Rachel Baker named ADF&G deputy commissioner

A federal fisheries manager who has spent the past 15 experience working on state and federal seafood issues will join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Feb. 1 as the agency’s new deputy commissioner.

Appointee Rachael S. Baker had worked with the council since 2003, first with the extended jurisdiction division of ADF&G, and since 2008 with National Marine Fisheries Service. In December, before her transition to NMFS headquarters to lead that agency’s Sustainable Fisheries Management and Coordination branch, she was recognized by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for her work with the council.

As deputy commissioner, she will represent the state in federal fisheries management issues, including ADF&G on the federal council. She is also charged with coordinating state and federal fisheries policies and management programs for the benefit of the state and coastal communities.

Also announced on Jan. 11 was the appointment of Rachel Hanke as the agency’s legislative liaison. Hanke joined the agency earlier in January. Prior to that she worked in the Legislature for five years, including as staff to Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, and former Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna.