New Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Appointed

Art Nelson has been named executive director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, a division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Image: ADF&G.

Fishing industry veteran Art Nelson, who spent years working in the public and private sector of Alaska’s commercial fisheries entities, was appointed as the executive director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries in mid-August.

Nelson fills the vacancy left when the board’s long time executive director, Glenn Haight, was named a commissioner for the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). The CFEC controls entry into Alaska’s commercial fisheries, with a concentration on conservation and the economic health of that industry.

Nelson served on the Board of Fisheries from 2003 to 2007, including two years as board chair. He also has served as a public member of the Anchorage and Northern Norton Sound advisory committees.

Prior to being appointed as executive director of the Board of Fisheries, Nelson was an information officer for the Division of Commercial Fisheries. Before that, he worked for the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, the At-Sea Processors Association, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and the nonprofit tribal consortium Kawerak Inc.

He has also served as a private consultant on issues related to the Western Alaska Community Development Quota program, and as a member of the Advisory Panel to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), chair of the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative, and as a member of the NPFMC’s Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee.