Board of Fish to take up Cook Inlet issues out of cycle

A task force designed to recommend adjustments to the to the Kenai River late run king salmon management plan is set to meet in November according to documents provided by the Board of Fisheries.

During a two-day work session in Anchorage, the Board of Fisheries considered several Cook Inlet-specific agenda change requests and ultimately decided to discard some and form a task force to address Kenai River king salmon.

Board members Vince Webster and Tom Kluberton will co-chair the task force which will also include eight other members.

Three members will be Upper Subdistrict setnetters, one driftnetter, two sport fishers, one sport guide and one personal use fisher, according to the task force’s mission statement.

The first meeting should happen in mid-November and the task force will develop its recommendations in time for the Board of Fisheries’ statewide finfish meeting in March according to the statement.

Not every ACR submitted to the board will be considered, some Cook Inlet requests failed including one modifying the central district drift gillnet fishery management plan, one asking that a date for management measures to be taken on the Kenai River be added to the management plan and one altering the area for Kenai River dipnetting.

Anyone interested in participating in the task force can email executive director Monica Wellard at monica.wellard@alaska.gov.

 

Molly Dischner of the Alaska Journal of Commerce contributed to this report.

More

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 22:52

Alaska holiday weighed for black soldiers who built highway

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska state lawmakers are considering the creation of a holiday to honor the contributions of more than 4,000 black soldiers who endured harsh... Read more

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 21:38

Fish and Game presents rationale on big fish king goal

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to transition the Kenai River early and late king salmon run escapement goals to count big fish... Read more

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 22:35

Man charged with manslaughter in overdose death of former roommate

A man has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly giving some of his opioid prescription to a former roommate, who overdosed on it. Read more