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ADF&G Commissioner Announces New Mariculture Coordinator


May 10, 2005

McKie Campbell, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), today announced that Cynthia Pring-Ham has been hired as the department's new Mariculture Coordinator.  Pring-Ham will be managing ADF&G's aquatic farm program and coordinating the department's application review process.  Her hire will be effective May 10.

As Mariculture Coordinator, Pring-Ham will play an instrumental role in promulgating new regulations to implement House Bill 198 ­ legislation recently signed into law that amends the state's Aquatic Farming Act to bring farming operations into compliance with recent court rulings.  As ADF&G undertakes this regulatory process, Pring-Ham will be working closely and cooperatively with representatives of the mariculture industry.

"Under the leadership of Governor Murkowski, ADF&G has already taken a number of steps to change the regulatory and policy arena in which Alaska's mariculture industry operates.  These actions and the hiring of Cynthia are a testament to our strong commitment to advancing this industry," said Commissioner Campbell.  "Cynthia's knowledge of the regulatory process, public outreach experience, and strong biological background make her well-suited for this new role."

For the last 12 years, Pring-Ham has served as an Environment Specialist for the Contaminated Sites Program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, where she drafted program regulations, coordinated the regulatory development process with staff, legal counsel, and the public, and developed and managed federally-funded grants. 

Pring-Ham's past experience includes working as a Biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as a Marine Biologist and Fisheries Biologist in the South Pacific.  Pring-Ham has experience developing conservation and management plans, managing the implementation of marine monitoring programs, and in state permitting.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of Colorado in 1979, and a Master of Science degree in Fishery Biology from the University of Oregon in 1984.  She has been a member of the American Fisheries Society since 1980.


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