Hearings start Friday

Fish board to gather public input for annual meeting

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2005

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a public hearing in Soldotna on Friday and Saturday to gather information and public comments concerning proposals and issues to be addressed by the board at its Upper Cook Inlet Finfish regulatory meeting Monday through Jan. 29 in Anchorage.

No regulatory actions will be taken at the hearing. The purpose is to gather information and public comments about proposals to be addressed the meeting in Anchorage.

Three members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will be at the hearing and provide a written summary to the full board at the regulatory meeting.

"It's an opportunity for the public to provide comments to the board," said Diana Cote, executive director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

It gives those who cannot travel to Anchorage an opportunity to provide input on the proposals being addressed in at the regulatory meeting, she said, adding that the public is welcome to attend both.

An opportunity to sign up to give oral and written testimony at the meeting will be provided at the beginning of the event. A round-table discussion similar to board committee process may be held following public testimony.

Discussion at the Soldotna hearing will be limited to Upper Cook Inlet finfish proposals contained in the 2004/2005 proposal book. The proposal book can be found on the Web at www.boards.adfg.state. ak.us/fishinfo/meetinfo/ 2004_2005/uciprops.pdf.

The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Written testimony may be mailed to Alaska Board of Fisheries, P.O. Box 25526, Juneau, AK 99802. It also may be faxed to (907) 465-6094.

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