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03/13/2017 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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03:30:25 PM Start
03:30:57 PM Confirmation Hearings: Board of Fisheries
04:53:25 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Fisheries:
- Fritz Johnson
- Reed Morisky
- John Jensen
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 13, 2017                                                                                         
                           3:30 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Shelley Hughes                                                                                                          
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Board of Fisheries                                                                                                            
  Fritz Johnson - Dillingham                                                                                                    
  John Jensen - Petersburg                                                                                                      
  Reed Morisky - Fairbanks                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
FRITZ JOHNSON, Appointee                                                                                                        
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                   
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JOHN JENSEN, Appointee                                                                                                          
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as appointee to the Board of                                                                   
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REED MORISKY, Appointee                                                                                                         
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Testified  as appointee  to  the Board  of                                                             
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER EHMANN, Chair                                                                                                          
Mat-Su Valley Fish and Game Advisory Committee                                                                                  
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported  Mr. Morisky's  re-appointment to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JERRY MCCUNE, lobbyist                                                                                                          
United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA)                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Supported   the  confirmations  of  Fritz                                                             
Johnson and John Jensen to the Board of Fisheries.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
GARY HOLLIER, representing himself                                                                                              
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Supported   all  three  nominations:  Mr.                                                             
Morisky, Mr. Johnson, and Mr. Jensen.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PAUL SHADURA                                                                                                                    
South K-Beach Independent Fisherman's Association                                                                               
Kasilof, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported all three nominees  for the Board                                                             
of Fisheries: John Jensen, Reed Morisky, and Fritz Johnson.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DAN DUNAWAY, representing himself                                                                                               
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported  Fritz Johnson's  confirmation to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
GAYLA HOSETH                                                                                                                    
Nushagak Advisory Committee                                                                                                     
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Supported Fritz  Johnson's appointment  to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
NICK SMEATON, representing himself                                                                                              
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Supported Fritz  Johnson's appointment  to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
VERNER WILSON, III, Director                                                                                                    
Natural Resources                                                                                                               
Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA)                                                                                           
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Spoke on  behalf of BBNA president  and CEO                                                             
Ralph  Anderson in  support  of  Fritz Johnson  to  the Board  of                                                               
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
GARY CLINE, Regional Fisheries Director                                                                                         
Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation                                                                                    
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Supported Fritz  Johnson's appointment  to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HAYANO, representing himself                                                                                             
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported all  three appointees to the Board                                                             
of Fisheries: John Jensen, Reed Morisky, and Fritz Johnson.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CURT ARMSTRONG, representing himself                                                                                            
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported all  three appointees to the Board                                                             
of Fisheries: John Jensen, Reed Morisky, and Fritz Johnson.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
OLIVER HOLM, representing himself                                                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported  John Jensen's  re-appointment to                                                             
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SUE JEFFREY, representing herself                                                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Fully supported  all three appointees to the                                                             
Board  of  Fisheries:  John  Jensen,   Reed  Morisky,  and  Fritz                                                               
Johnson.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JEFF STEPHAN, lobbyist                                                                                                          
United Fishermen's Marketing Association (UFMA)                                                                                 
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Strongly supported all  three appointees to                                                             
the  Board of  Fisheries: John  Jensen, Reed  Morisky, and  Fritz                                                               
Johnson.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
WES HUMBYRD, representing himself                                                                                               
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Fritz  Johnson's and John Jensen's                                                             
appointments to the Board of Fisheries, but not Reed Morisky.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAVID HILLSTRAND, representing himself                                                                                          
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Fritz  Johnson's and John Jensen's                                                             
appointments to the Board of Fisheries, but not Reed Morisky.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MALCOLM MILNE, President                                                                                                        
North Pacific Fisheries Association (NPFA)                                                                                      
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported John Jensen's  appointment to the                                                             
Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
IAN PITZMAN, representing himself                                                                                               
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported all  three appointees to the Board                                                             
of  Fisheries:  John Jensen,  Reed  Morisky,  and Fritz  Johnson,                                                               
especially Mr. Jensen.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ARNE THOMSON, contractor/consultant                                                                                             
Alaska Salmon Alliance                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported all  three appointees to the Board                                                             
of Fisheries: John Jensen, Reed Morisky, and Fritz Johnson.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
AL BARRETTE, representing himself                                                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported Reed  Morisky's appointment to the                                                             
Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:30:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  CATHY   GIESSEL  called  the  Senate   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 3:30  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were Senators  Stedman, Von  Imhof, Wielechowski,  Hughes,                                                               
and Chair Giessel. Senator Coghill came in shortly thereafter.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation Hearings: Board of Fisheries                                                                                      
           Confirmation Hearings: Board of Fisheries                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
3:30:57 PM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR GIESSEL  announced consideration  of the appointees  to the                                                               
Board of  Fisheries. She said  the Board of Fisheries'  main role                                                               
is to  conserve and develop  the fishery resources of  the state.                                                               
It is  charged with  setting seasons and  bag limits  and methods                                                               
and means for the state's  subsistence, commercial, sport, guided                                                               
sport,  and  personal use  fisheries.  It  also involves  setting                                                               
policies  and  directions  for  the  management  of  the  state's                                                               
fishery resources.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER joined the committee.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL  said the board  is charged with  making allocative                                                               
decisions  and  is  responsible for  management  based  on  those                                                               
decisions.  It  has a  three-year  meeting  cycle that  generally                                                               
occurs from  October through  March. It  uses the  biological and                                                               
socio-economic information  provided by the Alaska  Department of                                                               
Fish  and  Game  (ADF&G),  public comment  received  from  people                                                               
inside  and  outside the  state,  and  guidance from  the  Alaska                                                               
Department  of Public  Safety  (DPS) and  the  Department of  Law                                                               
(DOL) when creating regulations that are sound and enforceable.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL  welcomed Fritz  Johnson  from  Dillingham to  the                                                               
committee saying he  would be a re-appointment to  the board with                                                               
his term beginning, on July 1 and go through June 30, 2020.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:33:11 PM                                                                                                                    
FRITZ  JOHNSON,  Dillingham, Alaska,  said  he  is interested  in                                                               
serving another  term on  the Board of  Fisheries and  is "vastly                                                               
more qualified" now,  because he already served on  the board for                                                               
three  years and  has a  good idea  of the  fisheries beyond  his                                                               
personal experience.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON  said he  had fished  in Bristol  Bay since  1979 and                                                               
loves the business.  Alaska is uniquely blessed  with the breadth                                                               
and depth of its fisheries.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  said he  appreciated him  serving on  this board                                                               
and asked him  to share some surprising or  instructive things he                                                               
has heard that are different than the Bristol Bay fishery.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON  replied that he  wasn't surprised so much  about the                                                               
differences between fisheries,  but just about how  wide and deep                                                               
Alaska's  fisheries  are. He  was  tutored  by experienced  board                                                               
members  and  the  department  during  his  first  term  and  the                                                               
information provided  was very professional.  He expected  it. He                                                               
also  found the  passions of  the different  stakeholders in  the                                                               
state made  him realize how hard  a balance would be  to achieve.                                                               
But he wasn't surprised.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:36:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES thanked  him for  being  here today  and she  was                                                               
concerned about  how the recent  decision regarding  the corridor                                                               
will impact  the Susitna  drainage that  contains the  Yentna and                                                               
Knik rivers.  Eight of  the 14  stocks of  concern are  there and                                                               
even though progress  was being made, the board  still decided to                                                               
increase  fishing time  for the  commercial drift  fishermen. She                                                               
thought his  vote was supposed  to be for sustainability  and not                                                               
allocation and asked him to comment on that decision.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JOHNSON responded  that adding  one  day of  fishing to  the                                                               
drift fleet  was less significant  than creating  those corridors                                                               
in the first  place, and the year  following their implementation                                                               
the  returns  into the  areas  she  is  describing seem  to  have                                                               
increased. However,  he couldn't  tell her if  the same  kinds of                                                               
increases  were  observed  in  the  two  following  years.  Other                                                               
factors come into play, he  added. For instance, run strength and                                                               
timing  have  a  lot  to  do with  whether  these  fish  will  be                                                               
accessible to the drift fleet, dip netters, or sports fishermen.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The board  made the decision  that seemed most  appropriate based                                                               
upon  the information  presented at  the time.  Sustainability is                                                               
the board's primary mission.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  said there  have often  been discussions  of lengthening  the                                                               
time  between meetings  and maybe  it makes  sense, because  more                                                               
time is needed  to see if a particular action  made a difference.                                                               
Fish and Mother Nature often  make their own decisions, which are                                                               
out  of human  control.  Those stocks  bear  close attention.  He                                                               
repeated that the board's main mission is sustainability.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  thanked  him   for  that  explanation,  but  her                                                               
understanding is  that escapement  goals hadn't been  reached but                                                               
things were improving  and that making a change at  this time was                                                               
concerning.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:41:09 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  JOHNSON said  he couldn't  respond to  the particulars,  but                                                               
other  factors  make managing  wild  stocks  difficult, like  run                                                               
strength and timing. Price makes a difference, too.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:41:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  VON IMHOF  said she  wanted to  know if  he is  the same                                                               
Fritz Johnson  who received  a violation  for fishing  for salmon                                                               
using a drift gillnet in the Nushigak district in June 29, 2015.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. JOHNSON said  he is the same Fritz Johnson.  It was an honest                                                               
mistake and  embarrassing at  the time,  but "Shame  on me  if it                                                               
ever happens again." He had been  fishing for quite some time and                                                               
he  was under  the  sincere impression  that  the fishing  period                                                               
closed at 6:30 when in fact it closed at 6:00.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL thanked him and asked  him to stay in the room. She                                                               
welcomed John Jensen saying he  is the current Board of Fisheries                                                               
chair.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:43:36 PM                                                                                                                    
JOHN JENSEN,  representing himself,  Petersburg, Alaska,  said he                                                               
