Governor pauses order to combine fishing agencies

    Governor Bill Walker has paused an Administrative Order to combine some duties of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, saying he wants to allow time for more public input.

    Governor Bill Walker has paused an Administrative Order to combine some duties of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, saying he wants to allow time for more public input.

    Walker says his intent in combining the duties of the two agencies was to help save the state money during the current "fiscal crisis."

    In February, Governor Walker issued Administrative Order 279, authorizing the transfer of some administrative and research functions of the CFEC to ADF&G. This has not yet occurred.

    The United Fishermen of Alaska challenged the order in court, but a superior court judge ruled in favor of the state. Walker announced this week that he would pause the Order in order to allow more time for "public engagement and feedback."

    He wrote, "The vital stakeholder input will help determine the best course of action needed to find a path forward for the fishing industry, individual Alaskans, and the affected state agencies."

    The public process will ramp up after this fall's fisheries close.
     

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