The state Board of Fisheries has a packed early line up when it meets for five days next month in Anchorage.

This year’s meeting cycle focuses on fisheries at Chignik, Bristol Bay, the Alaska Peninsula and the Bering Sea but others also are on the list – notably hatcheries.

Some stakeholders believe increased numbers of hatchery fish pose a risk to wild salmon stocks and a major study is underway.  On October 16, the Fish Board has scheduled an open meeting on the subject.  Glenn Haight is board director.

“They’ll talk about regulatory structures and the permitting process, provide an overview of the hatchery and wild salmon interaction study that they are doing and the board will then  open the discussion to the public and there is not a lot of structure to that.” 

On the 17th the board will meet jointly with the North Pacific Council to discuss mutual issues of concern in state and federal waters. One issue is developing a management plan for Cook Inlet salmon in federal waters;  another is management of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska.

“Chinook has been a big deal particularly as it is related to Southeast stocks and some of the things that Alaska’s fishery managers and all users have been going through to try and protect those stocks.”

On October 18 and 19 the Fish Board will address Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea cod fisheries.  Haight says there are several proposals asking to increase state water cod catches there.

“We had planned on taking up the subject of cod at the regular meetings but most people who fish will be fishing and can’t attend scheduled meetings. So we’ve moved all the P-cod meetings to October. And given the declines in abundance in the Bering Sea, they are concerned about it.”

The Board of Fisheries sets policy for managing Alaska’s subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use fisheries in waters out to three miles.

You can tune in live to all of the Fish Board meetings –

 NEW DATES!         Nov. 18-20, Seattle