Meeting begins Friday in Anchorage
October 04, 2007
The meeting will take place at the Coast International Inn in Anchorage beginning at 1:00 p.m. Friday October 5 and continue through October 8. The Joint Board will take oral public testimony at this meeting. Anyone wanting to testify must sign-up by 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 5.
Fish and game advisory committees are grass roots groups that discuss fish and wildlife management and provide recommendations to the boards. There are 81 committees throughout the state, each with expertise in a particular local area. The Joint Board will consider proposals to combine or split committees and to change their guidelines.
"Nonsubsistence" areas are areas of the state where dependence upon subsistence is not a principal characteristic of the economy, culture and way of life of the area or community. The five areas currently identified by the Joint Board include Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage-Matsu-Kenai, Fairbanks, and Valdez. While residents of these five areas may fully participate in state-regulated subsistence harvests elsewhere in the state, the boards may not permit subsistence harvest within the boundaries of the nonsubsistence areas. There are proposals to add a nonsubsistence area in portions of the Upper Susitna/Upper Copper River drainages and to modify the Juneau nonsubsistence area.
The Joint Board established the current nonsubsistence areas in 1992, as required by the state subsistence law. When considering proposed changes to the existing areas, the board will need to identify if any significant new information is available and it will need to address specific socio-economic characteristics.
A two-step approach will be used for the nonsubsistence area proposals. The board will first perform a preliminary review of the proposals during the October 2007 meeting. During this preliminary review, the board will conduct an initial assessment of the proposals, will identify the information needed for a full review of appropriate proposals, and will schedule appropriate proposals for further public review and department analysis. The second step will be regulatory action at a meeting planned for 2008.
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