Fishing groups were angered by Gov. Bill Walker's nominee for a spot on the Alaska Board of Fisheries a couple weeks ago. But now those same groups are applauding the Governor.

On Wednesday, Gov. Walker recommended existing board member Alan Cain to fill a second term. This after his previous nominee, Duncan Fields, withdrew his name from consideration.

Executive Director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Ricky Gease, said his group and others opposed Fields, saying he would have upset the balance of fishing groups on the board. 

"It left Anchorage without representation on the Board of Fisheries for the first time since statehood. And it stacked the board with commercial fishing interests," said Gease. 

According to a news release from Gov. Walker, Fields withdrew his name for consideration to allow Cain to serve again. A couple weeks ago, Fields said that he's advocated for all fishing groups, not just commercial fisherman.

According to the Governor's office, Cain has spent more than two decades as an Alaska Wildlife Trooper and a decade as the criminal justice planner for the Department of Fish and Game. Cain has also spent 15 years as a consultant to the Board of Fisheries as an enforcement expert and has served on the board since March 2016. He lives in Anchorage with his family.

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