Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) member John Woods, who was appointed, but not confirmed by the legislature last year, is up for confirmation this spring. CDA testified in favor of his confirmation as he represents the South Central sports fisheries and is a proponent of personal use dipnetting.
Fairbanks representative and chair of the Board of Fisheries, Reed Morrisky's term expires in June, 2020. After 7 years on the Board, Mr. Morrisky has declined reappointment. Reed is a Chitina dipnetter and a great plus for our fishery. His presence on the Board will be missed.
UAF professor, pilot, sport fishing guide and big game assistant guide, Mckenzie Ray Mitchell, has been appointed by the governor to fill Reed's seat on the Board. The legislature did not conduct any confirmation hearings before they adjourned. When the Legislature takes up the business of confirming the appointments, the CDA will support the nominations of both John Woods and Mckensie Ray Mitchell.