Begich Statement on 14-Day Extension of Public Comment Period for Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today expressed disappointment that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) only approved an extension of 14 days for the public comment period for the halibut catch sharing plan.
“Giving Alaskans just two weeks more during the busy summer fishing season to comment on a contentious plan on how we manage our state’s halibut fishery is a disservice. Thousands of Alaskan families, both sport and commercial users, depend on the halibut fishery for their livelihoods. That is why I originally asked for a 45-day extension of the comment period so all the Alaskans affected had sufficient time to comment. I ask that NOAA redouble its efforts to reach out to fishermen so they know about the new deadline and I urge fishermen to get their comments in by August 26.”