|Mary Price with a Dolly Varden char on Long Lake, Alaska. Photo credit: Steve Klein/USFWS|
Mary Price, a fisheries biologist in the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program in our Alaska Region, is a champion for getting money on the ground for sportsmen and -women in Alaska. She manages 41 Sport Fish Restoration grants totaling nearly $75 million to fund 179 projects in Alaska, including fisheries research, surveys, boating and fishing access, and aquatic education. These grants are used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to maintain healthy populations and provide some of the best and most diverse fishing opportunities in the world.
5 Questions for Mary
1. Do you hunt/fish and if so what?
I have fished since I was a toddler on family camping trips. I have participated in many kinds of sport fisheries, but with a focus on cold water species in the flowing waters of creeks and rivers. One of my favorites is rainbow trout fishing in wade-able creeks.
I started hunting when I moved to Alaska in 1993. I was self-motivated to get into hunting, as it seemed like the Alaskan thing to do. I lived in a remote town when I first moved to Alaska, and the game meat was a much healthier and economical alternative to store-bought. I hunted caribou, Dall sheep, ptarmigan, and ducks and geese. I don’t hunt often these days, but I will always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences I had.