An election was held for five seats on the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee on Wednesday during a regular meeting that took place at the Ruth Barnett Sport Fish Hatchery.

About 30 members of the public showed up to vote for their preferred candidates, who were running for three seats that became vacant while two members were up for reelection.

Committee members Chuck Derrick and Jeff Lucas were both reelected to serve three-year terms.

One of the vacant seats was held by Al Barrette, who had to recuse himself from serving because he has been appointed to the Board of Game by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

According to committee vice-chair Mark Richards, “the AC expressed sorrow at losing Mr. Barrette and his knowledge and experience on the AC but congratulations on being appointed to the Board of Game, where they are confident he will well represent hunters and wildlife conservation.” 

The other two seats were left vacant after committee members moved away from Fairbanks. 

The three new seats went to Gale Vick, who has been involved in fisheries issues for nearly 50 years; Mike Kramer, who has previously served on the committee and who will now chair the fisheries subcommittee; and Mark Oppe, a Fairbanks resident who has hunted across the state and ran because he wants his children to have the same hunting opportunities that he’s had.

Virgil Umphenour, a former chair of the committee, was elected to an alternate seat.

The Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month. 

Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.

Correction: This article originally incorrectly cited Mark Richard's position on the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee, and has since been updated.

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