Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council
Natural Resources
Executive Order 2005/0008
12 times per year
3 years
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Active
Wilson, Roger
801-538-4760


Bird, Darin G.


The Council shall have no more than 13 members, appointed by the Governor to a term of three years, and shall be comprised of

(a) two members representing organized cold-water fishing interests
(b) two members representing organized warm-water fishing interests
(c) one member representing the commercial fishing industry
(d) one member representing each of the five regions of the Division of Wildlife Resources
(e) three at-large members representing general fishing interests
(f) An ex-officio non-voting representative from the Division of Wildlife Resources shall serve as executive secretary to the Council.

Entire Executive Order:
WHEREAS, Utah is home to a wide array of pristine fisheries located throughout the State;
WHEREAS, these fisheries attract tourists from outside Utah as well as within;
WHEREAS, the resultant tourism dollars represent a significant factor in rural and urban economies;
WHEREAS, the states surrounding Utah are also home to a variety of pristine fisheries with which Utah competes to attract tourists;
WHEREAS, pristine fisheries contribute to our quality of life; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to enhance, protect and promote the fisheries of our State for economic as well as recreational benefit;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Governor of the State of Utah, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws and Constitution of the State of Utah, hereby order the following:

1. There is created the Blue Ribbon Fisheries Advisory Council.
2. The Council shall have no more than 13 members, appointed by the Governor to a term of three years, and shall be comprised of two members representing organized cold-water fishing interests, two members representing organized warm-water fishing interests, one member representing the commercial fishing industry, one member representing each of the five regions of the Division of Wildlife Resources, and three at-large members representing general fishing interests. An ex-officio non-voting representative from the Division.
3. The Council shall:
a. Identify fisheries throughout the State to be designated as 'Blue Ribbon Fisheries.'
b. Make recommendations as to the enhancement of the fishing ecosystems and aesthetic values of such 'Blue Ribbon Fisheries.'
c. Make recommendations as to the protection of 'Blue Ribbon Fisheries' through collaboration with government agencies and private groups.
d. Make recommendations as to the promotion of 'Blue Ribbon Fisheries' to attract tourists from within and outside the State.
4. The Council shall meet as often as necessary to perform its duties, and shall meet at least quarterly.
5. Council members shall serve without per diem or expenses.
6. A majority of the Council constitutes a quorum for meeting and voting purposes.

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Positions
Board member Type Qualification Original Appointment Current Appointment Expiration
Behunin, Dave Member (d) Southeastern Region Rep. 7/1/2018 07/01/2018 6/30/2021
Birdsey, Maegan R. Member (c) Commercial Fishing Representative 1/1/2019 01/01/2019 12/31/2021
Clark, Tyler Member (b) Warm-water Representative 7/1/2018 07/01/2018 6/30/2021
Finch, Larry A. Member (e) At-Large Rep. 2/12/2020 02/12/2020 2/12/2023
Infanger, Rex Member (b) Warm-water Representative 7/1/2017 07/01/2017 6/30/2020
Kurtz, Ben Member (d) Northeastern Region Representative 1/1/2019 01/01/2019 12/31/2021
Ley, Bert Member (a) Coldwater Representative 6/4/2015 07/01/2018 6/30/2021
Nichols, Patrick Member (a) Coldwater Representative 7/1/2017 07/01/2017 6/30/2020
Oplinger, Randy Member (f) designee for Director of Wildlife Resources 7/1/2016 07/01/2016 N/A
Strong, Ken Member (d) Central Region Representative 6/4/2015 07/01/2018 6/30/2021
Tsakalos, T.J. Member (e) At-Large Representative 12/20/2019 12/20/2019 12/31/2022
Wagner, Kim Member (e) At-Large Representative 7/1/2017 07/01/2017 6/30/2020
Weekley, George Member (e) At-Large Representative 6/4/2015 07/01/2018 6/30/2021