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NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REGULATIONS

OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF GAME


 

Notice is given that the Alaska Board of Game, under the authority of Title 16, Alaska Statutes, proposes to adopt, amend, or repeal regulations in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code which implement, interpret or make specific the provisions of Title 16.

 

The Board of Game may adopt, amend, repeal, or take no action on the subject matters listed below.  Regulations to be the subject of board action concern the use or taking of game and include the following:

 

A.  METHODS AND MEANS FOR TAKING BIG GAME, GAME, FUR ANIMALS, AND FURBEARERS, including: Lawful methods of taking big game and game including restrictions on the use of cellular and satellite devices, aircraft, airguns, air bows, archery, crossbows, and muzzleloaders; and the taking of bears in dens. Also in this section, lawful methods of taking  furbearers and fur animals including same day airborne take of wolves and wolverine; land and shoot requirements for taking coyotes; the taking of non-target species, and with the use of bow and arrow.

 

B. PERMITS, PERMIT HUNT CONDITIONS, AND PROCEDURES including: Discretionary and required hunting permit conditions and procedures; special provisions for drawing hunts for sheep, goat, brown bear, and moose; permit allocation for residents and nonresidents including second degree of kindred relatives; nonresident guide requirements; restrictions on the number of permit applications; permits for taking wolves using aircraft; permits for possessing live game including hedge hogs, feral game, and the release of feral or stray cats to the wild; permits for falconry including the capture of raptors by nonresidents and changes to the ADF&G Alaska Falconry Manual; permit point system for drawing hunts; party permit hunts; permits for hunting bear with the use of bait including a new definition for “equipment”; bag limits for recipients of Governor’s tags; permits for selling skins, skulls, and trophies; and permits for taking big game for religious and other potlatches and ceremonies.  Also in this section, community subsistence harvest hunt permits conditions; Tier II subsistence hunting permit point system; and provisions for subsistence hunting priority.

 

C.  POSSESSION, TRANSPORTATION, AND USE OF GAME including: The restriction for taking bear cubs and female bears with cubs; sealing of horns and antlers; transfer of possession requirements; salvage of game meat, furs, and hides; sale of brown bear parts; and restrictions to bag limit including sheep, and bag limits for nonresident hunters hunting with resident relatives.

 

D.  LICENSES, HARVEST TICKETS, HARVEST REPORTS, TAGS, and FEES including: Harvest ticket requirements for brown bear; waterfowl conservation tag; and taking of game by proxy.

 

E.   INTENSIVE MANAGEMENT AND PREDATOR CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION PLANS including: Hunting restrictions and special provisions for predation control areas.

 

F.   REGULATORY DEFINITIONS including: “Bag limit”, “youth hunt”, “regulatory year”, “edible meat”, “equipment” for bear baiting, “community” and “group” for community subsistence harvest hunts, “brow tine”, “50-inch antlers”, spike-fork antlers”, “spike”, and “fork”.

 

G. CUSTOMARY AND TRADITIONAL USES OF GAME POPULATIONS including but not limited to: Customary and traditional use findings for migratory game birds in all Game Management Units;

 

H.  GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS including: Hunter education and orientation requirements; licenses and tags; season openings by emergency order; and the policy for changing board agenda.

 

In addition to the statewide topics described above, the Board of Game will also address a proposal deferred from a previous meeting requesting a closure to caribou hunting alongside the Taylor Highway in Unit 20.

 

The board may need to modify other regulations to conform with changes made to statewide regulations related to the topics above.

 

The board will also take action on non-regulatory items during this meeting such as findings including proposed changes to the Nonresident Drawing Permit Allocation Policy (#2007-173-BOG), letters, and delegations, typically at the end of the meeting under miscellaneous business but action may occur earlier in the meeting if necessary.

 

The proposed regulation changes are available on the Board of Game website at www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=gameboard.meetinginfo&date=11-10-2017&meeting=anchorage, or from the ADF&G Boards Support Section Office at (907) 465-4110.  Additional meeting information will be added to the website as it becomes available.

