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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Federal Subsistence Board is set to meet in Anchorage to discuss changes to multiple subsistence fish issues statewide, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
During the meeting, the board will consider changes to subsistence regulations regarding fish and shellfish for the 2019-2021 regulatory yers, new customary and traditional determinations for subistence fisheries in Southeast Alaska, and other issues.
One proposal submitted by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, would directly affect Southeast Alaska residents by modifying the customary and traditional use determination for all fish in the Southeast region to include all residents of the Southeast region, according to the agenda materials.
Also, changes to the regulations regarding the maximum stretched mesh size of gillnet fishing nets — specifically, those used to fish chinook, sockeye and coho salmon in the Stikine River — will be proposed.
The FSB also will discuss the Fisheries Temporary Special Action Request, as submitted by Akiak Native Community.
The meeting will take place April 15-18 at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. The meeting will run from 1:30 p.m. to, at the earliest, 5 p.m., on April 15. After that, meetings will run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., until the FSB calls for a recess or finishes the work, according to the department.
Public hearings and consultation between the FSB and the Regional Advisory Council chairs and the State of Alaska also will be held. Discussion will be about possible companion Temporary Special Actions, which would immediately implement regulatory changes, according to the press release.
Public participation is encouraged, either in person or telephonically. The public will have the chance to testify on items both on and off the agenda. At the beginning of each day, the public may give comments on general subsistence issues, stated the press release.
Information about the meetings and the Federal Subsistence Board can be found at https://www.doi.gov/subsistence/board.