If you would like to see fisheries regulation changes in our area, now is the time. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has issued a call for proposals in the sport, sport guided, commercial, subsistence and personal use finfish fisheries for Cook Inlet. This includes all species and is for the Kenai and Kasilof rivers and any other river or stream and the marine fisheries as well. It also encompasses the Mat-Su area and the west side of Cook Inlet.
This opportunity comes on a three-year cycle, so if you miss this chance it won't come around again until 2008. Proposal forms may be obtained at any Fish and Game office or on the board support Web site at www.state.ak.us/adfg/boards/fishinfo/bofhome.htm.
This Web site will also give you instructions and mailing addresses. The local Sport Fish Division at the Soldotna office on Kalifornsky Beach Road will assist you with information or help completing the form, if needed. The deadline for proposals is April 9.
Once the proposals are gathered then the department will put them all in a proposal booklet sometime around June. The department will then open a comment period where people can send in comments on any proposals they wish to support or oppose. Then, in February 2005, the Board of Fish will meet to take action on these proposals.
Usually, the first part of the meeting is open for public testimony, then committees are formed to recommend actions to the board on single or grouped proposals. Once the committee work is complete, it is up to the board to deliberate final actions. This process will probably take a couple of weeks and it's difficult for most folks to stick around to see it through, but it is an important sacrifice if you want support for your proposals.
The Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be working on our proposals over the next several months. Your ideas and public input are always welcome at these meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec 10 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road.
Happy holidays and good fishing.
Dwight Kramer, chair
Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game
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