is  66 years  old  and  had spent  most  of  his life  commercial                                                               
fishing.  He  is a  partially  retired  commercial fisherman  and                                                               
rents  small  boats  to  sport  fishermen,  campers,  subsistence                                                               
fishermen,  whale watchers,  and  hunters out  of Petersburg.  He                                                               
completed two years of college  before he went back to commercial                                                               
fishing. He is trying to do the very best job he can.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:45:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGHES thanked  him for  his service  and his  desire to                                                               
continue  serving.  She  asked  him to  comment  on  her  earlier                                                               
question about  the decision regarding  the Cook  Inlet corridor.                                                               
She is  concerned with the board's  votes having more to  do with                                                               
allocation  than sustainability.  Craig Medred  wrote an  article                                                               
saying  that Mr.  Jensen  conceded the  corridor  appeared to  be                                                               
working, but he  thought that commercial fishermen  paid too high                                                               
a price in lost catch.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said he probably did  say that, but when  they opened                                                               
that area for  one 12-hour fishing period in  July fishermen told                                                               
the  managers they  would rather  have the  opening in  the third                                                               
week than the fourth, which generally  has a lot more coho salmon                                                               
going through,  and those are designated  predominantly for sport                                                               
fishing.  The reason  the opening  was put  in that  week was  to                                                               
target some of the sockeyes  using ADF&G data. Cutting their time                                                               
back year after  year has seemed to help conservation  as well as                                                               
culvert and  habitat restoration and pike  eradication. The board                                                               
is very cognizant of the stocks of concern up there.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He said it was an allocative  decision, one of the thoughts being                                                               
that they  had paid  a good  chunk of  the price  of conservation                                                               
efforts and it was prudent to  let them fish one 12-hour period a                                                               
week  next year.  The  department says  it's a  "may"  and not  a                                                               
"shall."  So  they don't  have  to  open  it up  if  conservation                                                               
measures are needed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  said the Mat-Su Borough  Wildlife Commission felt                                                               
they were "dealt quite a blow," and asked him to consider that.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said the department  has that  in mind. He  knows the                                                               
people on  the commission  up there and  respects them  all. This                                                               
was not  an easy decision,  but he did  it because he  thought it                                                               
would be sustainable.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEDMAN asked  him to remind the committee  what the vote                                                               
was on the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:49:08 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. JENSEN  replied that he wasn't  quite sure, but it  was maybe                                                               
5X2.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL clarified that there  seems to be unanimous thought                                                               
the vote was 4X3.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said he was  very disappointed in the Mat-Su                                                               
vote. For years the salmon return  has plummeted and asked him if                                                               
he thought the corridor was clearly working.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN answered yes it is  working, but at the expense of the                                                               
commercial  fishermen. He  clarified  that  he wants  sustainable                                                               
salmon for  Alaskans, but sometimes  they have to  make difficult                                                               
allocative decisions.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked what  takes priority: the  returns of                                                               
the fish or the commercial fishermen.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JENSEN  said  the  fish  always  come  first:  reproduction,                                                               
subsistence, and  then on  down the line  for the  different user                                                               
groups.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:51:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if this  would have an impact  on the                                                               
fish that return to the Valley.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  answered the department's information  indicated that                                                               
it would  have a small  impact, maybe up  to 50,000 fish,  but he                                                               
wasn't sure about that number.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:51:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  said  according to  ADF&G  estimates  that                                                               
means  50,000  sockeye  that  are   normally  going  through  the                                                               
corridor are now allocated to  the drift fishery. Does that sound                                                               
right?                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said he  didn't remember that  number, but  it sounds                                                               
reasonable.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:52:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  said that  several hundred  thousand people                                                               
live in  the Anchorage Bowl and  the Mat-Su Valley and  that is a                                                               
lot of lost opportunity for  the sport fishermen and possibly the                                                               
dipnetters.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  answered that  may be a  fair representation,  but he                                                               
didn't know  how the fish  split up. A  portion of them  going up                                                               
the Kenai  and Kasilof  river systems will  turn around  and come                                                               
back down  to, also,  and those  systems have  been over-escaping                                                               
themselves for quite some time.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked  if there was a proposal  to amend the                                                               
area open to dip netting from the shore in the Kenai River.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JENSEN  answered that  he  believed  there might  have  been                                                               
several proposals and  several to also extend  the fishing period                                                               
by two weeks.  But the board didn't make  any significant changes                                                               
for the dip net fishery.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said there have  been a lot of concerns from                                                               
his constituents about the lack  of fish that have been available                                                               
for dip netters and for sport  fishermen in the Kenai and Kasilof                                                               
area. He asked if the board  under his leadership took any action                                                               
to  increase  the  fish  available   for  dip  netters  or  sport                                                               
fishermen in the Kenai or Kasilof rivers.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  answered not at  this meeting,  but they have  in the                                                               
past taken those  actions by creating windows  and closed periods                                                               
for  the commercial  fishermen who  have  a prescriptive  36-hour                                                               
closed period  on Thursday  through Friday to  get fish  into the                                                               
river  for the  weekend, as  well  as a  prescriptive closure  on                                                               
Tuesday.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:55:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  commented that  Mr. Jensen didn't  take any                                                               
action to  increase the  fish available  for sport  fishermen and                                                               
