This came from a recent publication I received. I also knew about this from talking with a local biologist who was on the panel.. He informed me he was glad that this happened as he was being asked to take positions he could not defend from a science viewpoint and that Doug V. Lang was wanting to control the flow of information and have records kept by them of everything people said.
That is not how objective and independent science works and so the panel correctly removed the State representatives. They are no longer at the table and so the public in this State has no input to the science that is being conducted. Knowing the individuals who were removed that is a major loss to the citizens of this State. They would have helped make the State have credit with other scientists. As it turns out the leadership of ADF&G continues to fail the citizens of this State with petty politics and control issues.
Two Removed from Cook Inlet Beluga Recovery Science Panel (4/29). Concern over the autonomy of scientists on the Cook Inlet beluga recovery science panel has prompted NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service to remove the two panel members who work for the state of Alaska. The issue arose in January when Commissioner Cora Campbell wrote to NMFS saying despite the terms of reference laid out by NMFS stating scientists must serve on the panel independent of their respective agencies, ADF&G scientists would adhere to department policies and not act independently. Doug Mecum is deputy administrator for NOAA fisheries in Alaska. He says the state’s scientists were taken off the panel last week...
It’s not yet been decided how that participation will be managed. Doug Vincent Lang is the deputy commissioner for the state’s fish and game department and also the endangered species coordinator for the state. He says the decision to remove the state’s scientists is disappointing.