Saturday, March 31, 2012

Johnstone in, Smith out on Board of Fisheries

Gov. Sean Parnell today reappointed Karl Johnstone to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Johnstone currently is board chairman.

The governor named Orville Huntington to replace board member Mike Smith.

Here's a press release from the governor's office.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Huntington will be a great addition to the Board of Fisheries. I support his appointment 100%.

Anonymous said...

Ah, very apparent how the Gov, who was supported heavily by the fishing fleet, feels about our industry, ignoring our favored applicant. This guys just gets better as he goes.

Anonymous said...

Don't know Mr. Huntington, but wish him well. I guess Bob Penney didn't feel it was that important to keep Mr. Smith on the BOF.

Reappointing Mr. Johnstone is a BIG middle finger from the Governor to the commercial fishing fleet here in Alaska. Too bad Parnell didn't send the ethically- challenged Johnstone back to the golf course in Arizona.

I guess we know where Parnell stands...thanks, Gov.!

Anonymous said...

Karl Johnstone's disdain for commercial fishing is pretty evident to those of us who has observed him in action these past three years. Its a stretch to make the case he's even a resident of the State of Alaska to boot, which makes his reappointment a slap in the face to every Alaskan. He's politically connected, for sure, which is apparently all it takes.

Anonymous said...

Here is Herr Penny..err Johnstone at his Lowest

Anonymous said...

Speaking of links, how about this one:,7122185

where the Alaska Judicial Council recommended that Johnstone be removed from the Superior Court bench, back in the day.

Something about lack of integrity and an abundance of arrogance.

Anonymous said...

Yea but that's old news, not at all unlike; the new news?

April Fools! Queen P, King P, what begins with P?

The best;

Per Diem? AT HOME?

Or did you miss his Starring Captain Cook Inlet's emergency session, for clowns in every port.

"Trailers for sale or rent
Rooms to rent for fifty cents
no phone no pool no pets
I ain't got no cigarettes
Ah but two hours of pushing broom
Buys a eight by twelve four bit room
I'm a man of means by no means
King of the Road..."

trouble fishin, lawyerin, judgin, and even drivin home at night?

Anonymous said...

It ain't over 'til its over. Contact your legislator and ask them them not to approve Johnstone to the BOF. Don't just roll over on this, you can make a difference if you give it some effort.

Anonymous said...

Anon@9:43--Nice thought, but it is almost impossible to block confirmation, unfortunately. Especially since Johnstone has a fan-club in several key Anchorage/Mat-Su legislators, plus he has the Kenai River Sportsman Association boys roaming the halls in Juneau spending Bob Penny's money to make sure the votes go the right way.

I was hoping Parnell would do the right thing, and at least put an Alaskan on the BOF.

Anonymous said...

A primary purpose fo the BOF is to create and maintain orderly fisheries in the state, for commercial, sport, guided sport, personal use and subsistence users.

The Governor's office has 70 letters from disgruntled guided anglers from the Tsiu River who were not happy that Mr. Smith caved to processor pressures and asked for reconsideration of a 5-2 vote that created separation between anglers and commercial harvesters on the Tsiu River silver fishery.

Smith and Webster flipped positions after "new" information was presented. New information, found in RC 139 of the SE finfish meeting, included the idea that anglers enjoy fishing with commercial operators on the Tsiu River cause it creates a Deadliest Catch atmosphere...

Oh, and there is a strong market for blush fish...

Except for the fact there videos show a litter line a dead, net marked, male blush fish after an in-river episode of the Deadliest Catch.

Guess there is a market for female blush silvers, but not male blush fish.

That definitely indicates the existence of an orderly fishery.

Anonymous said...

karl johnstone and you get 10 posters

bobbyt used to be pres of ufa and you'd get 50 guys logging on here to bash him.

that's why commercial fishermen suck wind in Alaska.

Anonymous said...

True dat

Anonymous said...

It looks like the anonymous attacks by you Commercial guys just did not work. Johnstone received an enormous amount of support from all across the state by people who recognized what a good job he is doing regardless of whether he spends some of winter outside the state. Hell he must be in his 70's. And he is willing to be on this board! that would be the last place i would want to be with all the thankless work and long hours. And for what: to read the crap who hide under the anonymous title. Leave it you all and soon we would not have to worry who is on the Board, because there simply would not be a harvestable surplus where ever you all were. You would just take it all, wouldn't you? Smith made a big mistake by changing his vote and it likely cost him his seat. But at least in the past he saw through the phony conservation espoused by some of the commercial crowd of which it seems you are members. Better get used to the idea that this board will be fair and balanced and you will not always get your way