3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar

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Salmon remains on the banks of the Talkeetna River. Photo: Ben Rowell

October 5 – North Pacific Fishery Management Council

From the Mat-Su Borough:

Federal Management of Cook Inlet Salmon?

An important meeting for fisheries STARTS on Monday at the Hilton in Anchorage.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages the salmon fisheries in the US Exclusive Economic Zone, 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles off shore from Alaska.

In response to a 9th Circuit Court ruling, the Council is considering how to revise the Fishery Management Plan for 3 areas, including Cook Inlet.

The implication: fisheries management for Cook Inlet could return to what it was before statehood—federal management. This could cause profound changes in management for all types of users in Cook Inlet including, set netters, sports fishers, subsistence users, dip netters, guides, etc. 

Representatives from the Mat-Su Borough Fish & Wildlife Commission are attending. The local Fish Commission says the Mat-Su Basin has strong reasons to be a stakeholder in the discussions. The group encourages interested residents to attend one meeting in particular on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 1 pm on the Salmon Fisheries Management Plan.

The Council website says: Sign-up sheets are available at the registration table for those wishing to provide public comments on a specific agenda item. Sign-up must be completed before public comment begins on that agenda item. Additional names are not accepted after public comment has begun. Groups and associations are given six minutes and individuals and businesses are allowed three minutes for their testimony.

Here is the link to the meeting information. It takes place at the Hilton, 500 W. 3rd Ave, Anchorage, beginning Monday.

https://www.npfmc.org/upcoming-council-meetings/

October 17 – Past, Present & Future: a Look at Chinook Salmon in Alaska

Hosted by Trout Unlimited Alaska
49th State Brewing Co. – Anchorage
Doors open at 6:00pm. Panel starts at 6:30

Alaskans are painfully aware of the recent downturn in king salmon populations on many of our streams. While there have been a few glimmers of hope when it comes to this iconic symbol of Alaska, the number of chinook salmon in most parts of the state remain alarmingly low, which prompted fishing for them in many areas, including throughout all of Southeast Alaska, to be closed.

Anglers and everyday Alaskans are invited to join Trout Unlimited Alaska for a chinook salmon panel where we’ll sort out what trends have occurred with regard to king salmon in recent years, learn from the experts, and to see what we all might do in the future to retain this mainstay of Alaskan fishing.

Topics will include: The Board of Fish process and how it works, a look at how chinook populations around the state are faring, as well as what research is currently underway and what new research might be introduced or needed.

Panel members will include: Ed Jones, ADF&G Chinook Salmon Research Initiative Coordinator; Dr. Megan McPhee, University of Alaska, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; and Robert Ruffner, Alaska Board of Fish member. There will also be other members of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff on hand, and ample time for questions from the audience.

Click here for the Facebook event page

November 8 & 9 – Mat-Su Salmon Science & Conservation Symposium

Hosted by Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership

The Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium is an annual forum to share information about salmon and their habitat in Alaska’s Mat-Su Basin. This year, we celebrate 10 years of bringing people together in support of healthy salmon habitat!

Important dates:
October 5 – presentation/poster abstracts due
October 27 – online registration closes

For more info: http://www.matsusalmon.org/what-we-do/salmon-symposium/2017-symposium/

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