Alaska gov. shifts permit duties from CFEC

Gov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order Tuesday that transfers most functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission into the Department of Fish and Game. A governor’s press release says the reorganization will save the state more than $1.3 million a year.

The CFEC, an autonomous state agency, is responsible for deciding what commercial fisheries to limit, who gets to participate in them and adjudicating appeal cases. It also issues permits and licenses, which bring in the majority of the agency’s revenue.

The administrative order moves CFEC’s licensing, permitting, research, IT, accounting, payroll, procurement and budget services to Fish and Game. This transfer would affect about a dozen of the commission’s 25 employees.

Until now, the roughly 30-person agency was mostly autonomous. The administrative order moves the CFEC’s licensing, permitting, IT, accounting, payroll, procurement and budget services to Fish and Game. This transfer would affect the majority of the commission’s employees.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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