quite a year just past for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, a non-profit
group that works for the health of the oceans, small boat fishermen and the
communities they live in. In mid summer it was revealed that AMCC was the
victim of embezzlement. Dave Kubiak, a Kodiak fisherman, is the
chairman of AMCC.
-- (AMCC 1 57 sec "You
know, AMCC operates ... a trusted member.")
the embezzlement is Travis Robinson, age 36 of Anchorage. He remains at large.
Kubiak says between 80,000- and 110,000-dollars was charged on company credit
cards and taken from petty cash. He said it's been a struggle for the small
organization to get the charges reversed through the credit card companies, and
speculates that even if the perpetrator was brought to justice, AMCC will never
recoup all of the losses.
the entire staff had to be furloughed while volunteers filled in. He says
contributors and supporters have helped sustain the organization in the
aftermath of the ordeal:
-- (AMCC 2 44 sec "There
was a tiny minority ... ever happen again.")
Kelly Harrell will take over from Dorothy Childers as the executive director. Kubiak
says Childers is happy to return to the program director position she had
before taking over as the interim director in May. Change in command is just
one of many items on AMCC's agenda for the new year:
-- (AMCC 3 36 sec "Well,
we'll continue to work ... lots of things to do.")
AMCC will continue to work on building awareness of ocean acidification and
other environmental threats to the marine ecosystem and fishing:
-- (AMCC 4 50 sec "The
whole cap-and-trade ... by watching the media.")
Marine Conservation Council is based in Anchorage, but has board members in
coastal Alaska from Petersburg to Dillingham.