Kodiak resident and environmentalist has been appointed to a newly created task
force to consider northern water issues.
school teacher and fisherman, charter vessel operator Dave Kubiak, was
appointed to the Northern Waters Task Force by Senate President Gary Stevens.
Stevens is also Kodiak's state senator who represents Kodiak and parts of the Kenai Peninsula.
11-member task force was created by the legislature this year. It is comprised
of local, state, and federal officials from Alaska's coast regions. The task force will
facilitate the creation of a joint federal and state entity to coordinate U.S. and Alaska
interests that result from the warming of Arctic waters.
expected to be addressed include fishing, transportation through the pole
regions, national security issues, and resource development in the newly
accessible Arctic regions.
In a press
release, House Speaker Mike Chenault said that creation of the task force
allows the legislature to bring in regional leaders from all aspects of
government to work with residents, businesses and interests in the Arctic
region. It is a way to give all areas a voice and a stake in the outcome as various
state and federal agencies bring forward policies addressing the newly opening
will hold public meetings in areas feeling impacts of warming waters first-hand
and make recommendations to the legislature in January 2012.