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Petersburg to host Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting next week


Petersburg will host the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting for Southeast and Yakutat Crab, Shrimp and miscellaneous Shellfish fisheries January 15-21 at the Sons of Norway Hall on Sing Lee Alley.

The meeting begins Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8:30 a.m. with introductions of staff and the board members and in the afternoon testimony will be heard from both the public and the advisory committee. Sunday’s public testimony will continue until all those present at the meeting are heard, according to the board’s tentative agenda.

At 4:30 p.m. Sunday a Sea Otter presentation will be made to the Board of Fish at the Sons of Norway Hall.

The deadline to sign-up to testify is Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.

Testimony will continue into Monday and that afternoon the committee of the whole will meet.

According to the tentative agenda, board deliberations will get underway and committees will be organized on Tuesday and in the afternoon two committees will meet concurrently. Committee A is scheduled to discuss King and Tanner Crab and miscellaneous Shellfish while Committee B will discuss Shrimp, Dungeness Crab and Sport Shellfish topics.

On Wednesday Board Committee reports will be prepared and distributed to the public and will continue through Thursday morning.

On Thursday afternoon through Saturday, board deliberations will continue until adjournment.

Testimony is expected to be limited to three minutes for individuals and groups and 10 minutes for advisory committee representatives.

An audio of the meeting should be available at the Board of Fisheries webpage during periods when the board is on the record.

According to a tentative agenda the committee of the whole will consider 14 proposals; and Committee A made up of Bill Brown, Vince Webster and Sue Jeffrey will discuss nine proposals for King and Tanner Crab and the Miscellaneous Shellfish agenda topic will include 13 proposals.

Committee B members Tom Kluberton, Mike Smith and John Jensen will consider eight Shrimp proposals and 16 proposals for Dungeness Crab and Sport Shellfish agenda topics.

On approximately Thursday afternoon through Saturday, both committees will deliberate on 46 proposals that are before the Board.

Agenda updates will be posted at the meeting each day of the board meetings.

Throughout the week of meetings Board of Fish board members and participants will be hosted to banquets, potlucks, fundraising dinners and snacks provided by businesses and community organizations which are listed on the schedule of events for the meeting.


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