The fisheries board announced the timing of that special session on September 11. The regular work session will address agenda change requests (ACR).
Among the 11 ACRs to be considered are two that would cap hatchery production. The first, from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, proposes to prohibit Valdez Fisheries Development Association from incubating, rearing and releasing pink salmon resulting from additional egg take capacity permitted during 2018 and cap egg take capacity.
The second is from former fisheries board member Virgil Umphenour, now chairman of the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee. The Umphenour ACR would cap statewide private non-profit salmon hatchery egg take capacity.
A complete list of ACRs is available online at
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo&date=10-15-2018&meeting=anchorage.The fisheries board will hold a joint protocol meeting with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on October 17 to discuss several ideas. The list includes the status of the council’s fisheries management plan development for Cook Inlet salmon in federal waters, the status of state management of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaska, and Bering Sea Pacific cod abundance and management issues.
Live audio streaming of the meetings can be found at www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov.