During an executive session teleconference on January 5th, BBRSDA board members unanimously selected Lange Solberg to serve in the Seat D position most recently held by Matt Luck. During that meeting the board considered letters from four S03T permit holders who expressed interest in serving out the Seat D term, which is reserved for members not living in Alaska.
“We want to sincerely thank everyone who sent us a letter for their willingness to serve,” said board chairman Robert Heyano. “They were very high quality candidates, so this was not an easy call, but at the end of the day we were unanimous in supporting Lange.”
Solberg was born and raised in Bellingham, and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in International Business. He has worked in commercial marine sales for five years and brings fourteen years of experience fishing in Bristol Bay, complemented by two generations of Norwegian fishing lineage going back to the Bay’s sailboat days.
If you who attend Pacific Marine Expo you will recognize Lange from the LFS booth, and those of you with gray hair may know his father, Reidar Solberg, a long-time Bay fisherman and fisheries advocate.
Lange recently reinvested in the Bay with his purchase of a new boat. He finds it an exciting transition to move from deckhand to skipper and small business owner. The BBRSDA board and staff welcome Lange and look forward to working with him to support the Bristol Bay fishery and its habitats, improve the quality of its harvests, and develop marketing programs that reinforce the success of the fleet.