And it sounds like Maw may be taking his spot... Now that's Irony.
And Doc I prefer PBR to champagne. It leaves room in the budget for my Clarion subscription. Cold beer tonight though. Must be that clear sky.
Maw's appointment to the board by the governor speaks volumes to the governor's understanding of the Board process, and the direction he would like management of state fisheries to go in. It seems to be a very adversarial move against the board, who voted unanimously against putting Maw into the leadership position of the state ADF&G. Will be interesting to see how the legislative vetting process goes.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone."
The KeenEye MD
Well, my representatives will hear from me to Not confirm Maw. I don't see him as a good cross section of the average cook inlet stake holder.
Why do you feel that way? Is it because he knows to much about what it would take to save the Kenai Kings, and keep other runs healthy for all user groups. Or is it that you just don't like the way he dresses.
I could see Maw's appointment following the same course as Palin's appointment of Brent Johnson. Both qualified but it stacks the Board with 4 commercial interests, leaving 2 sport, and 1 subsistence. That is going to be the rub with the confirmation.
I am sure that DR Maw sport fishes too. I would look at him more in a Biologist position on the board, and that is what has been missing. I would not be sure that changes to the board are over yet. More may be stepping down after more investigation into the boards actions.
Responsible Conservation > Political Allocation
I am sure some will fight Dr. Maw but I doubt the Governor made this appointment without seeking council from the Senate President and House Speaker on whether he can be confirmed. I bet the Governor has their pledge to get the confirmation through. Some in the Legislature did not like those who stopped Webster and Johnson so maybe a backlash against that type of character assassination is coming.
Bottom line is that the Gov is replacing BOF members when he has the chance and I assume a new BOF will be in place by the time UCI rolls around again.
Relative to Dr. Maw qualifications he is more than qualified. He has extensive experience fishing in PWS and UCI, he is a trained biologist, he has been on the International Salmon Commission, and it will be hard for the Legislature to not confirm him. It will cost them with the new Gov to do so.
His organization (UCIDA) also has a lawsuit in Federal court that, if successful will, according to Lance Nelson, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Alaska Department of Law, would:
"If the lawsuit is successful and the requested relief is granted, it would vacate
Amendment 12 and require that a federal FMP be put in place in Cook Inlet that would
involve federal agency oversight and ultimate control over commercial salmon fishing in
the EEZ waters of lower Cook Inlet. This would be a change from the status quo in place
since statehood and shift a significant amount of control from the state to the federal
government, a result in direct conflict with a primary goal of statehood: the desire of the
people of Alaska to manage their own resources."
"FMP" Fisheries Management Plan
"EEZ" Exculusive Economic Zone 3-10 miles off shore
You also continue to represent his personal position with UCIDA and that is not only incorrect it but you also keep repeating a position that has no defense given the briefs filed in the case. But for your information once more - the Federal Gov has jurisdiction in the federal waters of UCI because there is a large section of the inlet that is federal waters. They have had control for decades and have written an Fishery Management Plan for those waters. So get you act together and read the documents and history of the case and you may change your ill -informed position. Also, if you recall our Gov sued the State over misdeeds 7 times so suing the State is the right of every citizen of the State. It is called being an active citizen.
Dr. Maw right now is just a citizen of this State and has expertise in a variety of areas. He is no different than other Board members - end of story. But I am sure you and others will try to do character assassination but this Gov will not let you get away with it. He has sent a message here and that is KRSA and others are not in controll of the process.
Is it that hard to have an open mind about Dr Maw? He knows that with healthy salmon runs it is good for all user groups. If you have never given the man a chance, because of what others have said about him you are being led down the wrong road. Sorry if asking you why you feel the way you do about someone you know very little about has upset you.
I love this appointment. It's a shot across the bow of this messed up BOF. The other Board members would be wise to take note that Gov. Walker isn't going to suffer fools lightly. If they refuse to do their jobs and try to push their political agenda, they will be removed and replaced.
An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
- Jef Mallett
Who will next to resign? At least Johnstone walked out head high and pockets full of owed favors. Kenai classic for life.