This week and month provide many chances to add your two cents on state and federal fishery policies – and the links to comment can be found with one stop at the Alaska Fish Radio website.
First off – feedback on shaping an online All Hands on Deck fall meeting for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is welcome by Wednesday, August 12 in a quick survey. ASMI also is seeking committee members.
The deadline to comment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on new dietary guidelines is Thursday, August 13.
Recommendations through 2025 include adding seafood to a baby’s diet as early as six months. Seafood also would be required eating at women/infant/children feeding programs and school lunches. (www.dietaryguidelines.gov)
This Friday, August 14, is the last chance to comment to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game on the draft payout plans for the 2018 Gulf of Alaska cod crash and the Chignik sockeye salmon run failure. Those relief funds total $24.4 million and $10.3 million, respectively.
The public can comment through August 24 on whether the Pebble Mine will or will not violate existing water quality laws.
Before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can authorize a permit allowing Pebble to discharge materials into streams or wetlands, the state Department of Environmental Conservation must certify that it won’t violate existing laws under the Clean Water Act. If DEC does not issue a certification or a waiver, the Corps cannot issue a permit. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Board of Fisheries wants public input on whether its upcoming meetings should be postponed or be held in person or online. The meetings run from October through March and will focus on Prince William Sound, Southeast, hatcheries and statewide shellfish. Deadline to comment is August 31. (www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov )
Finally, a public hearing on Governor Dunleavy’s Fish Board appointments is set for September 3 in Anchorage. Send comments on nominees Abe Williams of Anchorage and McKenzie Mitchell of Fairbanks to Rep. Louise Stutes at email@example.com.