dip netters  despite the  many complaints, and  asked if  he took                                                               
any actions  to increase the  number of fish that  were available                                                               
for commercial fishermen  or set netters in  the Kenai/Cook Inlet                                                               
region.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN replied that the board  took off a "1-percent rule" on                                                               
the  set netters,  because they  have  been hardest  hit and  the                                                               
sockeyes have been  running a little later in the  last couple of                                                               
years, but  that seemed like an  anomaly. They tried to  give the                                                               
set netters a  little more opportunity, but whether  they get the                                                               
time  or not  depends on  how the  late run  of Kenai  River King                                                               
salmon comes in.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL asked him to clarify what the "1-percent rule" is.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JENSEN  answered that  it's  hard  to  explain, but  if  the                                                               
commercial  fisheries' catch  in the  last two  weeks of  July is                                                               
less than  1 percent of  the total run  they don't get  any extra                                                               
opportunity. The reason they took  that off the table was because                                                               
in his mind  it was an unfair advantage to  the Kenai and Kasilof                                                               
rivers  fishermen. Setnetters  were severely  restricted by  that                                                               
rule, because  a lot  of them  leave to go  to their  other jobs.                                                               
Cook Inlet  is not  one of the  biggest commercial  fishing areas                                                               
and has an  over-prescription of permits. Most  people have other                                                               
jobs in order to support their fishing habit.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  if the  1 percent  rule has  been in                                                               
place for 40 years.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN answered he could didn't know.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked  if getting rid of the  1 percent rule                                                               
would increase the  number of fish available  for sport fishermen                                                               
or decrease them.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said the  biggest concern the  board had  during that                                                               
time was the increase in  catch of commercial silver salmon. They                                                               
also  considered that  the commercial  folks with  the 1  percent                                                               
rule caught around 3 percent of  the silvers going into the Kenai                                                               
River.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI surmised that the  1 percent rule makes more                                                               
silvers available for the commercial fishermen.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  answered that  is quite  possible for  silver salmon,                                                               
but their past catches haven't been that great.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said by contrast  that means less silvers of                                                               
the already few that get through for sport fishermen.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN answered that was a possibility.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   WIELECHOWSKI  asked   him  to   explain  what   "paired                                                               
restrictions"  are and  if those  had been  changed on  the Kenai                                                               
River.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:00:10 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. JENSEN answered  that there is no set net  fishing during the                                                               
early runs,  so paired  restrictions have  a lot  to do  with the                                                               
late run king salmon on the  Kenai River. A paired restriction is                                                               
if the  runs are so  low that the  sport fishermen or  the guided                                                               
sport fishermen are  fishing non-retention and no  bait, then the                                                               
set netters  on the outside get  reduced time or no  time at all.                                                               
They  are  given 12  hours  a  week  unless  there is  a  serious                                                               
shortage of King salmon, and then  they lose that time. They have                                                               
sat on the beach for up to 12 openings.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  surmised  that   the  board  weakened  the                                                               
commercial  fish  component of  the  paired  restrictions in  the                                                               
Kenai River.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN answered he didn't think the board did.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  said the  board  removed  any King  salmon                                                               
conservation  measures  in  August  for the  commercial  set  net                                                               
fishery.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JENSEN responded  that actually  by the  time it  matters in                                                               
late July  or early August the  majority of late run  King salmon                                                               
in the Kenai River are past. Some are left, but not many.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:02:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked  if  the  King  salmon  conservation                                                               
measures  the  board made  for  the  commercial set  net  fishery                                                               
increased or  decreased the number  of King salmon that  got into                                                               
the Kasilof River.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  replied that according  to the ADF&G, it  didn't make                                                               
any significant change.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if the  board increased  or decreased                                                               
the area that was available for dipnetting in the Kenai River.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JENSEN   replied  that  they   gave  some  extra   areas  to                                                               
dipnetters.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:03:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said as he  understands it, they changed the                                                               
dipnetting  areas in  the Kenai  River from  the upstream  to the                                                               
downstream side of  the Warren Ames Bridge to align  at the mouth                                                               
of the Kenai  River from No Name  Creek on the north  shore to an                                                               
ADF&G regulatory marker on the south shore.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  responded that  he believed  that was  accurate. That                                                               
was  a combination  of a  department proposal  and an  individual                                                               
proposal. He added  that it is a more convenient  area for people                                                               
to  fish,  at  the  same  time  recognizing  the  habitat  damage                                                               
happening around the Warren Ames Bridge area.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:03:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI asked where the dipnet area was added.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said he couldn't say  off the top of  his head. There                                                               
were over 160 proposals.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI said  he wanted  to  get that  information,                                                               
because his  understanding is  that no  more dipnetting  area was                                                               
added. He asked if the closing  of that area is likely to further                                                               
crowd dip netters into the area down by the mouth.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  said he  would have  to refer to  his notes  for that                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:05:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if he  is concerned  about escapement                                                               
of  King salmon  in the  Kasilof River  and if  he thinks  action                                                               
needs to be  taken to have sonar put in  place to count returning                                                               
King salmon there.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  replied that sonar  is a  very valuable tool  that he                                                               
encourages the department  to use. He added that  they changed an                                                               
early run  regulation the department  had into something  quite a                                                               
bit different on a  7X1 vote to let more large  fish on the early                                                               
run King  salmon go up the  Kenai River. He thought  that was one                                                               
of the best things they did at the whole meeting.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if the  closing of that area  for dip                                                               
netting was  done for  habitat reasons, and  if some  fish plants                                                               
are in the area that are impacting it.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN  replied that he believes  there is one fish  plant up                                                               
that way, but he wasn't sure  it was functioning. He knows that a                                                               
couple of  plants went out of  business and that could  have been                                                               
one of them.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  what habitat  concerns ADF&G  had in                                                               
the Warren Ames Bridge area.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. JENSEN answered  mainly foot traffic from  fishermen and duck                                                               
hunters leading to sloughing on the bank.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL,  finding no further questions,  thanked Mr. Jensen                                                               
and asked him to stay on line.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL welcomed  Mr. Reed Morisky. He  was first appointed                                                               
to the board in 2013.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:08:41 PM                                                                                                                    
REED MORISKY,  Fairbanks Alaska,  said he had  been on  the board                                                               
for almost  four years. He  recently retired from  the University                                                               
of Alaska  Fairbanks (UAF) as  a project  manager. He has  been a                                                               
sport fishing guide since 1984.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
As a  Board of Fisheries  member, he  has brought an  attitude of                                                               
respect and  fairness to the  process, he said. Alaska  is unique                                                               
in how the Boards of Fisheries  and Game are configured and he is                                                               
honored to  be able  to assist  residents in  having access  to a                                                               
regulatory  and allocative  process.  He enjoys  meeting all  the                                                               
stakeholders and hearing their concerns.  At his core he believes                                                               
they can  disagree without  being disagreeable.  He has  a proven                                                               
track record  for taking  a reasonable  and rational  approach to                                                               
his decision-making.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:10:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL  said the top half  of the Kenai Peninsula  used to                                                               
be her  district and she  heard from  those folks that  the board                                                               
hadn't had  a meeting  there in  quite some  time. Has  the board                                                               
been meeting there?                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. MORISKY answered  that the board votes on  locations, and the                                                               
last  time  the  vote  came  up  it  was  very  contentious,  and                                                               
Anchorage was  selected. It  was contentious  after that  and the                                                               
vote was  to keep it  in Anchorage. He  added that folks  in Mat-                                                               
Su/Wasilla/Palmer are  stakeholders, too. Anchorage is  a neutral                                                               
location, because it is central.  Frankly, a lot of the Anchorage                                                               
audience is  from the  Kenai, but  they also  get folks  from the                                                               
Mat-Su. The board had a work  session in Soldotna last October in                                                               
which it took public testimony, he added.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:12:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL thanked  him for his willingness to  serve on the                                                               
board. For him the Interior  waterways is a forgotten world where                                                               
some of the  fish end up but  not in the same  volumes as Bristol                                                               
Bay or  the Kenai  area. He  asked what  Mr. Morisky  could bring                                                               
that may be valuable to those Interior waterways.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. MORISKY answered that he has  a family member who has been in                                                               
and  out  of  the  commercial fishing  industry  for  over  three                                                               
decades, but  he has been in  the Interior for over  35 years. He                                                               
understands the up-river perspective and  it is important to him,                                                               
because they  are 600-700 miles from  salt water and by  the time                                                               
the fish  get up  there everybody  else has  gotten to  them from                                                               
trawlers to seals.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:14:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL opened public comment.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:16:34 PM                                                                                                                    
JENNIFER  EHMANN, Chair,  Mat-Su  Valley Fish  and Game  Advisory                                                               
Committee  (AC),   Palmer,  Alaska,  said  the   committee  voted                                                               
unanimously to support Mr. Morisky's  re-appointment to the Board                                                               
of Fisheries.  She recognized  all the  dedication and  hard work                                                               
the Board of Fisheries members  give to this critical process and                                                               
thanked  them  for  their  service.   The  AC  has  not  had  the                                                               
opportunity to discuss  other re-appointments, but plan  to do so                                                               
in up-coming meetings.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:17:39 PM                                                                                                                    
JERRY MCCUNE,  United Fishermen of Alaska  (UFA), Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
supported the confirmations  of Fritz Johnson and  John Jensen to                                                               
the Board of  Fisheries. He had known Mr. Jensen  for a long time                                                               
and he  is the most senior  member on the board.  He always seems                                                               
to be  fair and open  and listens  well. Mr. Johnson  has already                                                               
been on  the board  that has a  big learning curve.  So he  has a                                                               
good start.  It takes probably six  years to go around  the state                                                               
and get experience  in all the different areas. They  both have a                                                               
lot of experience across the state.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:19:20 PM                                                                                                                    
GARY HOLLIER, representing himself, Kenai,  Alaska, said he is an                                                               
East Side  set netter, and  supported all three  nominations: Mr.                                                               
Morisky,  Mr. Johnson,  and Mr.  Jensen.  He doesn't  agree on  a                                                               
whole  lot of  issues  with  Mr. Morisky,  but  he makes  himself                                                               
available and that  is appreciated. He dealt with  Mr. Johnson at                                                               
the February  14th meeting and found  that he has the  ability to                                                               
analyze the  data and articulate his  votes up or down.  He would                                                               
also make  a good member  especially after already  serving three                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. HOLLIER  said the most  important appointment is  Mr. Jensen.                                                               
Among  his  other  abilities,  as  chairman,  he  has  frequently                                                               
demonstrated the ability to control  a board meeting that is very                                                               
contentious.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:21:40 PM                                                                                                                    
