Larry Edfelt appointed to Board of Fish

Governor Palin Fills Vacancy on Board of Fisheries 


March 8, 2007, Juneau, AK – Governor Palin today announced the appointment of Juneau resident, Larry Edfelt, to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.  Edfelt previously served on the board from 1992-1997.“I am honored that someone of Larry’s stature and experience has agreed to come back and serve the state again on this important board,” said Governor Palin.  “He’s familiar with Alaska fisheries from a number of vantage points.  His vision and temperament are just what this board needs.” 


Edfelt retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 1986, after a distinguished 23-year career.  He served as a fisheries biologist, Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries, and Assistant Executive Director of the Boards of Fisheries and Game before his retirement.  He has also worked as a charter boat owner and operator.  Edfelt is well known around Alaska for his humorous columns published in the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News. 


The seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries are appointed by the Governor, subject to legislative confirmation, to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state.  This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries, and it also involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state’s fishery resources.  The board is charged with making allocative decisions, while the Department of Fish and Game is responsible for management based on those decisions. 


Edfelt will participate as a voting member at the Board’s next meeting, from March 9th to March 13th in Anchorage, during which the board will take up statewide finfish and supplemental issues.  If confirmed by the Legislature, Edfelt will fill the seat vacated by Rupe Andrews of Juneau, who resigned last month. 


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