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Administration looks to fill CFEC vacancy

The governor is looking for a third member of the state's Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

Governor Bill Walker is looking for another person to serve on the state’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission after a year-long vacancy.

The commission has had two members since the state Legislature voted not to confirm his last nominee in April 2015.

Operations at the commission have been up for discussion in the past several years, with multiple reports recommending some changes and an administrative order issued in February that moved some functions of the commission over to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

A spokeswoman for the governor said he waited to begin filling the vacancy until now to see how that administrative order played out. There’s no set timeline for filling the vacancy, said spokeswoman Katie Marquette.

The commission decides who get permits when participation in a fishery is limited, and the commissioners are responsible for hearing appeals of those decisions, among other duties.

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