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Fish Board plans to streamline proposal process

May 11, 2016              Meeting cartoon

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The Fish Board aims to streamline the way it reviews proposals. More after this —

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The Board of Fisheries takes on 400-500 regulation change proposals every meeting cycle and it could vote this month to streamline the process.  The seven member board oversees commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries, and state management is based on their decisions. During a May 24 teleconference, the board could vote to deal with some proposals in a more timely way.

 Some of the effort with the proposal review process is to see if there is a way to speed up the deliberation process on certain proposals at board meetings.

Glenn Haight is Board of Fisheries Director.  In the face of tightening budgets, time is money. He says the board is looking at quicker ways to deal with technical proposals, often submitted by fishery managers.

Things like marker identifications – rather than the old stump that’s down by the point across the bluff as an identifier they might use GPS. Those kinds of things get introduced, they’re reported on before meetings, and they are discussed in committee…It would be an attempt to streamline that.  

Haight says the Fish Board could vote on a ‘consent agenda concept’ for those kinds of technical proposals, commonly used by local governments.

Where there’s just some things that are fairly pro forma, that aren’t’ terribly controversial. The board would try and identify those things in advance and make those known, and if it didn’t seem that any of those proposals raised concern, the board could take them under consent agenda and vote them all in the affirmative at one time. It’s hard to say it would save a ton of money but it would allow more time perhaps for the more substantive proposals to get worked on.  

The seven member Board of Fisheries oversees commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries,  and state management is based on their decisions.  So far the Fish Board budget of $1.6 million  is the same level as last year, although the Legislature has yet to sign off on any budget.

The May 24 teleconference is listen only, but the public can comment on the revised proposal process through May 20th.

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