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Putman Appointed to Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission


December 01, 2017
Friday AM

(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska - Thursday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of V. Fate Putman to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Putman will fill the seat on December 1st being vacated by Benjamin Brown. Putman will serve the remainder of Brown’s term, which expires March 3, 2019.

jpg Putman Appointed to Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) has drawn criticism in recent years for a backlog of permit adjudications and perceived lack of direction. The recent resignation of three employees has sparked concerns about possible delays in processing commercial fishing licenses.

"Fate’s stable leadership, conscientious nature, and reasonable voice will be an asset to the commission,” Governor Walker said. “I am confident he will be a great addition to the CFEC team, which has worked hard to support the economic health of Alaska’s commercial fisheries.”

Putman has worked as a commercial fishing deckhand, commercial fish buyer, and currently as a setnet fisherman in the Kasilof Personal Use Fishery. He has extensive experience in Alaska’s commercial fisheries, holds a law degree from California Western School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Western Washington University. He currently lives in Juneau, Alaska and works in private practice.

“I am very pleased with Governor Walker’s choice of Fate as an appointee to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission,” said Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), Chair of the House Fisheries Committee. “Fate has a great reputation and extensive experience in the commercial fishing industry. I believe his leadership qualities and work ethic are just what the commission needs to get back on track.”

Putman's appointment will be subject to legislative approval this coming session.


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Office of Governor Bill Walker

Office of Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak)



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