Pat Johanson

In their own words: NSEDC Nome incumbent Pat Johanson

Nome NSEDC Representative, four-year term


Incumbent Pat Johanson

NN: Please outline why you want to re-run for the Nome seat on the NSEDC board. 

Pat Johanson: I’m running for re-election in hopes to continue to keep local fishermen working and fishing longer into the summer, to bring in more jobs at the fish plant and to find a way to help our education system keep our kids and teachers here in Nome.


NN: Describe your experience in fisheries in Norton Sound and highlight what changes you would like to see at NSEDC. 

Pat Johanson: My fishing experience is all subsistence and primarily on the Pilgrim River fishing red salmon.  On the commercial side I would like to see additional halibut and salmon caught and processed in Nome.  On the subsistence side I would like to see more of a king and silver salmon run to help fill freezers. Also we need to bring back the tom cod derby!   


 NN: What do you identify as the most pressing issues for NSEDC and how do you propose to solve them? 

Pat Johanson: Climate change and its effects on our fishery: pollock as far north as St Lawrence island, cod ten miles off shore, a sight that was rare ten years ago, this is something we need to monitor and continue to adapt. Local hire: I think we need to train more of our own to address the growing needs in our region.  Education: We need to find a way to assist our regional school system so we can keep our students and teachers in region, this is our (NSEDC’s) future work force.


The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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