 

You may comment on the proposed regulations including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes by submitting written comments, limited to no more than 100 single sided or 50 double sided pages, to the Alaska Board of Game, Boards Support Section at P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526. Comments can also be submitted online at www.boardofgame.adfg.alaska.gov, by fax to (907) 465-6094, or emailed to dfg.bog.comments@alaska.gov (PDF format only). Comments must be received by Friday, October 27, 2017 to be included in the board workbook.

 

Submission of written comments after the October 27, 2017 deadline is limited to ten single-sided or five double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group and will be provided to the board members at the beginning of the meeting. During the meeting, written comments from any one individual or group may be submitted by hand delivery if 20 copies are provided. Written comments that are submitted are public records and are subject to public inspection.

 

The Board of Game shall consider all factual, substantive, and relevant comments in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, Alaska Statute 44.62.210. Comments having disparaging statements or personal attacks will be withheld or redacted.

 

The public hearing portion of the meeting is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting following staff reports, and will continue until everyone who has signed up and is present when called has been given the opportunity to be heard. However, state advisory committee representatives may elect to provide testimony at a later portion of the meeting. Additional public hearings may be held throughout the meeting just before consideration and adoption of proposed changes in the regulations. The board will take oral testimony only from those who register before the cut-off time announced by the board chair at the meeting. The length of oral statements may be limited to three to five minutes, or less for the public and 10 to 15 minutes or less for fish and game advisory committee and federal regional advisory council representatives. Everyone interested in, or affected by, the subject matter contained in this legal notice should make written or oral comments if they wish to have their views considered by the board.

 

 

TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE

Statewide Regulations Meeting

November 10-17, 2017

Lakefront Anchorage, Redington Ballroom

4800 Spenard Road

Anchorage, Alaska 99517

 

Any changes to meeting location, dates or times, or rescheduling of topics or subject matter will be announced by news release and posted on the board’s website.  Please watch for these announcements or call (907) 465-4110.  Please carefully review the PROPOSAL INDEX and the additional proposal listing on the above-mentioned website for all specific proposal issues to be addressed by the board.

 

Anyone interested in or affected by subsistence and general hunting or trapping regulations is hereby informed that, by publishing this legal notice the Board of Game may consider any or all of the subject areas covered by this notice. THE BOARD IS NOT LIMITED BY THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE OR CONFINES OF THE ACTUAL PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE PUBLIC OR STAFF.  Pursuant to AS 44.62.200, the board may review the full range of activities appropriate to any of the subjects listed in this notice. The board may make changes to the hunting and trapping regulations as may be required to ensure the subsistence priority in AS 16.05.258 including reexamining customary and traditional use findings and determinations for amounts reasonably necessary for subsistence use.  After the public hearing, the Board of Game may adopt these or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or amend, reject, supplement, or decide to take no action on them. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMMENT DURING THE TIME ALLOWED IF YOUR INTERESTS COULD BE AFFECTED.

 

If you are a person with a disability who may need special accommodations in order to participate in this process, please contact ADF&G, Boards Support Section at (907) 465-4110 no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the meeting to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

 

Statutory Authority:   AS 16.05, AS 16.30.

 

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 16.05.255; AS 16.05.256;

AS 16.05.258; AS 16.05.330; AS 16.05.340; AS 16.05.346; AS 16.05.405; AS 16.05.407; AS 16.05.783; and AS 16.30.010 – .030.

