketchikan Legislative Information Office
        (907) 225-9675
        1900 First Ave, Suite 310
        Fax: (907) 225-8546
        Ketchikan, AK 99901
        LIO.Ketchikan@akleg.gov 

        Kodiak Legislative Information Office
        (907) 486-8116
        305 Center Ave. Suite 1
        Fax: (907) 486-5264
        Kodiak, AK 99615-6431
        LIO.Kodiak@akleg.gov

        Kotzebue Legislative Information Office
        (907) 442-3880
        PO Box 650
        Fax: (907) 442-3022
        241 5th Ave
        LIO.Kotzebue@akleg.gov
        Kotzebue, AK 99752-0667

        Matsu Legislative Information Office
        (907) 376-3704
        600 E. Railroad Avenue
        Fax: (907) 376-6180
        Wasilla, AK 99654-8135
        LIO.Matsu@akleg.gov

        Nome Legislative Information Office
        (907) 443-5555
        PO Box 1630
        Fax: (907) 443-2162
        103 Front Street, State Office Bldg
        LIO.Nome@akleg.gov
        Nome, AK 99762-1630

        Petersburg Legislative Information Office
        (907) 772-3741
        PO Box 1470
        Fax: (907) 772-3779
        11B Gjoa Street
        LIO.Petersburg@akleg.gov
        Petersburg, AK 99833-1470

        Seward Legislative Information Office
        (907) 224-5066
        PO Box 1769, 302 Railway Ste. 107
        Fax: (907) 224-5067
        Seward, AK 99664
        LIO.Seward@akleg.gov


        Sitka Legislative Information Office
        (907) 747-6276
        201 Katlian Street, Suite 103
        Fax: (907) 747-5807
        Sitka, AK 99835
        LIO.Sitka@akleg.gov

        Tok Legislative Information Office
        (907) 883-5020
        PO Box 845
        Fax: (907) 883-5021
        1314 Alaska Highway
        LIO.Tok@akleg.gov
        Tok, AK 99780-0845

        Utqiagvik Legislative Information Office
        (907) 852-7111
        PO Box 830
        Fax: (907) 852-7114
        119 Bank Building
        LIO.Utqiagvik@akleg.gov
        Utqiagvik, AK 99723-0830

        Valdez Legislative Information Office
        (907) 835-2111
        PO Box 1969
        Fax: (907) 835-2097
        State Office Building, Room 13
        LIO.Valdez@akleg.gov
        Valdez, AK 99686-1969

        Wrangell Legislative Information Office
        (907) 874-3013
        PO Box 1514
        Fax: (907) 874-3955
        223 Front Street
        LIO.Wrangell@akleg.gov
        Wrangell, AK 99929-1514



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