National Park Service schedules compensation workshops

Glacier Bay fishing closeures to be compensated

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2001

JUNEAU - The National Park Service will hold several workshops to help people apply for compensation for losses from commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay.

Workshops are scheduled for Jan. 4 and 5 in Hoonah, Jan. 10 and 11 in Sitka, and Jan. 17 and 18 in Petersburg.

Congress closed part of Glacier Bay to commercial fishing in 2000 and is phasing out fishing in the rest of the bay as qualified fishermen retire.

Fewer than 100 people have applied for a share of $23 million in federal compensation funds, park service officials said last week. Applicants can include permit holders, crew members, processing companies and their workers, businesses in fishing communities and local governments. The compensation program also applies to all permit holders in the Southeast Tanner pot fishery.

Applications with supporting materials must be postmarked by Jan. 28, 2002. For more information, write to Glacier Bay National Park at 2770 Sherwood Lane, Suite I, Juneau AK 99801, or call (907) 586-7027.

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