 

Fiscal Information:  The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

                                                                       

            DATE:  October 6, 2017                                                                    /s/

Kristy Tibbles, Executive Director

Alaska Board of Game

465-4110


 

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS NOTICE INFORMATION

(AS 44.62.190(d))

 

1.       Adopting agency:  Alaska Board of Game

 

2.       General subject of regulation:  Statewide hunting and trapping regulations and other miscellaneous provisions.
 

3.       Citation of regulations: 5 AAC 85, 92, and 99

 

4.       Department of Law file numbers: JU2017200514

 

5.       Reason for the proposed action:
(  ) compliance with federal law
(   ) compliance with new or changed state statute
(   ) compliance with court order
(   ) development of program standards
( X)  other: Regularly scheduled topics and other miscellaneous provisions for the Board of Game Statewide Regulations Meeting.  Implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of AS 16.05-16.30.
 

6.       Appropriation/Allocation: Natural Resources and all RDUs

 

7.       Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding:  It is not possible to estimate costs. However, this action is not expected to require an increased appropriation.
8.          The name of the contact person for the regulations:
Name:                             Kristy Tibbles
Title:                               Executive Director, Board Game

Address:                         Boards Support Section

Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
PO Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Telephone:                     (907) 465-4110

E-mail:                            kristy.tibbles@alaska.gov

9.       The origin of the proposed action:
X      staff of state agency
X      federal government
X      general public

 

10.   Date: October 6, 2017                  Prepared by:                                         /s/

Kristy Tibbles, Executive Director

Alaska Board of Game

465-4110

 

 

 

AENA GILBERTSON

Publications Specialist & Southeast Regional Coordinator

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game | Boards Support

907.465.4046

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Alaska Board of Game / NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY REGULATIONS
« on: September 02, 2015, 07:46:06 AM »
NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

OF ALASKA BOARD OF GAME

 

On August 25, 2015, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, under a delegation of authority from the Board of Game issued under Alaska Statute 16.05.270, adopted as emergency regulations changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with hunting season regulations for geese:

 

  5AAC 85.065(a)(4) is amended to include the following changes:

1.      (C) Geese,  Canada and cackling combined: Unit 6 (except Middleton Island), the possession limit is increased from two times the daily bag limit (8) to three times the daily bag limit (12).

2.      (D) Geese, White-fronted: Unit 18, daily bag and possession limits are increased from a daily bag limit of 8 birds, 24 in possession, to a daily bag limit of 10 birds, 30 in possession.
 

The emergency regulations take effect August 31, 2015 and expire December 28, 2015. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game intends to make the emergency regulations permanent.

 

You may comment on the proposed permanent regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the changes, by submitting written comments to Dan Rosenberg, Waterfowl Coordinator, at Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 525 W. 67th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99518.  The comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015.  Written comments received are public records and are subject to public inspection.

 

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Kristy Tibbles at (907) 465-4110 no later than October 9, 2015 to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

 

For a copy of the emergency regulations, contact Dan Rosenberg at Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 525 W. 67th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99518.

 

The language of the permanent regulations may be different from that of the original emergency regulations, and may include other provisions dealing with the same subject.  YOU SHOULD COMMENT DURING THE TIME ALLOWED IF YOUR INTERESTS COULD BE AFFECTED.

 

Statutory Authority:  AS 16.05.255; AS 16.05.258; AS 16.05.270

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific:  AS 16.05.255; AS 16.05.258

Fiscal Information:  The regulations are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

 

 

 

DATE:                August 28, 2015                             _____________________________

Kristy Tibbles, Executive Director

 

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Alaska Board of Game / SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:48:11 PM »
SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE

REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES

 

This is a SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE adding to the NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES that was issued on November 3, 2014, hereby incorporated by reference, concerning proposed regulation changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code.  This SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE is being issued to notify the public of the following topic being added to the Board of Fisheries (board) schedule to be considered at the meeting noted:

 

The following additional topic will be addressed at the board’s Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Miscellaneous Shellfish, and Supplemental Items meeting scheduled for March 17–20, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, 401 East 6th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska:

 

IN THE BRISTOL BAY FINFISH AREA: Board generated proposal to consider optimum escapement goals for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. (Newly assigned Proposal 277.)

