Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting, 2017                                               Credit: AK Journal of Commerce         

 

The state Board of Fisheries is organizing the lineup for its upcoming meeting cycle that will include Lower and Upper Cook Inlet, Kodiak and statewide crab and supplemental issues.

Anyone wanting the board to consider a fish issue from other regions can submit an Agenda Change Request through August 26.

“The board recognizes that some of the other subjects that are important that aren’t in cycle so the agenda change request is an opportunity for the public to submit proposals to the board to review at its work session.”

Glenn Haight is the fish board’s executive director –

“ If someone submitted an ACR to us this year for Lower Cook Inlet we would not accept it because it is an in cycle subject. It would need to be for Prince William Sound or Southeast or Bristol Bay because they are out of cycle. So the purpose is to be able to pull in those out of cycle issues that are more critical.”

 

The agenda requests must fall under one of three criteria to be considered.

“Is the request for a fishery conservation purpose or reason, if it is to correct an error in regulation, or is it to correct an effect on a fishery that was unforeseen when the regulation was adopted.”

Haight says the board avoids requests that deal with out of cycle allocation disputes

“It does ask the question if it’s highly allocative and if it is it leans away from accepting that request.”

The board will consider the agenda change requests at its work session, October 23 and 24 in Anchorage.

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That’s followed by Lower Cook Inlet issues in December, Kodiak in January, Upper Cook Inlet in February and statewide crab and supplemental issues in March when the agenda changes are typically taken up.

Haight says the short training sessions on how to get the most out of the fish board meetings will again be offered during the first day during lunch.

“It’s an informal overview of the board meeting and how it flows and things that folks can think about in order to do well or feel better about the board meeting.”

The Board of Fisheries includes seven members who set policy for Alaska’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries and management is based on their decisions.

Haight says the book listing all the BOF proposals for the upcoming regions will be out soon.

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