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Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Fairbanks, January 26-31


(JUNEAU) - The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet January 26-31, 2010, at the Princess Hotel in Fairbanks, to consider proposed regulatory changes to the Arctic, Yukon, and Kuskokwim area subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries.

Proposals have been submitted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, local fish and game advisory committees, fishing organizations, and the general public seeking adjustments to the fishing regulations and management plans for the Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim areas.  Topics include sport fishing bag limits in the Tanana River drainage, Norton Sound commercial gear, allowable drift gillnet mesh size for the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and Yukon River management plan adjustments.

The board will take oral public testimony during the meeting.  Anyone wishing to testify before the board on the regulatory proposals must sign up at the meeting site in Fairbanks before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 27.  Public testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up has been given the opportunity to be heard.

Written comments on specific proposals will be accepted and distributed to members during the meeting.  Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, or faxed to (907) 465-6094.

Deliberations on the Arctic, Yukon, and Kuskokwim area proposals will begin following public testimony and committee review.  All portions of the meeting are open to the public.  Copies of the proposals, agenda, and staff comments and background reports can be viewed online at:  http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/fcal.php




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