Late Friday afternoon Alaska Governor Sean Parnell announced his picks to fill a couple of seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The choices are sure to spark some discussion among stakeholders.
The audio version of this story includes the comments of Represenatives Hastings and Young as well as portions of the public testimony of United Catcher Boats Bob Dooley and Trident's Joe Plesha. It's much longer and detailed than the online version.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs Federal fisheries management and conservation, is set to expire in September. The process to renew the Act got started Wednesday in Congress with a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee.
During their just completed Area M meeting the Alaska Board of Fisheries considered some changes to the amount of gear that fishermen can use in the Northern District of the Alaska Peninsula. One of the proposals that generated a lot of discussion sought to limit the depth of gear. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.
On Thursday the Alaska Board of Fisheries has turned down a proposal to create a new permit stacking system for setnetters in a couple of fishing districts in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.