Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has approved the nomination of acting commissioner of Fish and Game Sam Cotten as the head of the agency.
Cotten, a veteran commercial fisherman, is a former member of the Alaska Legislature and Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives. He has served on numerous fisheries boards, including the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. He has also been an advisor in fisheries negotiations between the United States and the USSR. He has served for the past two months as acting commissioner of Fish and Game. He was nominated by the Alaska Boards of Fish and Game and Walker subsequently approved the nomination. The appointment still requires legislative approval.
Cotten’s years of involvement in fish issues give him the depth that we need to ensure we follow our constitutional mandate of sustained yield,” Walker said.