National Fisherman

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has announced the reappointment of Reed Morisky, Susan Jeffrey and John Jensen to the Board of Fisheries. Governor Parnell also announced the appointment of David Brown and the reappointment of Ted Spraker and Stanley "Stosh" Hoffman to the Board of Game.

The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and development of the state's fishery resources, and sets seasons, bag limits and methods and means for the state's subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport and personal-use fisheries. The board also develops fishery management policy and makes the allocative decisions that are implemented by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation.

Morisky, of Fairbanks, is the owner and operator of Wilderness Fishing, a sport fishing guide service based in Fairbanks and Nenana. He currently works as a project manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Division of Design and Construction. Morisky is a past member of the Sport Fishing Guide Services Task Force, Summit Drive Service Area Commission and the Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors. He serves as a current member for the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau, Trout Unlimited, Alaska Outdoor Council and the National Rifle Association.

Jeffrey has lived in Kodiak since 1972 and has served on many local boards and committees throughout the years. She is a two-term member of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and sat on the Kodiak Fishery Advisory Committee while in office. Jeffrey is a commercial salmon fisherman, and she and her husband have fished their Kodiak set net site since 1987. She has a bachelor's degree in English and is a published author. As a former reporter and fisheries editor for the Kodiak Daily Mirror, as well as a freelance writer for numerous fisheries journals, Jeffrey brings a wide variety of fisheries-related experience to the board.

Jensen, a lifelong resident of Petersburg, was first appointed to the Board of Fisheries in 2003. A commercial fisherman since 1965, Jensen has owned and operated four fishing vessels, and is the owner of Jensen's Boat Rentals. He has fished in Southeast Alaska, Bristol Bay, the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, Western Alaska and in waters around the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Chain. Jensen has fished for salmon, halibut, red king crab, tanner crab, brown king crab, octopus, Dungeness crab and herring.

The Board of Game works to conserve and develop Alaska's wildlife resources by regulating the protection and consumption of game species, establishing methods and means of harvest, setting allocations of game resources and taking other action to meet the Alaska Constitution's mandate to manage wildlife for the maximum benefit of Alaskans. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation.

Brown, of Wrangell, is a commercial Dungeness crab captain and a retired high school teacher. He is a volunteer archery instructor for Wrangell Parks and Recreation, and is past president of the Wrangell Teachers Association. Brown is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pope and Young Club and the National Rifle Association. He is the recipient of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Award and the Association for Career and Technical Education Industrial Arts Teacher of the Year Award. Brown received a bachelor's degree in industrial arts from Montana State Northern.

Hoffman, a lifelong Alaskan and resident of Bethel, was first appointed to the Board of Game in 2008. He currently serves as director of corporate facilities for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. He is a licensed assistant guide, a commercial and subsistence fisherman, and also owns and manages three businesses in Bethel: S & A Rentals, Nunapik Dish Network and Tundra Fencing.

Spraker, of Soldotna, is a retired biologist, having worked briefly with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and for nearly 30 years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, ultimately retiring as the area wildlife biologist for the Kenai Peninsula. Spraker has also worked as a commercial halibut fisherman and is a member of the Alaska Trappers Association, Safari Club International and the National Rifle Association. He received a bachelor's degree in wildlife management and a master's degree in range science from the University of Wyoming.

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Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.


NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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