Alaska Department of Fish and Game
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 6, 2007
Charlie Swanton Appointed Director of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
JUNEAU â€“ Commissioner Denby Lloyd today announced the appointment of Charlie Swanton as director of the Division of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). Currently, Swanton is the Southeast Regional supervisor for Sport Fish with the department.
â€œCharlie brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the directorâ€™s job,â€ said Commissioner Lloyd in announcing the appointment. â€œHe has worked all over Alaska, and heâ€™s dedicated and enthusiastic about creating sport fishing opportunities for all Alaskans.â€
Swanton earned degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Washington. He began his career with ADF&G in various research positions with the Division of Commercial Fisheries, but more recently has been the regional management supervisor and Southeast Regional Supervisor with the Division of Sport Fish. Charlieâ€™s career has given him exposure to fisheries in the Chignik and Kodiak areas, throughout the broad Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region based out of Fairbanks, and in Southeast Alaska.
â€œIâ€™m extremely pleased that Charlie agreed to bring his skills and intelligence to this important position,â€ Lloyd said. Swantonâ€™s first official day as Sport Fish Director will be Aug. 13.
Swanton replaces outgoing Sport Fish Director Kelly Hepler, who served in that role for seven years. Hepler leaves the job after a distinguished 28-year career at ADF&G.
The Division of Sport Fish is responsible for fisheries stock assessment and management, development of public access for sport fishing and boating, hatcheries, and planning, information and education services. The division employs more than 400 full-time and seasonal employees and has an annual budget of more than $40 million.