New year begins with big line up of fish meetings
January 5, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – The new year begins with a big line up of meetings. More after this –
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Fishing runs in cycles and so do the meetings that affect fishing lives. This January is especially busy: the state Board of Fish meets Jan. 12-16 in Fairbanks. The focus there is fisheries in the Arctic Yukon and Kuskokwim regions.
Then, on Sunday, Jan. 17 the joint boards of Fish and Game will meet in Fairbanks to hear more budget cutting ideas for both them and the state agencies involved with their work. It’s a follow up to a daylong listening session in Anchorage last month. All board meetings will be streamed live on the web.
How to reverse the trend of Alaskans losing access to fisheries is the focus of a two day workshop on Jan. 12-13 in Anchorage. It’s a Sea Grant event called Fisheries Access for Alaska – Charting the Future.
On Jan. 19 the Alaska Legislature convenes in Juneau for a tough, belt tightening 90 day session.
Then, just as Alaska lawmakers get settled in, the year’s biggest halibut gathering will arrive in town. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is holding its annual meeting in Juneau this year, from Jan. 25 through 29.
Alaska Sea Grant’s Sixth Young Fishermen’s Summit also will be underway. Along with networking and mentorship, people just beginning their fishing careers will see firsthand all of these policy makers in action.
We’ll set up meetings with our attendees so they can meet their legislators and others and learn how the legislature intersects with the fishing industry …there will be an optional session for those people who fish halibut and want to really learn how the halibut commission process works.4
Sunny Rice is a Sea Grant Marine Advisor at Petersburg and Summit co-organizer, which has grown from two to three days. Sessions include financing, marketing, a mock Board of Fish meeting and new this year – boat maintenance. The Young Fishermen’s Summit is Jan. 27-29 at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau. Draft Agenda – Register
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