Tag Archives: Alaska’s Board of Fisheries

Alaska’s Board of Fisheries votes not to authorize purse seine fishing on Yukon River

adfg-logoAlaska’s Board of Fisheries voted 5-2 Saturday to not approve a new type of commercial chum salmon fishing gear in the lower Yukon River. In one of the board’s most contested decisions of its five-day meeting, the regulatory body was against opening the river to purse seining, a method that involves encircling a group of fish with a net and pulling it closed like a purse. Fishermen from upriver communities like Tanana and Manley Hot Springs opposed the purse seine opening out of concern that purse seiners would injure king salmon inadvertently swept up with the chum salmon. Read the article here 09:12

Boards and Commissions Director Gillis resigns days before Board of Fisheries nominee due

ANCHORAGE—Gov. Bill Walker’s Boards and Commissions Director Karen Gillis has left her position amid growing controversy over a Board of Fisheries seat that has yet to be successfully filled. Walker, who is required by Alaska Statute to appoint a person to the seat by May 19, has previously appointed two candidates to the open seat; neither has lasted longer than a month. Though staff in the governor’s office confirmed Gillis’ departure, they have refused to discuss when she left, or release an updated list of candidates for the open seat. Read the rest here  09:33

Longtime Kenai River habitat advocate applies for Board of Fisheries seat

robert ruffnerA Kenai Peninsula resident known for his habitat advocacy has applied to be on Alaska’s Board of Fisheries. Robert Ruffner is a 19-year resident of Soldotna and has supervised dozens of culvert and fish passage projects on the Kenai Peninsula. Ruffner, who has not actively participated in fisheries politics on one side of the sport, commercial, or personal-use fishing battle over Cook Inlet fish, could be a less polarizing figure. Read the rest here 08:47

Alaska’s Board of Fisheries releases 2014-2015 proposal book

Fishermen and other stakeholders are asking Alaska’s Board of Fisheries to consider 162 proposals to change subsistence, commercial, personal use and sport regulations in fisheries throughout the state during the 2014-2015 meeting cycle. Read more here 18:55

Alaska Legislature confirms fish board incumbents

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThree incumbent members of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries were unanimously confirmed, after a Chugiak representative withdraw his objection to the two commercial fishers on the board. Read more here 19:43

Adak, Norton Sound net new crab fishery regulations and more – Molly Dischner

23523_354387901211_7651997_aAlaska’s Board of Fisheries took steps toward creating more crab fishing opportunity in Norton Sound and near Adak this week. Read more here  BOF approves Kuskokwim dipnets, shorter gillnets Read more here  BOF addresses Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound crab  Read more here  Cook Inlet fishermen ask BOF to reconsider setnet changes Read more here  BOF talks Yukon, Bristol Bay issues  Read more here  22:58

BOF talks Yukon, Bristol Bay issues

23523_354387901211_7651997_aAlaska’s Board of Fisheries took action on a handful of Yukon River and Bristol Bay salmon management proposals today. The board is holding its statewide king and tanner crab meeting in Anchorage, and the agenda includes certain issues in other fisheries. Read more here  15:36

Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will meet in Anchorage Feb. 26 to March 4 to talk about Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands issues.

The board is tasked with discussing 48 proposals. Those address commercial, sport and subsistence fishing for a wide-swath of  state fisheries near the Alaska Peninsula. The majority of the proposals address commercial fishing. Read more