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Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Anchorage, December 1-8


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2009                                    

(JUNEAU) - The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet December 1-8, 2009, at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, to consider proposed regulatory changes to the Bristol Bay Area subsistence, sport, and commercial fisheries for salmon, herring, and other finfish.  

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 Bristol Bay Area.  Topics include allowing permit stacking, eliminating vessel length limits, changing harvest allocations, and modifying registration requirements. 

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 Anchorage before 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2.  Public testimony will continue until everyone signed up has been given an opportunity to be heard.  

Saturday, December 5 the board will consider a proposal on habitat protections.  Anyone wishing to testify before the board regarding habitat protections must sign up at the meeting site between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5. 

On Tuesday, December 8 the Board of Fisheries will meet jointly with the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to hear agency reports on a number of management topics and review regulatory proposals on Pacific cod and other groundfish fisheries scheduled for action by the Board during meetings in February and March 2010.  

Written comments on specific proposals will be accepted and distributed to members during the meeting up until they begin deliberation on the proposal.  Written comments may be submitted at the meeting; mailed to:  Alaska Board of Fisheries, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526; or faxed to (907) 465-6094.

Deliberations on the Bristol Bay Finfish proposals will begin following public testimony and committee review.  All portions of the meeting are open to the public.  Copies of the proposals, agenda, list of committee groups, and staff comments on the proposals can be viewed online at:  http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/fcal.php


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