Local News

Retired biologist takes wheel at PVOA

The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association has hired a retired fishery scientist as its new Executive Director. Brian Lynch will take over the high-profile position this fall. He’ll replace outgoing director Julianne Curry who served in the post for the past six years. Curry announced her decision to move on last spring.

Lynch retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the summer of 2010 after nearly three decades in state fisheries research and management in Petersburg. He worked extensively on Pacific Salmon Treaty issues and spent his last nine years in the job as the biologist in charge of the region’s troll fishery. He also helped manage herring and dive fisheries.

Brian Lynch. KFSK file photo.

PVOA is Petersburg’s main commercial fishing group and has about 120 members. It’s prominent statewide as an advocate for the industry in general and the southeast fleet in particular. The association is extensively involved in state, national and international fishery management from the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to The International Halibut Commission.

Lynch told Matt Lichtenstein he was excited about the work:

Brian Lynch takes over as Executive Director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association in October.

Recent News

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass

IMG_3158
Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district. more

Lohr opens art show at Petersburg’s museum

alohrwallart
Artist Ashley Lohr Friday, May 22 opens a new exhibit of paintings and collage at the Clausen Museum in Petersburg. Lohr this year is finishing up a master’s program in fine art through the Maryland Institute College of Art. more