Alaska Board of Fisheries officials have issued a reminder that their work session on Oct. 20-21 in Anchorage will be via Zoom only, to protect everyone engaged in the meeting from infection from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus continues to rise, the board determined that an in-person meeting at the end of October might further exacerbate the situation, said Glenn Haight, executive director of the board. “Out of an abundance of caution, the board then determined to hold the work session through a Zoom platform.”
Haight said it is assumed that those intending to join the board at the work session wanted to take the opportunity to talk with members about agenda change requests or other important subjects, and that is the main reason the board was reluctant to cancel the in-person element of the meeting. In lieu of that option, Haight said that each board member’s state email address is provided on the board member page, http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.bofmembers. Those interested in doing so may contact board members directly and ask for a time to talk, he said.
The agenda and any other meeting documents, including agenda change requests, will be available prior to the meeting on the board’s meeting information webpage at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo&date=10-20-2021&meeting=anchorage. Once deliberations begin, the board will ONLY accept written public comments not more than an equivalent of five single-sided pages.