JUNEAU -- The Juneau-based United Fishermen of Alaska group recently launched an education program aimed at helping Alaskans understand subsistence fisheries management.
The program, Subsistence Management Information, offers written information, electronic information and presentations about the federal management of subsistence fisheries and how people can participate in the management process.
According to Dave Bedford, chairman of UFA's subsistence committee, the federal government took over the management of subsistence fishing two years ago and its regulations are beginning to diverge from the state's regulations. He said the program is important for everyone in Alaska who uses or depends on fish to understand the management process.
The outreach program will use a Web site to provide updated information on the federal program including summaries of federal decisions, a history of subsistence management, and basic information to help anyone understand the federal subsistence program and how it differs from the state's. The UFA will also send regular newsletters and informational brochures.
For more information call Tom Morphet, outreach coordinator, at (907) 586-6822 or visit the Web site at www.subsistmgtinfo.org.