PAUL   SHADURA,    representing,   South    K-Beach   Independent                                                               
Fisherman's  Association, Kasilof,  Alaska,  supported all  three                                                               
nominees for the  Board of Fisheries: John  Jensen, Reed Morisky,                                                               
and Fritz  Johnson. Even though  the association didn't  have all                                                               
their concerns addressed  in the recent Cook  Inlet meeting, they                                                               
felt the  issues that were  addressed were discussed in  an open,                                                               
clear, and  transparent process.  The board  offered considerable                                                               
time for  the public to  testify and allowed  additional comments                                                               
to  clarify  issues within  the  committee  as  a whole.  The  AC                                                               
representatives  were  given  additional time  to  express  their                                                               
voice  for their  respective  communities.  The board  thoroughly                                                               
discussed and  debated several  management plans.  Decisions were                                                               
carefully  crafted  to  balance and  adjust  critical  management                                                               
plans with the goal of high  sustained yield. The board is tasked                                                               
with  conserving and  developing strong  healthy productive  runs                                                               
and ensuring a reasonable access to all residents of Alaska.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:23:14 PM                                                                                                                    
DAN DUNAWAY, representing  himself, Dillingham, Alaska, supported                                                               
Fritz  Johnson's  confirmation to  the  Board  of Fisheries.  Mr.                                                               
Dunaway said he  is a lifelong Alaskan and a  28-year resident of                                                               
Dillingham; he  sits on the  Nushigak Advisory Committee  and the                                                               
Bristol  Bay Federal  Subsistence  Rural Council.  He spent  time                                                               
with Mr. Johnson on his boat  during his work with university and                                                               
found  him   very  thoughtful.  He   is  well-respected   by  the                                                               
community. He  is fair  and ethical, and  is capable  of balanced                                                               
decisions. He  doesn't have a  preference for any user  group; he                                                               
is respectful of and appreciates all of them.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:24:35 PM                                                                                                                    
GAYLA  HOSETH,  Nushagak  Advisory  Committee  (AC),  Dillingham,                                                               
Alaska,  supported Fritz  Johnson's appointment  to the  Board of                                                               
Fisheries. She  explained that  representatives for  the Nushagak                                                               
AC were selected  from the residents of the many  villages in its                                                               
area that  are the most  respected for their knowledge  and local                                                               
uses  of the  fish  and  wildlife resources.  At  the March  10th                                                               
meeting they voted unanimously to  support Fritz Johnson. He is a                                                               
long-time resident  of Dillingham  and is  well known  and highly                                                               
respected for  his work  throughout the Bristol  Bay region  as a                                                               
commercial fisherman,  former journalist,  media director  at the                                                               
Bristol  Bay   Native  Association,  former   regional  fisheries                                                               
director  for the  Bristol Bay  Economic Development  Corporation                                                               
and current director of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
During  the Nushagak  AC  meeting several  members  spoke of  Mr.                                                               
Johnson's  extensive experience  in  the  Bristol Bay  commercial                                                               
fishery and his widespread respect  among the regional fishermen.                                                               
With  his   previous  board   experience,  Mr.   Johnson  already                                                               
understands the nuances  of many fisheries which can  help him to                                                               
fully address highly complex fishery issues.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:26:36 PM                                                                                                                    
NICK   SMEATON,   representing   himself,   Dillingham,   Alaska,                                                               
supported Fritz Johnson's appointment  to the Board of Fisheries.                                                               
Mr. Smeaton  said he was a  lifelong fisherman in Bristol  Bay as                                                               
had  many generations  before him  and had  known Fritz  for many                                                               
years  and had  fished  beside  him. He  is  very considerate  of                                                               
everyone out  there in the fisheries.  He has a lot  of different                                                               
ideas, but he listens to everybody first.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. SMEATON said he also had  a fishing violation many years ago,                                                               
but he never had another one.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:27:52 PM                                                                                                                    
VERNER  WILSON, III,  Director,  Natural  Resources, Bristol  Bay                                                               
Native  Association  (BBNA),  Dillingham,  Alaska,  said  he  was                                                               
speaking on behalf  of the president and CEO,  Ralph Anderson, in                                                               
support  of  Fritz  Johnson  to   the  Board  of  Fisheries.  His                                                               
appointment will  be in keeping  with BBNA's  resolution 2016-03,                                                               
entitled  "A  Resolution in  Support  of  Keeping a  Bristol  Bay                                                               
Region Seat  on the  Alaska Board  of Fisheries"   passed  by the                                                               
full board of directors last  year. Among other things, it states                                                               
that the membership of BBNA  is of 31 federally recognized tribal                                                               
governments  in the  region,  the watershed  of  the Bristol  Bay                                                               
Region that supports the world's  most prolific wild salmon runs.                                                               
It says:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Our  commercial  fisheries  in  Bristol  Bay  typically                                                                    
     supply almost half of the  world's wild sockeye salmon.                                                                    
     Bristol  Bay's fishery  alone  represented nearly  one-                                                                    
     third  of the  total  Alaska salmon  harvest value.  It                                                                    
     supported  12,000 fishing  jobs  important to  Alaskans                                                                    
     around  the  state.  And since  1975,  recognizing  the                                                                    
     importance  of Bristol  Bay's fisheries  to the  state,                                                                    
     Alaska's  leaders  have   traditionally  designated  at                                                                    
     least one of  seven seats on the Board  of Fisheries as                                                                    
     a member  connected with the  Bristol Bay  Region. BBNA                                                                    
     recognizes  the  importance  of  the  Alaska  Board  of                                                                    
     Fisheries  to  the  regulation and  well-being  of  our                                                                    
     region's fisheries.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. WILSON said the board passed  this resolution in 2016, but no                                                               
one from Bristol Bay was appointed,  which lead to the passing of                                                               
this resolution.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:30:08 PM                                                                                                                    
GARY  CLINE, Regional  Fisheries Director,  Bristol Bay  Economic                                                               
Development  Corporation,   Dillingham,  Alaska,   supported  Mr.                                                               
