The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet Oct. 18-22 at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W. Third Avenue, in Achorage, according to a release Thursday. During this five-day public meeting, the board will meet to consider 36 proposals regarding Alaska Statewide Pacific cod submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
In addition to submitting written public comments, the release stated the board will also invite members of the public to give oral public testimony during the meeting beginning Friday, Oct. 18. Any person intending to testify must sign up at the meeting site at the Hilton Hotel by 2 p.m. on that day. Public testimony will continue until members of the public who have signed up before the deadline and who are present have been given an opportunity to testify.
All portions of the meeting are open to the public and a live audio stream is intended to be available on the Board of Fisheries’ website at http://www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov. Documents submitted to the board are intended to be posted online throughout the meeting. Copies of advanced meeting materials including the agenda and roadmap can be obtained by contacting Boards Support Section at 907-465-4110 or viewed online at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo.
According to the meeting notice, the board encourages the public to submit written comments on specific proposals. Written public comments limited to 10 single-sided or five double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group will be accepted as a record copy, but will not be inserted in board member workbooks until the beginning of the meeting, and will only be accepted until the board begins deliberation of proposals.