 

IN THE KUSKOKWIM RIVER FINFISH AREA: Board generated proposal to consider changes to subsistence fishery fish wheel operations during times of king salmon conservation. (Newly assigned Proposal 278.)

                                                                                                                           

All other provisions posted in the November 3, 2014 NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES remain the same, including the public comment periods and tentative meeting schedule.

 

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes, or for a copy of the November 3, 2014 NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES, contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK  99811-5526, phone 907-465-4110, or access the Internet at:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo

 

Statutory Authority:  AS 16.05 – AS 16.20; AS 16.40

 

Statutes being implemented, interpreted, or made specific:  AS 16.05

 

Fiscal Information:  The proposed regulatory actions are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

 

Date:  February 9, 2015                                  ___________________________

                                                                        Glenn Haight, Executive Director

                                                                        Alaska Board of Fisheries

 

 


ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS NOTICE INFORMATION

(AS 44.62.190(g))

 

 

1.               Adopting Agency:  Alaska Board of Fisheries.

 

2.               General subject of regulation:  In the Bristol Bay Area, consider setting escapement goals, and in the Kuskokwim River subsistence fishery consider changes to fish wheel operations during times of king salmon conservation.

 

3.               Citation of regulations:  5 AAC 01.270; 5 AAC 06.355 – 5 AAC 06.369.

 

4.               Reason for proposed action:  Implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of AS 16.05 – AS 16.20.

 

5.               Department of Law file number (if any): JU2014200583 – Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Miscellaneous Shellfish (except Southeast/Yakutat), and Supplemental Issues.

 

6.               Appropriation/Allocation:  Natural Resources and all RDUs.

 

7.               Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding:  These actions are not expected to require any additional costs.

 

8.               The name of the contact person for the regulations:

 

Glenn Haight, Executive Director

Alaska Board of Fisheries

PO Box 115526

Juneau, AK  99811-5526

(907) 465-4110

 

9.               The origin of the proposed action:

 

_____       staff of state agency

_____       federal government

_____       general public

_____      petition for regulation change

__X__      other (please list) board generated proposals based on findings from ongoing work groups

 

10.            Date:  February 6, 2015                      Prepared by:   ___________________

                                                                                                Glenn Haight, Executive Director

                                                                                                Alaska Board of Fisheries

                                                                                                (907) 465-4110

 

 

 

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Commercial Fishing / NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:18:21 AM »
NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE
REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES
 
The Alaska Board of Fisheries proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with fishery and aquatic plant resources in the areas designated below, including the following regulations:
 
1.     IN THE PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND (INCLUDING UPPER COPPER RIVER, UPPER SUSITNA RIVER, PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND SALTWATER, AND COPPER RIVER DISTRICT) FINFISH FISHERIES; SOUTHEAST AND YAKUTAT FINFISH FISHERIES; SOUTHEAST AND YAKUTAT CRAB, SHRIMP, AND MISCELLANEOUS SHELLFISH FISHERIES; AND STATEWIDE DUNGENESS CRAB, SHRIMP AND MISCELLANEOUS SHELLFISH  FISHERIES:
 
A.    In the commercial, sport, guided sport, personal use, and aquatic plant fisheries: fishing seasons, periods, opening and closing times; bag, possession, size, sex, and harvest limits, harvest levels, thresholds or quotas; bycatch provisions; districts, subdistricts, sections, subsections, areas, and other management boundaries; locations open and closed to fishing; methods and means; gear and vessel restrictions, marking, definitions, operational requirements and limitations, registration and permit requirements; registration areas (including exclusive and superexclusive registration areas), permits, harvest record, harvest marking requirements; management plans for conservation, development and allocation among beneficial uses; guiding principles; require, restrict or prohibit the retention, tendering, sale, release, or purchase of fish; methods of release; registration and reporting requirements for fish guides, guided anglers, catchers, processors, buyers and transporters; onboard observer requirements; fish storage and inspection requirements.
 
