Representative Vance Launches Inquiry Into Board of Fish Actions

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula delegation submitted a  letter to the Chairman of the Board of Fish, Reed Morisky.  After 10 weeks there has still been no response, Representative Sarah Vance (R-Homer) has launched an official inquiry into the Board’s actions to move 2020 Board of Fish UCI Finfish meetings without allowing for any public input. The meeting location has been a controversial topic for many years. Many local residents and businesses of the Kenai Peninsula depend on, participate in, and are otherwise affected by decisions made by the Board of Fisheries with regard to subsistence fisheries, sport fisheries, commercial fisheries, personal use fisheries, and conservation measures in Upper Cook Inlet and have expressed the desire to host the meetings where a majority of the stakeholders are. Vance: “The public has quickly lost trust in the process that has been designed to weigh their input, and I don’t blame them for that. Not only do I believe that the public is owed an apology, I also believe they’re also owed an explanation. This pattern of misleading Alaskans and declining to explain has caused real damage to the integrity of the board. Now is the time for accountability and transparency.”  Representative Vance’s office filed a public records request with the Department of Fish & Game last Friday afternoon, requesting access to the internal communications and phone records of the Chairman and members of the Board of Fish. Representative Vance: “Chairman Morisky has had sufficient time to respond to questions and concerns brought up by the Kenai Peninsula delegation and as of this time, we have not received any response. A transparent process is integral to the proper stewardship of our fishing resources. The fact that Alaskans continue to be circumvented by the Board of Fish is unacceptable.”last_img

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