BOF moves meeting cycles forward 1 year

Fishing vessels approach Cordova Harbor. (May 14, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries have voted to conduct the remainder of their 2020-2021 meetings next year, while deferring all future meeting cycles by one year.

The decision made Monday, March 8, at a special virtual meeting of the board, pushed meetings planned for 2021-2022 to 2022-2023, meetings planned for 2022-2023 to 2023-2024, and so forth, said Glenn Haight, executive director of the board.

The changes include moving the Prince William Sound/Upper Copper and Upper Susitna rivers finfish and shellfish, except shrimp, to Nov. 20-Dec. 6, with a comment deadline of Nov. 15.

Final meeting schedules for the next two meeting cycles are to be published soon, Haight said.

Other meetings set for the current cycle include a work session in Anchorage Oct. 20-21, Southeast and Yakutat finfish and shellfish on Jan. 4-15, 2022, the Hatchery Committee on March 10, 2022, and statewide all shellfish — except Prince William Sound, Southeast and Yakutat — and Prince William Sound shrimp only, March 11-16, 2022.

The 2022-2023 meeting system will include the Alaska Peninsula, Bering Sea, Aleutian Island and Chignik areas Pacific cod; Bristol Bay area finfish; Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim areas finfish; Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Island and Chignik area finfish, and statewide provisions for finfish.