Senate committee to hear public testimony on Board of Fisheries

The Alaska Senate Resources Committee is hearing public testimony Monday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. regarding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s appointees to the Board of Fisheries.

The public can testify at the hearing, which will be broadcast on www.akleg.gov.

Participants can testify by calling in to 844-586-9085. Further information on testifying before the Alaska Legislative Committees is online at http://akleg.gov/pages/testify.php.

Those wishing to testify at this confirmation hearing are advised to call in five-10 minutes ahead of time. The public may also contact individual legislators by email or by sending a message via https://www.akleg.gov/poms/.

The appointees, whom the Legislature must choose whether to confirm, include:

  • John Jensen, a commercial fisherman from Petersburg and Board of Fisheries member since 2003. Jensen also serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
  • McKenzie Mitchell teaches at University of Alaska Fairbanks and has a background in the sport fishing lodge industry. She was appointed by the governor in 2020.
  • Märit Carlson-Van Dort, the current board chair, was first appointed in 2019. Carlson-Van Dort fished for salmon in the Chignik region for over 10 years and worked for Pebble Partnership for five years.
  • Abe Williams, a Bristol Bay salmon fisherman, is the current director of regional affairs for Pebble Partnership. Williams was first appointed to the board in 2020.
  • John Wood was first appointed to the Board of Fisheries in 2019. Wood is a former legislative aide to then-Senator Mike Dunleavy and is currently contracted by the state reporting directly to the governor.