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Wasilla Fishery Meeting
ADF&G Press Release
Denby S. Lloyd, Commissioner
Tim Barry, Communications Director
Juneau, Alaska 99811
Phone: (907) 465-6137 • Fax: (907) 465-2332
Press Release: No. 08-05, January 23, 2008
Contact: Jim Marcotte, Executive Director of the Board of Fisheries, at (907) 465- 4110
Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Anchorage, February 1-12
Board to consider Upper Cook Inlet fisheries; Meetings in Wasilla, Soldotna, also scheduled
(JUNEAU) - The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet February 1-12, 2008, at the Coast International Inn in Anchorage, to consider proposals concerning regulatory changes to the Upper Cook Inlet Area sport, commercial, and personal use fisheries.
Proposals have been submitted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, local advisory committees, and the general public seeking adjustments to the fishing regulations and management plans for the Upper Cook Inlet area fishery. For more detailed information on the subject matter, members of the public are encouraged to read the meeting notice which can be viewed on-line at: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/index.php.
The board will take oral public testimony at the meeting. Anyone wishing to testify before the Board must sign up at the meeting site in Anchorage before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 2. Public testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up has been given the opportunity to be heard. Members of the public will be given three minutes each for personal testimony before the board.
Written comments on specific proposals will be accepted and distributed to members during the meeting up until they begin deliberation on the proposal. Written comments can be mailed to: Alaska Board of Fisheries, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, or faxed to (907) 465-6094.
Deliberations on the proposals will begin following public testimony and continue through the remainder of the meeting. Copies of the proposals, the agenda, and the “roadmap” can be viewed online at: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/fishinfo/index.php
Committees of the Board will also hold public hearings in Wasilla and in Soldotna on the topics pertaining to its February 2008 Upper Cook Inlet Finfish meeting. The hearings are intended to allow for additional opportunity for public comment on topics before the Board. The Wasilla hearing will take place beginning 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 at the Best Western Lake Lucille Inn. The Soldotna hearing will take place beginning 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
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SPORT FISHING - NORTHERN COOK INLET
Susitna River/West Cook Inlet - Salmon
330 Reduce open periods for king salmon sport fishing in Alexander Creek drainage
331 Close king salmon fishing on Alexander Creek
332 Close king salmon fishing on Alexander Creek
333 Close king salmon fishing on Alexander Creek
334 Close king salmon fishing on Alexander Creek
335 Allow 24 hour fishing for king salmon in Unit 1 of the Susitna River drainage
336 Allow use of bait for king salmon fishing in Unit 1 of the Susitna River drainage
337 Increase bag limit for king salmon in Deshka River
338 Allow 24-hour fishing in Deshka River
339 Extend king salmon season in the Deshka River based upon escapement counts.
340 Amend season dates for king salmon fishing in Unit 2 of the Susitna River Drainage
341 Allow multiple hooks two weeks earlier for king salmon fishing in Unit 2 of the Susitna River drainage
342 Increase bag limit of coho salmon for Alaskan residents in Parks Highway streams and Talkeetna River
343 Delay bait restrictions on Talkeetna River
West Cook Inlet - Salmon
344 Close Chuitna River to sport fishing above old cable crossing
Knik Arm - Salmon
345 Require unbaited, artificial lures year-round on the Little Susitna River
346 Allow use of bait in the Little Susitna River king salmon fishery from July 1 -13
347 Apply vessel restriction on Little Susitna River
348 Extend waters open to king salmon fishing near Eklutna Tailrace
349 Allow use of bait on Big Lake
350 Establish a spawning closure and decrease bag limit for burbot in Big Lake
351 Decrease bag limit for burbot in Big Lake
352 Modify pike fishing for selected Upper Cook Inlet streams
353 Increase number of lines allowed for pike fishing in Shell Lake
354 Allow up to 12 lines for pike while ice fishing in Northern Cook Inlet
355 Liberalize methods and means for northern pike in fishing Deshka, Yenta, and Susitna drainages
Personal Use - Northern Cook Inlet
356 Establish personal use fisheries in selected Upper Cook Inlet drainages
357 Establish a limit for hooligan harvest in Cook Inlet
358 Open a personal use salmon fishery in the Beluga area