FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2017
Kodiak – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of V. Fate Putman to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Putman will fill the seat being vacated by Benjamin Brown. Putman will serve the remainder of Brown’s term, which expires in early March of 2019.
“I am very pleased with Governor Walker’s choice of Fate as an appointee to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission,” said Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), Chair of the House Fisheries Committee. “Fate has a great reputation and extensive experience in the commercial fishing industry. I believe his leadership qualities and work ethic are just what the commission needs to get back on track.”
The CFEC has drawn criticism in recent years for a backlog of permit adjudications and perceived lack of direction. The recent resignation of three employees has sparked concerns about possible delays in processing commercial fishing licenses.
Fate Putman has extensive experience in Alaska’s commercial fisheries, holds a law degree from California Western School of Law, and lives in Juneau. The appointment will be subject to legislative approval this coming session.
For more information, please contact Rep. Stute’s office at (907) 465-3271.