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Lawmakers express disappointment with Fisheries Council’s decision to keep meeting in Anchorage Published and Edited by MARY KAUFFMAN

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Lawmakers express disappointment with Fisheries Council’s decision to keep meeting in Anchorage

Posted and edited by MARY KAUFFMAN

January 30, 2022
Sunday afternoon

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – Alaska lawmakers expressed disappointment Friday following a meeting of the Alaska Fisheries Council in which they confirmed their decision to keep the fish and shellfish meeting going. from the southeast and from Yakutat to Anchorage, instead of the original location in Ketchikan. The decision will leave Southeast communities dependent on traveling to Anchorage to interact with the board as they make decisions that impact the Southeast.

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“I am deeply disappointed with the Fish Board’s decision to deviate from its traditional process for determining the location of its meetings,” Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) said. “Based on comments from council members prior to their vote, it appears that their primary concerns about the meeting in Ketchikan were based on inconvenience with their own personal schedules rather than prioritizing the council’s tradition of be accessible to Alaskans who are most affected by their decisions I would certainly like to thank all the residents and entities of Ketchikan who have bent over backwards to try to accommodate the needs of the Council to encourage them to decide to return their meetings to the Southeast Although this effort was ultimately unsuccessful, the people of Ketchikan could not have done more.

“Local input from key stakeholders is essential for the Fisheries Council to make reasoned and considered decisions,” said Chair Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak, Yakutat). “I’m frustrated that hasn’t been seen in this case and I hope it doesn’t become a pattern.”

“I understand that many factors influence the location of a Fisheries Council meeting. I will always advocate for the board to hold its meetings in the region where the impacts of its decisions will be felt the most,” said Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau).

“The Fisheries Council’s decision to hold a meeting on Southeast issues in Anchorage is an affront to Southeast residents and stakeholders,” Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) added.

The Alaska Fisheries Council announced last monday that it would meet on Thursday (January 27) to reconsider the location of its Southeast and Yakutat Fish and Shellfish meeting.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held January 4-15, 2022 in Ketchikan; however, due to the strong surge of COVID-19, the meeting was postponed. Given a number of constraints, including availability of facilities, the board rescheduled the meeting to March 10-22, 2022 in Anchorage.

After the meeting was postponed, thanks to the work of Rep. Dan Ortiz and officials from the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan, the facility was once again made available for this board meeting. Depending on the availability of facilities and the schedules of council members, a meeting could take place in Ketchikan from March 10 to 20, 2022.

The board met on January 27 to vote on reconsidering the meeting location. However, at this meeting, the Alaska Fisheries Board confirmed its decision to maintain the Southeast and Yakutat Fish and Shellfish meeting in Anchorage, instead of the original location in Ketchikan, leaving residents of southeast communities dependent on traveling to Anchorage.

Ahead of the venue reconsideration meeting, Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) said, “It means a lot to Ketchikan to be able to host the Fisheries Council. I know that after the decision to move the meeting from the Southeast and Yakutat to Anchorage, many people worked hard to make sure we would be able to accommodate them, and I appreciate the board’s willingness to reconsider .”

Ortiz said, “The Fisheries Council is such an important public process, and it’s critical that these meetings are as accessible as possible to those who would be most directly affected by these decisions.”

Also ahead of the January 27 board meeting, Alaska House President Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak, Yakutat) said, “The guiding principles of the Fisheries Council Advisory Committee and Public Evidence Structure are local input and providing relevant stakeholders with maximum access to the board.

Stutes said, “Moving this meeting out of Ketchikan would harm the public process and impact the council’s ability to make sound decisions. I sincerely hope they make the right decision.”

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) said he hoped common sense would prevail at the 27 board meeting. stand in… southeast Alaska. This is not a bold assertion; it’s common sense. I hope common sense will prevail.

Legislators thanked the many people from Ketchikan who came together on such short notice to secure a venue in Ketchikan for this meeting.

At the board meeting, after presentations and brief ethics disclosures, the fisheries board heard from the president and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about the process and steps leading up to and after the postponement of the Southeast and Yakutat Fish and Shellfish Meeting that was will be held January 4-15, 2022 in Ketchikan. The meeting has been rescheduled to March 10-22, 2022 in Anchorage. The board then met to discuss the decision on the location of the meeting after efforts were made in Ketchikan to free up the meeting space needed to hold the meeting.

After review and a brief discussion, the Fisheries Council rejected a motion to move the meeting to Ketchikan. Listen to the meeting.

The current meeting schedule is as follows: Southeast and Yakutat Fish and Seafood, March 10-22, 2022 – Click here for information on the March 10-22 meeting.

Comments deadline: February 23, 2022
Comment deadlines are generally two weeks before each meeting.
To submit written comments online, click here.

On the Web:

Alaska Fisheries Council
www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov

27 January 2022 Information on the meeting of the Fisheries Council

Listen to the board meeting of January 27, 2022.

News source:

Alaska Homes Coalition
www.akleg.gov

Alaska Fisheries Council

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