Bristol Bay finfish meeting set for Dillingham

Bristol Bay finfish issues will be on the table in Dillingham when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets Nov. 28 through Dec. 3.

During the six-day meeting the board will consider 47 proposals on commercial, sport and subsistence finfish issues submitted by fisheries organizations, fish and game advisory committees, the general public and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

In addition to written comments, the board will hear from any individuals who sign up at the meeting site to testify at Dillingham Middle School. The tentative deadline to sign up is 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Public testimony will continue until everyone who signed up before the deadline who is present at the meeting has been given an opportunity to testify.

In addition to other meeting items, the Boards Support Section will host a training course on how to navigate the board process.

During its work session in Anchorage in October, the board changed the dates for three of its four upcoming regulatory meetings, including the Bristol Bay finfish meeting.

The Arctic/Yukon/Kuskokwim finfish meeting is still set for Jan. 15-19, but the Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Island/Chignik finfish meeting is set for Feb. 21-27 and the statewide finfish and supplemental issues meeting will be held on March 9-12. All these meetings, plus the Hatchery Committee meeting on March 8, will be held in Anchorage.

All portions of the board meetings are open to the public and the board intends to provide live audio stream via the board’s website at www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov.

Copies of advanced meeting materials, including the agenda and roadmap are available from the Boards Support Section, at 1-907-465-4110, or online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo.

Public comments submitted by Nov. 14 for the Dillingham meeting are included in the board’s workbook before the meeting. Public comments submitted after Nov. 14 are limited to 10 single-sided or five double-sided pages for any one individual or group. Those comments are recorded as record copies and inserted in board member workbooks at the start of the meeting and accepted throughout the board meeting. Individuals not attending the meeting in Dillingham may submit written comments by fax to 1-907-465-6094.