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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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
Prepared by UFA staff and made possible by the support of UFA Group, Business, Individual and Crew members.
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