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Board of Directors

Tom Ohaus, President

 

Tom Ohaus is the co-owner of Angling Unlimited which operates 8 boats and two lodge buildings. The business was founded in 1988 and, since 1995, has operated independently in Sitka where Tom and his family live part of the year and are active in the community.

Tom began fishing in the polluted waters of New Jersey just after he began walking. Since that time he has been absent without leave from the “real world” and forever present on the water somewhere having fished extensively in the Atlantic and Pacific, from the tropics to here at home in Alaska.1

Captain Ohaus has been running guided trips on the North Pacific for over 20 years, logging over 2000 days in pursuit of salmon and halibut. He has a B.S. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Washington and will talk your ear off on any subject related to our finny friends. Tom is a big believer in light tackle and in conservation based fishing.

Russell Thomas, Vice-President

Russell Thomas, born and raised in Ketchikan, is the manager of Clover Pass Resort, one of three Ketchikan properties owned and operated by Alaska Sport Fishing Expeditions.

Russell knows the hospitality industry having worked his way up through his family’s hotel business from housekeeper to desk clerk to bookkeeper. After a family decision to cater exclusively to sport fishing men and women he left college to manage the Cedars Lodge for a few years before taking over as General Manager. In 2003 Russell handed the GM reigns at The Cedars Lodge to his younger brother, Rod, in order to assume management responsibilities at Clover Pass.

Russell, his wife Leah, and their four children live year-round In Ketchikan, where he is an active community member, serving for the last seven years on the Ketchikan School Board, two of those years as its President. Russell also serves as the sport fishing representative on the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Panel, which advises United States Commissioners on salmon-related Issues.

Stan Malcolm, Board Member
Seth Bone, Board Member

Seth Bone is a lifelong resident of Sitka.

Following several seasons as a commercial long-line and troll deckhand, Seth was able to purchase his first charter boat, the Kingfisher, in 1991. For more than 17 years, he has owned and operated Kingfisher Charters based in Sitka. Seth’s thriving sport fishing operation currently features a lodge and charter bookings for local boat owner/operators.

Seth has been an active participant in the greater fishery management process since 1997. He has been a member of several Council committees, including the Charter IFQ committee, the Charter GHL committee, and the Charter Halibut Stakeholder committee. On the Alaska State management side, he was a member of the King Salmon Management task force and the State Guide Licensing task force.

Seth’s hobbies include fishing (of course), hunting, hiking and camping in the wilderness surrounding Sitka.

Larry West, Board Member

Larry West began working summers in Southeast Alaska in 1990. In 1997 he moved to Haines from the Pacific Northwest, then moved to Juneau in 2002. His work in Alaska has included guiding, trip management, and municipal tourism administration, as well as administrative leadership, fund development and communications in the nonprofit sector. He is currently Chief Naturalist for The Boat Company, a nonprofit, multi-day cruise program that is unique in offering guests of its two small vessels daily opportunities to fish for salmon and halibut. For over 35 years the company has also been committed to conserving the Tongass National Forest’s natural resources and wilderness values. Larry is currently on the board of the Cape Decision Lighthouse Society, and has also served on several boards relevant to his service to SEAGO, including the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association, the Southeast Alaska Tourism Council, and Discovery Southeast.

 

Board Composition

SEAGO’s board consists of a minimum of 6 seats with a maximum of 13 with the intent to have two from each area of Southeast Alaska; Northern outside and inside, Central outside and inside, Southern outside and inside. If the seats cannot be filled in accordance with this, members will be appointed as “at-large” members. 

The board represents the interests and concerns of all regions and guided sport business models in Southeast Alaska.