Board of Fish Worksession Actions

     The Board of Fish worksession was in Anchorage on October 9 & 10th.  At the meeting, Mel Morris was elected Chair and John Jensen was elected Vice-Chair.  Vince Webster was selected as the board representive on the NPFMC workgroup on Bering Sea Salmon Bycatch.  A board committee was established with Larry Edfelt and John Jensen to work with staff and the public to develop recommendaitons on eco-tourism fishing.  They set limits on accepting written comments at 100 printed pages per individual or group relating to proposals at any one meeting prior to the two week comment deadline before meetings and 10 printed pages per individual or group after the two-wwek written comment deadline.

The Sitka Charter Boat Operators Assoc proposal #11 to review the demersal shelf rockfish management to avoid unintended closures in the sport fishery was denied.

The Southeast meetings for the winter of 2008-2009 were set as follows:

Southeast and Yakutat crab, shrimp and misc shellfish (including Dungeness, King and Tanner) January 18-27, 2009 in Petersburg

Southeast and Yakutat finfish (including salmon, herring and groundfish) February 17-26, 2009 in Sitka

Proposal deadline is April 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm and Agenda change request deadline is August 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm

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