Fish Radio

New CommFish director, lots of fish meetings

October 21, 2015

Scott Kelley of Juneau is new Commercial Fisheries Director. Fishing for rooster fish off of Mexico

Scott Kelley of Juneau is new Commercial Fisheries Director. Fishing for rooster fish off Mexico

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A new fisheries director and lots of fish meetings to track. More after this —

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Scott Kelley of Juneau has been named as the new Director of the Commercial Fisheries Division, replacing Jeff Regnart who resigned earlier this month. Kelley is a 25 year Fish and Game veteran, most recently as coordinator for shellfish and groundfish fisheries in Southeast Alaska.

Kelley is already on the job, representing the state at the Board of Fisheries two day work session going on through today in Anchorage. The Board is reviewing 15 agenda change requests, nearly half   targeting Cook Inlet salmon.  The Fish Board will take up 215 proposals during its meeting cycle that gets underway next month. The focus is on fisheries at the Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay and AYK (Arctic / Yukon / Kuskokwim) regions.

If you want to know the latest trends in promoting and selling Alaska seafood around the world, stop by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s All Hands meetings running through Friday, October 23, in Anchorage. Free call in numbers are available for distance listening.

 United Fishermen of Alaska is holding a board meeting October 27 through 29 in Petersburg. UFA also is seeking a new executive director to replace Julianne Curry who is stepping down. UFA is the nation’s largest commercial fishing trade group, representing 35 member groups.

Turning to halibut – This Friday is the last day to provide letters of support for your choice to sit on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Eleven Alaskans are vying for one US seat. The public also can submit proposals for halibut regulation changes by October 31. The IPHC’s interim meeting is December 1-2 in Seattle, where the industry will get a first peek at potential halibut catches for next year. The IPHC will hold its annual meeting in late January in Juneau.

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