B.    In the subsistence fisheries: identify subsistence uses and users; fishing seasons, periods, opening and closing times, harvest levels; methods and means; size, age, and sex limitations; districts, subdistricts, sections, subsections, areas, and other management boundaries; locations open and closed to fishing; gear and vessel restrictions and operational requirements; harvest limits, registration and permit requirements, requirements for marking and possession of fish; management plans for conservation, development and allocation among beneficial uses, and users; identify customary and traditional uses of fish stocks, determine amounts reasonably necessary for subsistence uses, and establish, change or adjust subsistence and personal use fisheries.
 

2.     The following additional topics are added to the Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, and Miscellaneous Shellfish (except Southeast / Yakutat) Fisheries, and Supplemental Issues Meeting (March 17-20, 2015):

 
A.    IN THE BERING SEA DISTRICT TANNER CRAB COMMERCIAL FISHERY: Consider amending the C. bairdi Tanner crab harvest strategy to change the size of exploitable legal male Tanner crab for the purpose of calculating total allowable catch in waters east of 166° W longitude in the Bering Sea District. (newly assigned Proposal 268 - formerly ACR #1)

 

B.    IN THE NORTON SOUND SECTION KING CRAB COMMERCIAL FISHERY:

 
a.             Consider amending the Norton Sound Section red king crab harvest strategy to develop a guideline harvest level for the winter commercial season. (newly assigned Proposal 269 – formerly ACR #4)

 

b.             Consider changing the duration of the Norton Sound winter through-the-ice commercial king crab fishing season. (newly assigned Proposal 270 – formerly ACR #5)

 
C.    IN THE KUSKOKWIM RIVER SUBSISTENCE FINFISH FISHERY:


a.             Consider requiring four-inch mesh gillnets to be operated only as set gillnets in the Kuskokwim River during times of king salmon conservation. (newly assigned Proposal 271 – formerly ACR #6)

 

b.             Consider providing the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game emergency order authority to restrict gillnet gear in the Kuskokwim River drainage. (newly assigned Proposal 272 – formerly ACR #8)

 
D.    IN THE YUKON RIVER SUBSISTENCE SALMON FISHERY:

 
a.             Consider changing the date during which drift gillnet fishing for summer chum salmon may begin in the upper section of Yukon River Subdistrict 4A. (newly assigned Proposal 273 – formerly ACR #9)

 

b.             Consider allowing fish wheel fishermen in the Yukon Area to retain king salmon when some harvest is justified based upon inseason run assessment. (newly assigned Proposal 274 – formerly ACR #10)

 
E.     IN THE BRISTOL BAY SALMON COMMERCIAL FISHERY: Consider changing the Naknek-Kvichak District boundary line at Graveyard Point to include two historically fished set net sites. (newly assigned Proposal 275 – formerly ACR #11)

 

F.     IN THE STATEWIDE COMMERCIAL FISHERY GENERAL PROVISIONS: Consider redefining the method used to determine maximum overall length of salmon purse seine vessels. (newly assigned Proposal 276 – formerly ACR #26)

 

The board will continue its work on Proposal 44, tabled at the January 2014 Kodiak finfish meeting during the 2013/2014 meeting cycle. The board tabled Proposal 44 and created the Gulf of Alaska Pollock Work Group to gain greater information on the pros and cons of creating a state waters pollock fishery. Starting in April 2014, and later in October 2014, the Work Group met and accumulated information related to Proposal 44. It is anticipated the board will convene another work group meeting and resume work on Proposal 44 at its March 2015 Statewide meeting.

 

At its 2014 work session the board created the Kuskokwim Subsistence Salmon Panel to meet with Kuskokwim communities and stakeholders to obtain feedback on newly assigned Kuskokwim River Subsistence Finfish Fishery proposals 271 and 272, and Kuskokwim River king salmon subsistence fishing. The work group will travel to the region and convene meetings to gain feedback prior to hearing these proposals at the Statewide meeting in Anchorage in March 2015. The panel may also carry additional observations and recommendations to the Board’s October 2015 work session.

 

The board will hold a special meeting of appropriate regulatory agencies and stakeholders to gain information on newly assigned Proposal 276. The board plans to hold this meeting on a date to be determined at the Southeast and Yakutat Finfish Meeting, February 23 – March 3, 2015, in Sitka, Alaska.

 

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, (907) 465-4110, or http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main.

 

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to the private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments limited to no more than 100 single-sided or 50 double-sided pages to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, at P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526. Additionally, the Boards Support Section will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-6094, by email to dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov (PDF format only), or online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main. Comments are due no later than two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topics are considered. Unless otherwise specified for a particular meeting in a published notice, written comments exceeding the page limit from any one individual or group relating to proposals at any one meeting will not be accepted. Written comments limited to 10 single-sided or 5 double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group are accepted after the two-week deadline and inserted in board member workbooks at the beginning of the meeting, and accepted until the board begins proposal deliberations.
 
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT STANDARD:
 
During a meeting written comments from any one individual or group may be submitted by hand delivery at any time if 28 copies are provided. Individuals not in attendance at a meeting may fax comments to 907-465-6094. As a practical matter, comments submitted after the board begins deliberations on relevant proposals are likely to receive less consideration than comments submitted earlier.
 
Once proposal deliberations begins at meetings, the board will ONLY accept written comments on the topics being considered at the meeting from any one individual or group that are not more than five single-sided pages, or the equivalent number of double-sided pages, unless specific information is requested by the board that requires more pages than allowed under this standard.
 
Each meeting will generally start at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of the meeting dates below unless the board directs a different start time. The public oral testimony period of each regulatory meeting begins after staff reports and continues until everyone who has signed up timely and is present has an opportunity to be heard. The board will take oral testimony only from those who register before the cut-off time announced by the board chair at each meeting. The length of oral statements may be limited to three minutes or less. Anyone interested in, or affected by, the subject matter contained in this legal notice should make written or oral comments to have their views considered by the board. Additional public hearings with board committees may be held during the meeting before proposal deliberation.

 

TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE
 

Prince William Sound Upper Copper/Upper Susitna Finfish

December 3-8, 2014

Mt. Eccles Elementary School, 201 Adams Street, Cordova, Alaska

 

Southeast and Yakutat Crab, Shrimp, and Miscellaneous Shellfish

January 21-27, 2015

Nolan Center, 1096 Outer Drive, Wrangell, Alaska

                                                                                                                                   

Southeast and Yakutat Finfish

February 23-March 3, 2015

Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka, Alaska

 

Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Miscellaneous Shellfish (except Southeast and Yakutat) and Supplemental Issues

March 17-20, 2015

Sheraton Hotel, 216, 401 E 6th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska

 
Any changes to meeting locations, dates or times, or rescheduling of topics or subject matter will be announced by news release. Please watch for these announcements in the news media or call (907) 465-4110. Please carefully review the PROPOSAL INDEX available for the meeting for specific proposals to be addressed by the board. Copies of the proposal indices are in the proposal book, available online at http://ww.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/, and at the relevant meeting.
 
Anyone interested in or affected by subsistence, personal use, commercial fishing, sport, guided sport, or aquatic plant regulations is hereby informed that the Board of Fisheries may consider any or all of the subject areas covered by this notice. Under AS 44.62.200(b), the board may review the full range of activities appropriate to any of the subjects listed in this notice. The board may make changes to the personal use, sport, guided sport or commercial fishing regulations as may be required to ensure the subsistence priority in AS 16.05.258. On its own motion, after public hearing, the board may adopt, amend, reject, supplement, or take no action on these subjects without further notice. In addition, the board may adopt other regulations necessary to implement, administer, or enforce the regulations adopted. THE BOARD IS NOT LIMITED BY THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE OR CONFINES OF THE ACTUAL PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE PUBLIC OR STAFF. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations. YOU SHOULD COMMENT DURING THE TIME ALLOWED IF YOUR INTERESTS COULD BE AFFECTED.
 
