Subsistence board approves changes to advisory boards

Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Interior Department has approved a plan to change the makeup of the Federal Subsistence Board's regional advisory councils.

The changes will give sport and commercial interests a voice on the regional councils that advise the board about management of subsistence hunting and fishing in Alaska.

The changes call for regional councils with 13 members -- those for Southeast, Southcentral and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta -- to set aside four seats for commercial and sport interests.

Councils with 10n members -- those representing Kodiak and the Aleutians, Bristol Bay, the Western Interior, Seward Peninsula, Northwest Arctic, Eastern Interior and North Slope -- will have three seats for sport and commercial interests.

Chairman of the board, Mitch Demientieff, said he thinks broadening the membership of the councils will strengthen the federal management program.

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