Board of Fish Appointments

Board of Fisheries
Governor Palin appointed Brent G. Johnson, and reappointed Karl S. Johnstone, to the Board of Fisheries.
The seven-member Board of Fisheries is responsible for conservation and development of the state’s fishery resources by setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries.  The board sets fishery management policy, and makes the allocation decisions which the Department of Fish and Game must carry out through its management of fishery resources.
Johnson, of Clam Gulch, is a lifelong commercial fisherman who has been a salmon setnetter for most of his life.  He has worked as a salmon and herring seiner and halibut longliner in Cook Inlet, and as a salmon seiner in Prince William Sound.  Johnson has been active in fisheries management issues, having served more than a decade on the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee from the early 1990s to 2002, the last two years as chairman.  He was a member of the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association board of directors from 1988-2001, and rejoined the board as president in 2005.  Johnson is a past president and board member of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association.  His appointment represents the first appointment of a Cook Inlet commercial fisherman to the board since 1975.
Johnson has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission since 1997.  He has also been president of Kasilof Regional Historical Association since 2005, and president of the Kenai Peninsula Historical Association since 2008.  Born in Seldovia, he graduated from Ninilchik High School in 1973.  He was appointed to a public seat.
Johnstone, of Anchorage, is a retired Superior Court judge who has been an active sport fisherman in Alaska since 1967.  He fished commercially for salmon in Bristol Bay and herring in Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska in the 1980s.  Johnstone earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree from the University of Arizona.  He practiced law until 1979 when he was appointed Superior Court judge.  Johnstone was appointed presiding judge of the Third Judicial District in 1990 and served in that position until his retirement in 1996.  He has since had a limited practice as a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator.  Johnstone was reappointed to a public seat.
Note:  Brent Johnson will be replacing Bonnie Williams of Fairbanks. (KLH)

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