Craig Cross, long-time fixture in the Council process, participated in his last meeting as a Councilmember after having served the limited 3 terms. Mr. Cross brought decades of personal experience in many of the fisheries and programs the Council manages. Craig became active on the Council’s Advisory Panel in 1996 and served for 16 years and an industry representative before being appointed to the Council. Mr. Cross drafted some “lessons learned” from his years in the Council process:
- Nothing in this process is by accident.
- It seems you always have to pick a side, even if you don’t want to.
- Not everyone thinks a large catcher processor is cool.
- It does matter where you live and where your company is based.
- Fishermen and captains are wise and know a lot, but not everything.
- Captains and fishermen are right about young fishery biologists.
- What is a valueless fish today, may be a treasure tomorrow, so treat them as such.
- It takes 6 votes at the Council.
- Don’t try to show up staff or catch them in a mistake, you will need their help next time.
- Being earnest, sincere and respectful, will take you a long way in this process.
Thank you Craig, for your dedication to Alaska’s fisheries, and the people involved in them.