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

Participants can testify by calling in to 844-586-9085. Further information on testifying before the Alaska Legislative Committees is online at

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

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.