If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodation in order to participate in the proposed regulation process, please contact Glenn Haight at (907) 465-4110 no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of each meeting to ensure necessary accommodations can be provided.
 
Statutory Authority: AS 16.05 - AS 16.20, AS 16.40
Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 16.05 - AS 16.20, AS 16.40
Fiscal Information: The proposed regulatory actions are not expected to require an increased appropriation.
 
 
 
 
_______________________________                                 ___11/03/2014_____
Glenn Haight, Executive Director                                         Date
Alaska Board of Fisheries

 
ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS NOTICE INFORMATION

(AS 44.62.190(g))

1.               Adopting Agency: Alaska Board of Fisheries.

 
2.               General subject of regulations: IN THE PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND (INCLUDING UPPER COPPER RIVER, UPPER SUSITNA RIVER, PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND SALTWATER, AND COPPER RIVER DISTRICT) FINFISH FISHERY; SOUTHEAST AND YAKUTAT FINFISH FISHERIES; SOUTHEAST AND YAKUTAT CRAB, SHRIMP, AND MISCELLANEOUS SHELLFISH FISHERIES; AND STATEWIDE (except Southeast and Yakutat) DUNGENESS CRAB, SHRIMP AND MISCELLANEOUS SHELLFISH FISHERIES.

 
3.               Citation of regulations: 5 AAC 01 - 5 AAC 77.

 
4.               Department of Law file number (if any):

 

o   JU2014200580 – Prince William Sound and Upper Copper/Upper Susitna Rivers Finfish
o   JU2014200581 – Southeast and Yakutat Shellfish
o   JU2014200582 – Southeast and Yakutat Finfish
o   JU2014200583 – Statewide Dungeness, Shrimp, and Miscellaneous Shellfish (except Southeast and Yakutat) and Supplemental Issues
 
5.               Reason for proposed actions: Implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of AS 16.05 - AS 16.20, AS 16.40.

 
6.               Appropriation/Allocation: Natural Resources and all RDUs

 
7.               Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding: It is not possible to estimate the costs. However, these actions are not expected to require any additional costs.

 
8.               The name of the contact person for the regulations:

                        Glenn Haight, Executive Director

                        Alaska Board of Fisheries

                        PO Box 115526

                        Juneau, AK 99811-5526

                        (907) 465-4110

                        Email: glenn.haight@alaska.gov

 
8.         The origin of the proposed action:

            [X]      staff or state agency

            [X]      general public

 
9.         Date: November 3, 2014                    Prepared by: 
                                                                        Glenn Haight, Executive Director
                                                                        Alaska Board of Fisheries
                                                                        (907) 465-4110

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE

ALASKA BOARD OF FISHERIES


 

Notice is given that the Alaska Board of Fisheries will hold a teleconference on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 9:00am – 11:00am.  The purpose of the teleconference is to consider a petition for an emergency regulation submitted by the Kuskokwim Salmon Working Group requesting the board to amend the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 07.365) to limit subsistence gillnets of 4-inch mesh size to setnets only for king salmon conservation in the Kuskokwim River.   

 

The board will not take oral public testimony during the teleconference.  Listen-only teleconference sites will be provided to the public in Anchorage, Bethel, and Juneau at the following locations:

 

Juneau ADF&G Office, 1255 W. 8th Street, Caribou Conference Room

Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W 4th Ave Suite 200

Bethel Legislative Information Office, 301 Willow Street

A live audio stream of the meeting is intended to be available on the Board of Fisheries website which can be accessed at:  www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov.  Meeting materials will also be posted on this website and will be available through the Department of Fish and Game Boards Support Section.  For information about the meeting or meeting materials, contact the Boards Support Section at (907) 465-4110.

