The letter attached below will open your eyes if you are not up on what's going on with the Roland Maw confirmation.
This will affect everyone who sport fishes ...
Below are the addresses to the co-chairs of the House Resources committee and the chair of the House Fisheries committee. The confirmation hearing has been postponed due to the many letters/emails that have already been sent... Time to send more
Representative.Dave.Talerico@akleg.gov (Resources Co-Chair)
Representative.Benjamin.Nageak@akleg.gov (Resources Co-Chair)
Representative.Louise.Stutes@akleg.gov (Fisheries Chair)
Actual letter sent to State representatives...
I wanted to add my 2 cents in the hopes that Roland Maw will not be confirmed to the Board of Fish as the next Chairman or to any other position on the BOF. Where to begin? There are so many conflicts of interest involved here that it is unbelievable. Please take the time to read this email as I will try to outline all that is going on. Thank you in advance.
I was saddened, shocked, outraged with Gov. Walker for the steps he took which resulted in the most unbiased BOF Chairman the State of Alaska has ever had, Judge Karl Johnstone, resigning his post. I am not sure what Gov. Walker thinks he is doing but obviously he is pandering to Commercial Fishing interests. Maybe someone should alert him to what kind of legacy a one term Governor would have. I voted for him because of his “Alaska First, It’s Time” theme. Well he is not putting Alaska or the majority of it’s Residents first with regards to his choices to run our fisheries. Sam Cotton is a long time Cook Inlet Set Netter and now he is our ADF&G Commissioner. Which way do you think he will lean in governing our fisheries?
1st... please take notice that it was the entire BOF that voted 7-0 to reject Maw’s name for consideration and confirmation to be the next Commissioner of ADF&G. That act resulted in House Speaker Mike Chenault writing a letter of complaint to the Gov. about the then Chairman of the BOF, Johnston. Why the Speaker singled out Johnston when the whole BOF voted the way they did makes no sense till you pull back the curtain and take a real look at the situation.
Speaker Chenault’s Chief of Staff, Tom Wright, is the past Executive Director of United Cook Inlet Drifters Assoc, UCIDA. Rowland Maw is the current Executive Director of this same Commercial Fisherman Assoc. Hmm, do you think that is a conflict of interest? In the past is is obvious that Speaker Chenault has been influenced by his Chief of Staff back when he submitted Brent Johnson’s name, aka East Side Set Netter in Cook Inlet, to be made a member of the BOF. His confirmation failed because of the out cry of the public for his bias toward Commercial fishing.
The letter the Speaker wrote to the Gov. about Roland Maw not being submitted by the BOF prompted him to single out Johnstone as did the Gov. upon receiving the letter which led him to call Mr. Johnstone with the threat that he would no longer be wanted on the BOF by telling him he would not be reappointed. Mr. Johnstone did the only thing a responsible and reputable man would do and tendered his resignation which the Gov. had sought and took. Then he did the unthinkable and put forth Maw’s name to replace him. The entire BOF fish voted 7-0 against Maw, does the Gov. not see that. The reason the BOF voted that way is because of the tenuous relationship it has had with Maw in the past, ie; BOF meetings in 2011. He is totally for Commercial Fishing at the determent of all the Citizens of the State of Alaska. Some of the proposals he put forth at the 2011 BOF meetings were unconscionable. He wanted to drop the limit that Alaskan Residents who dip net the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers to 10 fish for the head of each household from 25. Less than half of what it has always been. He even went so far as to submit a proposal that no dip netting from a boat should be allowed. That is going against Alaska Residents, voting residents, that dip net to get their fish for their winter food. 165,000 dip net permits were issued last year in the State of Alaska, only Residents can participate and they are VOTING RESIDENTS, please take note.
Another conflict of interest, Roland Maw donated money to Gov. Walkers election campaign. Wow. Guess you can buy the chairmanship of the BOF now.
Another conflict of interest, Roland Maw currently has two lawsuits pending that would grant control of Cook Inlet fishing to the Federal Government, take it away from the control of the State of Alaska. Is that the way we want our Alaskan Residents acting? Snubbing our State for the Federal Government? Aren’t we tired of all the BS the Federal Government has already introduced into our lives? Is this a direct conflict of the interests of the State of Alaska?
Another conflict of interest, Roland Maw currently and for the last few years has worked for ADF&G as a test net boat with his boat, (the America), he is getting paid by the State of Alaska for this work every summer. I understand he has 2 more years of contract to do that work. Wouldn’t that be another conflict of interest?
There are a number of other things that should be considered that should result in Roland Maw not being confirmed to the any position on the BOF.
1) he has lied when he recently stated he is no longer the Executive of UCIDA, however he most recent resume states that very fact.
2) his appointment in any capacity to the BOF would make an imbalance of 4 commercial fishing entities to 2 sport fishing entities and one subsistence vote. There would be an overwhelming advantage and bias toward commercial fishing on our BOF. It would set back our fisheries 30yrs.
3) there is a total breakdown with regards to Roland Maw’s idea of what Alaska’s fisheries management should be and what the rest of the BOF members management policies have been. It would disrupt future BOF meeting working relationships between the current board members. It might result in even more board members resigning. What then?
4) already there is to much influence toward commercial fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula. Just go to the Soldotna ADF&G office and before you go in the front door, look to your right and the door next to it is the door to the office of the Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Assoc., the largest commercial fishery Assoc. in the State of Alaska. Right in the same building!!
In Closing we will be watching how our elected officials handle this confirmation hearing. Keep in mind, the majority of the people who voted in the last elections are not only Alaskan Residents, they are sports fishermen and personal use dip netters. They far out number any commercial fishermen in our state. We live here, most of them don’t. We are here year around, most of them aren’t. We are the true Alaskans. There needs to be without question a fair and balanced Board of Fish. A new nominee who has a sport fishing back ground should be submitted and confirmed to make the board equal and balanced. That is what is fair.