Johnson's appointment to  the Board of Fisheries.  Mr. Cline said                                                               
he  grew  up as  a  commercial  fisherman, sport  fisherman,  and                                                               
subsistence fisher. He would love  the salmon fisheries to remain                                                               
a  cornerstone of  his livelihood  as  well as  the residents  of                                                               
Bristol Bay. It's  crucial to have a local  Bristol Bay fisherman                                                               
seated on the board who has  experience and knowledge of all five                                                               
commercial within the Bristol Bay region.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. CLINE said  he was privileged to attend the  last Bristol Bay                                                               
fin fish  meeting and the  Alaska Peninsula Fin Fish  Meeting and                                                               
he admired  Mr. Johnson's  due diligence to  engage with  all the                                                               
other user  groups to absorb all  their knowledge so he  can make                                                               
fair, unbiased, and concise decisions.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:32:01 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT   HAYANO,   representing  himself,   Dillingham,   Alaska,                                                               
supported all  three appointees:  John Jensen, Reed  Morisky, and                                                               
Fritz Johnson.  From attending past  meetings he found  all three                                                               
gentlemen to  be very accessible  to the  public, which is  a key                                                               
element in  this successful process.  He felt they did  their due                                                               
diligence in reviewing all the  information before and during the                                                               
meeting and made informed decisions  even though he didn't always                                                               
agree with them. It is  very important to keep experienced people                                                               
on  the board,  because  Alaska's fisheries  are  a very  complex                                                               
resource.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:33:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CURT   ARMSTRONG,  representing   himself,  Dillingham,   Alaska,                                                               
supported all  three appointees to  the Board of  Fisheries: John                                                               
Jensen, Reed  Morisky, and Fritz  Johnson. He has attended  a few                                                               
board meetings  and found them  all to be receptive  to listening                                                               
to all sides  of a contentious issue and coming  up with workable                                                               
solutions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:35:02 PM                                                                                                                    
OLIVER  HOLM,  representing  himself, Kodiak,  Alaska,  supported                                                               
John Jensen's reappointment  to the Board of  Fisheries. Mr. Holm                                                               
who  had  been on  the  Kodiak  AC for  27  years  and had  other                                                               
fisheries experience,  found Mr. Jensen very  knowledgeable about                                                               
the board's  policies; he is  very approachable and  an excellent                                                               
chairman. The board needs someone  with a broad experience in the                                                               
state's fisheries beyond salmon and fresh water fisheries.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:36:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SUE   JEFFREY,  representing   herself,  Kodiak,   Alaska,  fully                                                               
supported all  three appointees to  the Board of  Fisheries: John                                                               
Jensen,  Reed  Morisky,  and  Fritz  Johnson.  She  said  she  is                                                               
currently  on the  Board of  Fisheries  and has  served with  all                                                               
three appointees  and that Alaska's fisheries  are broad reaching                                                               
and  complex. Mr.  Jensen's long  service  on the  board and  his                                                               
institutional memory  is especially valuable to  the state during                                                               
challenging times.  She knows all  three would  take conservation                                                               
into  consideration  first  and  foremost. All  three  care  very                                                               
sincerely about  the health  of the  resource and  understand its                                                               
importance  to all  the users.  They will  ensure a  thorough and                                                               
transparent process.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:38:37 PM                                                                                                                    
JEFF  STEPHAN, United  Fishermen's Marketing  Association (UFMA),                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska,  strongly supported  all three appointees  to the                                                               
Board  of  Fisheries:  John  Jensen,   Reed  Morisky,  and  Fritz                                                               
Johnson.  Mr.  Stephan  said  he  attended  his  first  Board  of                                                               
Fisheries meeting  in November 1978  and has interacted  with and                                                               
observed the board and its members  since then on a broad variety                                                               
of issues  and challenges.  He found the  current board  with the                                                               
addition  of  Fritz  Johnson  has  some  of  the  best  balanced,                                                               
informed, and dedicated members he  has seen. The State of Alaska                                                               
should be proud  of the way the Board of  Fisheries has conducted                                                               
themselves. They don't  always agree, but that is  want is needed                                                               
in a body  like that. They come with  different perspectives, but                                                               
always work very diligently  towards principals of sustainability                                                               
and  good management.  They are  all intelligent  individuals and                                                               
clearly dedicated to  environmentally sound management principals                                                               
of sustainability.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:41:50 PM                                                                                                                    
WES  HUMBYRD,  representing  himself,  Homer,  Alaska,  supported                                                               
Fritz Johnson's  and John Jensen's  appointments to the  Board of                                                               
Fisheries,  but not  Reed Morisky.  Mr. Humbyrd  is a  commercial                                                               
drifter and  doesn't want  Mr. Morisky on  the board,  because he                                                               
never  agrees  with anything  that  happens  in Cook  Inlet.  Mr.                                                               
Johnson and  Mr. Jensen  are both  approachable, and  even though                                                               
they don't always agree, their  differences are based on science.                                                               
The  fisheries   should  be  managed  on   escapement  goals  and                                                               
sustained yield.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. HUMBYRD  said the Cook  Inlet has a  problem and it's  in the                                                               
Mat-Su  Valley where  135 lakes  are infested  with pike.  So the                                                               
sockeye salmon  are being  allocated into  the Mat-Su  Valley for                                                               
the non-resident sport fishermen but the pike eat them.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:43:30 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID HILLSTRAND, representing  himself, Homer, Alaska, supported                                                               
Fritz Johnson's  and John Jensen's  appointments to the  Board of                                                               
Fisheries,   but   not   Reed    Morisky.   The   definition   of                                                               
"conservation" is the  wise use of our  resources without wasting                                                               
them, he  said and suggested  having a standard and  criteria for                                                               
any board member that is nominated.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He  explained that  the  allocation  of Cook  Inlet  fish to  the                                                               
personal  use and  the sport  fishers has  led to  waste of  many                                                               
