Make BOF agenda change requests by August 18

Advisory committees and the public are advised by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to get all agenda change requests in by Aug. 18, in advance of a board work session in Soldotna to set meeting schedules for the next two years.

During its Oct. 18-20 work session at the Soldotna Regional Sport Complex the board will review agenda change requests, also known as ACRs, for possible scheduling in the 2016-2017 meeting cycle.

Each meeting focuses on specific areas and species for which the board will seek proposed regulatory change.

Agenda change requests may be submitted by the public, advisory committees and agencies for issues regarding regulatory areas and species not set for deliberation at the current meeting cycle.

For an issue to be considered later in the meeting cycle, the ACR must meet one of three criteria: a fishery conservation purpose or reason, to correct a regulation error, or to correct an effect on a fishery that was unforeseen when the regulation was adopted.

The Board of Fisheries Agenda Change Request Form is online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.forms. Completed forms may be mailed to ADF&G, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526; emailed to dfg.proposals.boards@alaska.gov, or faxed to 907-465-6094

The tentative 2016-2017 cycle Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting cycle begins with the Lower Cook Inlet finfish meeting Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer. The comment deadline is Nov. 15.

Kodiak finfish are on the agenda Jan. 10-13 at the Best Western Kodiak Harbor Convention Center in Kodiak, with a Dec. 27 comment deadline.

From Feb. 23 through March 8, the board will meet at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in Anchorage on Upper Cook Inlet finfish issues. The comment deadline is Feb. 9.

The board will be back in Anchorage at Coast International Inn March 20-24 for a five-day session on statewide king and tanner crab and supplemental issues, except for Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. The deadline for comments on that session is Feb. 27.