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Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Homer, November 15-18


(JUNEAU) - The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet November 15-18, 2010, at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve building in Homer, to consider proposed regulatory changes to the Lower Cook Inlet 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 Lower Cook Inlet area.

Topics include fishing season dates, bag and possession limits for king salmon and other species, closed waters, and cost-recovery harvest for salmon enhancement programs.  Areas affected include salt waters and associated freshwater drainages of Kachemak Bay, Kamishak Bay, Resurrection Bay, and the southern Kenai Peninsula.

The board encourages the public to submit written comments on specific proposals.  Comments up to 10 pages in length may be submitted by fax (907-465-6094) or delivered to the board during the meeting.

The board also encourages oral public testimony during the meeting.  Anyone intending to testify must sign up at the meeting site in Homer before 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15.  Public testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up by the deadline has been given the opportunity to be heard.

Deliberations on the Lower Cook Inlet 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

or obtained by contacting the Boards Support Section at 907-465-6095.


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