 

If you are a person with a disability who may need a special accommodation in order to participate, please contact the Boards Support Section at (907) 465-4110 no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

 

If the Board takes emergency action to repeal the regulation, the repeal will expire 120 days after it becomes effective, pursuant to AS 44.62.260, and the Board will need to take additional regulatory action to make the repeal permanent.  If so, the Board will either provide additional notice of, and opportunity to comment on, further regulatory action to make the repeal permanent, or delegate to the Commissioner further regulatory action to make the repeal permanent.     

 

 

 

___________________________                                                          May 12, 2014       

Glenn Haight, Executive Director                                                     Date

Alaska Board of Fisheries

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CHIGNIK MANAGEMENT AREA 2014 STATE-WATERS PACIFIC COD GUIDELINE HARVEST LEVEL



Publication Date:

1/15/14 10:45 AM



Location:

Westward Region-Chignik-Areawide .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Pot .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Westward Region-Chignik-Areawide .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/381035346.pdf .

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Commercial Fishing / Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery Announcement
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:07:16 PM »

Southeast Alaska Geoduck Clam Fishery Announcement



Publication Date:

1/14/14 9:15 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Shellfish-Misc .



Gear Type:

Dive .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380902746.pdf .

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Southeast Alaska Commercial Tanner Crab Fishing Season Announcement




Publication Date:

1/9/14 8:45 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Tanner Crab .



Gear Type:

Pot .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380804538.pdf .

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Kodiak, Chignik, and South Alaska Peninsula – Eastern District 2014 Black Rockfish Guideline Harvest Levels and Dark Rockfish Bycatch Limits



Publication Date:

1/2/14 2:47 PM



Location:

Westward Region-Kodiak-Areawide .



Species Type:

Rockfish .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Westward Region-South Peninsula-Areawide .



Species Type:

Rockfish .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Westward Region-Chignik-Areawide .



Species Type:

Rockfish .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380650021.pdf .

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2014 Southeast Alaska Directed Pacific Cod Fishery Announcement




Publication Date:

1/2/14 10:00 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Longline .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380579672.pdf .

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Sport Fishing / 2014 Southeast Alaska Lingcod Allocation Announcement
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:04:12 PM »

2014 Southeast Alaska Lingcod Allocation Announcement



Publication Date:

1/2/14 9:30 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Lingcod .



Gear Type:

Longline .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Lingcod .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380485401.pdf .

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Groundfish Bycatch In The 2014 Commercial Salmon Troll Fishery



Publication Date:

1/2/14 9:15 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380184137.pdf .

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2014 Southeast Alaska Directed Black Rockfish Fishery Announcement



Publication Date:

1/2/14 9:00 AM



Location:

Southeast Region-Southeast/Yakutat-Southeast .



Species Type:

Rockfish .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/380081232.pdf .

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2014 PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND AND COPPER RIVER SALMON FORECAST SUMMARY



Publication Date:

1/15/14 5:00 PM



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Coghill .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Coghill .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Copper River .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Montague .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Unakwik .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Unakwik .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Coghill .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Montague .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Eshamy .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southeastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Eastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Bering River .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southeastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Bering River .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Eastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Copper River .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southeastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Unakwik .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Eshamy .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Montague .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Personal Use, Subsistence .



Activity:

Subsistence .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Eastern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Southwestern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Seine .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Central Region-Prince William Sound-Northern .



Species Type:

Salmon .



Gear Type:

Gillnet .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/381384801.pdf .

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SOUTH ALASKA PENINSULA AREA 2014 STATE-WATERS PACIFIC COD GUIDELINE HARVEST LEVEL


Publication Date:

1/15/14 10:45 AM



Location:

Westward Region-South Peninsula-Areawide .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Pot .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Location:

Westward Region-South Peninsula-Areawide .



Species Type:

Pacific Cod .



Gear Type:

Jig, Troll, Dinglebar .



Activity:

Commercial Fishing .



Internet Link:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/applications/dcfnewsrelease/381110459.pdf .

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