Upcoming state meeting addresses finfish

Forty-seven proposals regarding Lower Cook Inlet finfish are on the agenda for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer.

In addition to written public comments, the board invites oral public testimony during the meeting. Those wishing to testify must sign up at the meeting site.

The tentative sign up deadline is 2 p.m. on Nov. 30.  Public testimony will continue until all those signed up before the deadline are given opportunity to testify.

All portions of the meeting are open to the public. A live audio stream is intended to be available on the board’s website at www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov

Documents submitted to the board are intended to be posted online throughout the meeting.

Copies of advanced meeting materials are in the Boards Support Section, or online at

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo.

Written comments on specific proposals are welcome. For details on public comment see http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.comments

The board’s committees on habitat and legislation are meeting jointly starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center to review a non-regulatory proposal seeking the board recommendation that the Legislature enact portions of the board’s Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy in Alaska Statue 16 for use in issuing habitat permits.  There will be a limited opportunity for testimony.

In particular, the committee would like to hear comment on these questions:

What elements of the Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policies should be put into Title 16 to guide habitat permitting?

What situations have arisen in the past through the state’s permitting system that harmed salmon habitat?

Short of seeking legislative change, what other changes could be made to remedy this request?