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PUBLISHED: 4:35 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Alaska Department of Fish and Game appoints Swanton as director
Commissioner Denby Lloyd announced the appointment of Charlie Swanton as Director of the Division of Sport Fish for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Currently, Swanton is the Southeast Regional Supervisor for Sport Fish with the Department.

"Charlie brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the Director's job," said Commissioner Lloyd in announcing the appointment. "He has worked all over Alaska, and he's dedicated and enthusiastic about creating sport fishing opportunities for all Alaskans."

Swanton earned degrees from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Washington. He began his career with ADF&G in various research positions with the Division of Commercial Fisheries, but more recently has been the regional management supervisor and Southeast Regional Supervisor with the Division of Sport Fish. Charlie's career has given him exposure to fisheries in the Chignik and Kodiak areas, throughout the broad Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region based out of Fairbanks, and in Southeast Alaska.

"I'm extremely pleased that Charlie agreed to bring his skills and intelligence to this important position," Lloyd said. Swanton's first official day as Sport Fish Director will be August 13th.

Swanton replaces outgoing Sport Fish Director Kelly Hepler, who served in that role for seven years. Hepler leaves the job after a distinguished 28-year career at ADF&G.

The Division of Sport Fish is responsible for fisheries stock assessment and management, development of public access for sport fishing and boating, hatcheries, and planning, information and education services. The division employs more than 400 full-time and seasonal employees and has an annual budget of more than $40 million.

Lloyd today also appointed Doug Larsen as Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation for the ADF&G. Currently, Larsen is the Southeast Regional Supervisor for the Division, working out of the Douglas office.

"I am extremely pleased that Doug has chosen to step up and lead the Wildlife Division," said Commissioner Lloyd in announcing the appointment. "His broad experience, his expertise and his enthusiasm for game management in Alaska will serve the Division well."

Larsen holds degrees from the University of Idaho and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He served with the Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and, since 1984, in various positions around the state with the Division of Wildlife Conservation. Most recently, Doug served five years as the Division's Assistant Director and four years as the Southeast Regional Supervisor.

Larsen replaces outgoing Wildlife Conservation Director Matt Robus, who served in that role for four and a half years. Robus leaves the Department after a distinguished 26-year career at ADF&G. "Matt will certainly be missed," Lloyd said. "But I'm confident that Doug will ably carry on our state's legacy of world-class wildlife management, providing some of the best opportunities for hunting and wildlife viewing anywhere." Larsen's first day as Division Director will be August 17th.

The Division of Wildlife Conservation is responsible for Alaska's wildlife stock assessment and management, development of public access for hunting, intensive management programs, and planning, information and education services. The Division employs more than 160 full-time and seasonal employees and has an annual budget of more than $20 million.


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