Board of Fisheries member resigns

The newest member of the state Board of Fisheries is planning to resign after less than a year on the job.

Anchorage’s Bob Mumford was appointed last spring. In late January, he told board support staff that after two more meetings, he would be done serving on the board. Mumford will serve through the Alaska Peninsula and statewide meetings, scheduled for February and March, and then will be done with that job.

That’ll leave Governor Bill Walker with three seats to fill this spring. Current chair Tom Kluberton’s term expires in June, and he’s said he doesn’t want to serve another term. That’s typically considered a sport fishing seat. Dillingham commercial fisherman Fritz Johnson’s term also expires in June. He told KDLG News last fall that he was interested in continuing his work on the board.

Mumford was appointed to the board last spring, after the governor’s prior pick for the seat was not confirmed by the state Legislature. He was appointed to a seat typically held by someone who represents sport fishing interests, and is a former Wildlife Trooper who has also served on the state Board of Game.

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