fish. He said 2-7 million chum  salmon are not being caught, 2-10                                                               
million pink salmon  are not getting caught, and for  five out of                                                               
six years,  500,000-plus sockeye  have not  been caught;  that is                                                               
waste in his eyes.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:45:36 PM                                                                                                                    
MALCOLM  MILNE, President,  North  Pacific Fisheries  Association                                                               
(NPFA),  Homer, Alaska,  supported John  Jensen's appointment  to                                                               
the  Board of  Fisheries. He  explained that  NPFA members  are a                                                               
multi-gear, multi-species  commercial fishing  organization based                                                               
in Homer.  It represents  over 50  family fishing  operations and                                                               
the members  participate in many  fisheries throughout  the state                                                               
from Southeast  to the Bering  Sea. NPFA has participated  in the                                                               
board process since in 1955.  Members respect Mr. Jensen and know                                                               
him to be a considerate and  informed board member. He has served                                                               
since  2003  and  his   institutional  knowledge  and  historical                                                               
perspective are quite valuable.  Although the association has not                                                               
always agreed  with Mr.  Jensen's decisions,  he has  always been                                                               
respectful and listened to all sides of an issue.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:47:27 PM                                                                                                                    
IAN PITZMAN,  representing himself, Homer, Alaska,  supported all                                                               
three appointees  to the  Board of  Fisheries: John  Jensen, Reed                                                               
Morisky, and  Fritz Johnson, especially  Mr. Jensen.  Mr. Pitzman                                                               
said  he is  drifter in  Cook Inlet  and is  involved in  the cod                                                               
fishery  in the  Gulf  of  Alaska and  the  Bering  Sea. He  also                                                               
operates a crab  boat in the Bering Sea. However,  he had focused                                                               
his comments  on John Jensen saying  that he has seen  Mr. Jensen                                                               
in many  different meetings  and believes his  best asset  is his                                                               
broad understanding of  the varied fisheries in  areas around the                                                               
state, both  sport fisheries and  commercial fisheries.  While he                                                               
doesn't   always  agree   with   Mr.   Jensen's  positions,   his                                                               
discussions, and  his reasoning using the  best available science                                                               
in explaining how he votes, makes him easy to understand.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He said  Mr. Jensen  is a  great advocate for  the state  and the                                                               
fisheries  resources and  a fair  judge of  allocation. He  asked                                                               
them  to remember  that the  commercial  fishery in  Alaska is  a                                                               
multi-billion  dollar  business  and  it  needs  regulators  that                                                               
understand the  business. He  closed by  asking the  committee to                                                               
forward all three names.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:49:10 PM                                                                                                                    
ARNE  THOMSON,  contractor/consultant,  Alaska  Salmon  Alliance,                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska,  supported all  three appointees to  the Board                                                               
of Fisheries:  John Jensen, Reed  Morisky, and Fritz  Johnson. He                                                               
has personally  and professionally known  Mr. Jensen for  over 25                                                               
years and he  is a man with diversified  fisheries experience who                                                               
has a refreshing spirit of respect and collaboration.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THOMSON  said  he  respects the  knowledge  and  balance  of                                                               
interests that Mr. Morisky brings to the board.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Finally,  they  appreciate  the  fact  that  Fritz  Johnson  from                                                               
Dillingham has agreed to come back  and serve on the board. He is                                                               
a man  of integrity  with extensive  fisheries experience  and is                                                               
already   established   his   collaborative,   cooperative,   and                                                               
respectful nature.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:51:00 PM                                                                                                                    
AL BARRETTE,  representing himself, Fairbanks,  Alaska, supported                                                               
Reed Morisky's appointment  to the Board of  Fisheries. Before he                                                               
was  even  a  board  member,  Mr. Morisky  would  attend  the  AC                                                               
meetings  in Fairbanks.  Since he  has  been a  board member,  he                                                               
almost religiously  attends the  AC meetings.  He listens  and is                                                               
able to answer  questions with good detail on why  the board took                                                               
certain  actions. It  is excellent  to  have an  end-user on  the                                                               
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL,  finding  no   further  comments,  closed  public                                                               
testimony. She stated the following:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     In   accordance  with   AS  39.05.080,   the  Resources                                                                    
     Committee  reviewed the  following  and recommends  the                                                                    
     appointments  be  forwarded  to  a  joint  session  for                                                                    
     consideration:  Board of  Fisheries: Fritz Johnson from                                                                    
     Dillingham,  John  Jensen  from  Petersburg,  and  Reed                                                                    
     Morisky from Fairbanks.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     This does not reflect an intent by any of the members                                                                      
         to vote for or against the confirmation of the                                                                         
     individuals during any further sessions.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:53:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL adjourned the Senate Resources Committee meeting                                                                  
at 4:53 p.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
AGENDA-3-13-17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Agenda
1. Board of Fisheries Fact Sheet.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
2. Fisheries - Resume - Jensen.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
3. Fisheries - Resume - Morisky.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
4. Fisheries - Resume - Johnson.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
5. Fisheries- Support for Johnson, Jensen - Icicle Foods.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
6. Fisheries- Support for Jensen - AK Trollers Assoc.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
7. Fisheries- Support for Jensen- Petersburg VOA.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
8. Fisheries- Support for Jensen-USAG.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
9. Fisheries- Support for Jensen, Johnson, Morisky- AK Salmon Alliance.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
10. Fisheries- Support for Johnson- Nushagak F&G Adv Comm - 3 - 10 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
11. Fisheries- Support for Morisky - Laundry House Gang - 3 - 13 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
12. Fisheries- Support for Johnson & Jensen - Eric Huebsch - 3 - 13 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
13. Fisheries- Support for Johnson & Jensen - UFA - 3 - 13 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
14. Fisheries- Support for Bristol Bay Representation - BBNA - 2016.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
15. Fisheries- Support for Morisky - Tom Lamall - 3 - 13 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
16. Fisheries- Support for Johnson & Jensen- Herrmann - 3 - 13 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
17. Fisheries- Support for Johnson, Jensen, Morisky - KRSA - 3 - 11 - 17.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fisheries
18. Fisheries- Support for Jensen - CDFU.pdf SRES 3/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
Board of Fish