Federal fisheries board October meeting will be online only

Written public comment is being strongly encouraged for the October meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which has moved the session normally held in early October in Anchorage to three online dates: Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 12-16.

Council staff said written comments, due by 5 p.m. Alaska standard time Sept. 30, are being encouraged to avoid any potential for technical difficulties that would compromise oral testimony. Those wishing to submit written comments may go to the council agenda at meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/Details/1565, and click on the comment link for the agenda item they wish to comment on.

All written materials, including motions, are being posted to this electronic agenda.

The council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee is will meet from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Advisory Panel will meet Oct. 5-9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The council’s Oct. 2 session on Bering Sea/Aleutian Island crab specifications will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Oct. 9 session on B Reports, the Scientific and Statistical Committee Report, Advisory Panel report on proposed specifications and plan team reports on Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska groundfish harvests and final action on sculpin/squid product types will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the final session, Oct. 12-16, the council will be meeting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All times are Alaska standard time. Links to web conference sites will be posted soon, council staff said.