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Moreland Named to Pacific Salmon Commission

August 12, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell announced today that the U.S. Department of State has confirmed his nomination of Stefanie Moreland as Alaska’s representative to the Pacific Salmon Commission.

Moreland was recently appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). She previously served as a special assistant for fish, wildlife, ocean, and Arctic policy in the Office of the Governor, as a fisheries staffer for Senator Lisa Murkowski, and as an economist for both ADF&G and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Moreland fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving Pacific Salmon Commissioner David Bedford.

The Pacific Salmon Commission implements the treaty between Canada and the United States that provides for the international conservation and harvest sharing of Pacific salmon. The Pacific Salmon Treaty is of critical importance to Southeast Alaska commercial salmon fishermen, sport anglers, and support industries. ADF&G commits substantial capacity to effectively engage in the Pacific Salmon Commission process.

“In her new role, Stefanie joins the exceptional and dedicated group of fisheries biologists and industry representatives who protect Alaska’s interests in the Pacific Salmon Commission process,” said Governor Parnell. “In addition to her Pacific Salmon Commission duties, Stefanie will retain her role as lead for the administration on Arctic and ocean policy, and continue to be part of the team providing me with policy advice on fish and game issues.”

The governor has appointed Ben Mohr to serve as a special assistant with a portfolio that includes fish and game, as well as access issues for hunters, fishermen and non-consumptive users. Mohr’s focus will be on outreach to constituents and coordinating across departments on issues such as land access. He will add capacity to the team that includes ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell, Deputy Commissioner Moreland, and other senior department and Governor’s Office staff to advise on fisheries, wildlife, and land access matters.

“I am committed to having the strongest possible team working on fish and game issues,” Governor Parnell added.

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