We lost a great one when we lost Kevin Monagle, the Juneau Area Regional Management Biologist.
There are 3 major memorials we are working on in Kevin's memory. SEAS members, along with incoming Pacific Salmon Commission Alternate Commissioner and United Southeast Gillnetters Association (of which Bill Thomas is not a member) President Bill Auger, have graciously pitched in to assist with these memorials for us to be assisted in our grieving these past weeks and the future months and years. Bill Auger has assisted in the first 2 memorials. We have not asked for his assistance in #3 for reasons that will become obvious as you read this:
1. A room at the Alaska Fishermen's Building in memory of Kevin. Kevin's desk stuff, assorted pictures and memorabilia will be on permanent display.
2. A tower at the Eaglecrest Ski Area will be on permanent display in memory of Kevin
It is described IN LOVING MEMORY OF KEVIN MONAGLE with the ADFG logo attached.
3. Here is the tough one. And you can only help if you live in House District 34, which is Angoon, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Sitka, Criag, Klawock, Metlakatla, Haines, Pelican, Port Armstrong, Yakutat.
Kevin Monagle had been threatened by Bill Thomas with his job and the ADFG budget over his management of the Chatham Strait fishery to such an extent that there was a standing request that Bill Thomas not be allowed to attend his memorial service.
SEAS is doing everything in our power to assist those who would help us rid the legislature of such self-centered bullying and unethical activity that some have asserted borders on illegal acts while in office. After all, these were not assertions made by a non-financial participant. Bill Thomas has a 1/3 of a million dollar gillnet operation and he cajoled, bullied and threatened Kevin Monagle while Kevin held the job at ADFG. His conflict of interest is so great that if he were in the oil industry, this guy would likely be in jail right now.
A vote against Bill Thomas is a vote for ethical treatment of ADFG public servants and certainly a vote for Kevin Monagle
Following is the Eulogy that SEAS Executive Director spoke at Kevin's funeral service in September.