Kodiak Board Of Fisheries Meeting Set For Jan. 9-12

The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Alaska Board of Fisheries to meet in Kodiak for Kodiak Area Finfish: January 9–12, 2024

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet in Kodiak, January 9–12, 2024, at the Kodiak Marketplace located at 111 W. Rezanof Drive. At this meeting, the board will consider 30 proposals regarding finfish issues for the Kodiak Area. Proposals have been submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

All portions of the meeting are open to the public and a live video stream is intended to be available on the board’s website at www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov.

In addition to submitting written public comments for the board’s consideration, the public is invited to give oral testimony during the meeting. Any person intending to testify must sign up at the meeting site in Kodiak, no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9. Public testimony will continue until members of the public who signed up before the deadline and are present have been given an opportunity to testify.

New at this meeting: following staff reports, the board will be receiving Traditional Knowledge reports from the public. Anyone interested in providing a Traditional Knowledge report to the board must sign up at the meeting site no later than noon on Tuesday, January 9. More information on this can be found in the board’s December 6, 2023 Supplemental Notice.

All meeting information including the agenda, roadmap, agency reports, and public and advisory committee comments will be available on the meeting website at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo&date=01-09-2024&meeting=kodiak. Documents submitted to the board during the meeting will be posted online throughout the meeting.

Written comments on specific proposals will be accepted during the meeting and can be submitted online through the meeting website provided above. Comments must not exceed 10 single-sided or 5 double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group. Once proposal deliberations begin, the board will ONLY accept written public comments not more than five single-sided pages, or the equivalent double-sided pages. The board may relax this requirement if specific information is requested by the board requiring more pages than allowed under this standard. Individuals not in attendance can also submit written comments by fax to (907) 465-6094.

Learn More about the Board of Fisheries Process: The Boards Support Section is hosting a training course, How to Navigate the Board Process, roughly ten minutes following the noon adjournment on January 9 in the main meeting room. While the training is designed for those new to the board process, all are welcome to join.