After the Alaska Board of Fish posted 15 potential plans to work on the management of Nushagak River’s king salmon management. But Bristol Bay’s KDLG radio reports that the decision will be delayed.
Here’s more on the decision from KDLG:
Written comments and public testimony on Wednesday overwhelmingly asked for more time to consider the proposed king salmon management plan, which could have big impacts in both the Nushagak District and the other districts in the fishery. The 15 options proposed by Fish and Game range from continuing under current regulations to closing the fishery until a certain date.
Board Chair Märit Carlson-Van Dort recommended delaying a decision. She urged stakeholders to come up with comprehensive recommendations on how to address the king’s stock of concern designation within the management plan.
“I hope that if the board chooses to agree with my recommendation, that that time be used to really provide — dig in and provide good recommendations to the board, support and talk to each other and collaborate in that effort,” she said.