Incumbent Alaska Board of Fisheries member Alan Cain, of Anchorage, has been nominated by Gov. Bill Walker to fill a vacancy on the board, in the wake of a decision by Duncan Fields, of Kodiak, to withdraw his name from nomination.
Cain has served on the board for the past two years and had previously intended to end his service on the board with expiration of his first term this summer, but now has decided to seek reappointment.
Fields, an attorney and commercial harvester, and former member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, had been in the running for that seat until his decision at the end of March not to run.
Cain worked for 25 years as an Alaska State Trooper in wildlife enforcement and following that another decade as the criminal justice planner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He currently does contract work for natural resource management agencies, providing law enforcement training, support and services.
Cain has extensive experience with fishery methods, gear and fisheries resources employed by commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence harvesters.
Walker has also nominated for reappointment to the fisheries board Orville Huntington of Huslia, whose term expires on June 30. Huntington is the wildlife and parks director for the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks.
The appointments must be approved by the Alaska Legislature.