State Parks passes for 2003 now available
Alaska State Parks 2003 passes for day-use parking, camping and boat launching are now available. An order form can be found on the State Parks Web site under the Current Events heading at www.alaskastateparks.org.
Passes also may be purchased at a Department of Natural Resources Public Information Center or a Parks and Outdoor Recreation office. The Kenai-Prince William Sound Area Office is located at Mile 85 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna.
Alaska veterans who have suffered a service connected disability are eligible for an Alaskan Disabled Veteran's Camping Decal at no charge. These camping decals are good for a two-year period and 2003 is the beginning of the new two-year period. To qualify, you must be an Alaska resident and present your red, white, and blue Veteran's Universal Access Identification Card which has a photo ID with "Service Connected Disability" printed below the picture.
Parks Department camping passes are honored at all sites with the exception of Montana Creek. The boat launching pass is not honored at The Pillars on the lower Kenai River. Also, the day-use pass is not honored at the Eagle River Nature Center as the nonprofit organization operating at this location has its own parking fee.
Winter king salmon plans to take effect Dec. 29
Local area management plans for Kachemak Bay, Resurrection Bay and Kodiak salt waters have completed legal review and will become effective and enforceable Dec. 29.
On lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay, south of the latitude of Bluff Point, the annual king salmon harvest limit will change to a seasonal limit. The bag and possession limit will remain two fish of any size.
South of Bluff Point, from Oct. 1 to March 31, king salmon harvested will not have to be recorded. No king salmon harvest limit will be in effect for this time period.
From April 1 through Sept. 30, king salmon harvested will count toward the Cook Inlet seasonal limit of five fish. All king salmon harvested during this period must be recorded.
King salmon harvested in North Gulf Coast waters, including Resurrection Bay, will not have to be recorded on the back of the fishing license or harvest record card. There will be no seasonal or annual limits for for king salmon in this area, but the following regulations will apply:
Inside the Resurrection Bay Terminal Harvest Area, north of a line between Cape Resurrection and Aialik Cape, the bag and possession limit for king salmon is two fish per day of any size between May 1 and Aug. 31. From Sept. 1 through April 30, the bag and possession limit for king salmon is one fish per day of any size.
Outside of the Resurrection Bay Terminal Harvest Area, in North Gulf Coast salt waters between Gore Point and Cape Puget, the bag and possession limit for king salmon is one fish per day of any size throughout the year.
King salmon harvested in the salt waters of the Kodiak Management Area will not have to be recorded. There will be no seasonal or annual limits in effect for king salmon, and the bag and possession limit for kings harvested in salt water is two fish per day.
The annual limit of five kings will remain in effect for king salmon harvested in the fresh waters of the Kodiak Management Area, and harvested fish will have to be recorded on the back of an angler's fishing license or harvest record card.
Subsistence Board seeking comment
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting comment on proposed changes to the 2003-2004 subsistence management regulations for the harvest of wildlife on federal lands and waters in Alaska.
Proposed changes affect federal subsistence open seasons, harvest limits, methods and means for taking wildlife, and customary use determinations. Changes approved by the board will take effect July 1, 2003.
Comments should reference the proposal number and be sent to the board by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax at (907) 786-3898; or by mail to Federal Subsistence Board, Office of Subsistence Management, 3601 C Street, Suite 1030, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Comments received by Jan. 6 will be provided to 10 regional advisory councils for discussion during February and March meetings. Comments submitted after the winter regional meetings will be considered by the board at its spring meeting, scheduled for May 18-19 in Anchorage.
In addition to written comments, the public is welcome to testify at any of the regional advisory meetings or at the board meeting in May.
For copies of the proposal book or additional information, visit the federal subsistence program's Web site at http://alaska.fws. gov/asm/home.html or call the Office of Subsistence Management at (800)877-8339.
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