BOF Emergency Petitions
KRSA- PWS Hatchery Emergency Petition #2 - May 16th 2018
KSRA and several other entities submitted this petition in response to the Board of Fisheries finding of no emergency. The main difference between the two petitions is the use of Regulatory language brought up at the emergency hearing, the addition of Scientific articles not previously stated on the petition, and additional fishermen form the cook inlet areas signed on to this second submission.
The board has called an emergency meeting on July 17th in Anchorage to discuss the second submission of KRSA's petition. New documentation and department comment has been published. Written comments are due by July 9th and it is critical for fishermen to respond to this petition. CDFU is currently forming its written comments to the board requesting the BOF to follow their initial plans which was to have conversations with the public at the October Work session meeting.
KRSA- PWS Hatchery Emergency Petition
This petition is asking for the Board of Fish to consider the management options for fisheries supported by hatchery pink salmon in the Prince William Sound in response to amendments made to PWS hatchery management plans to increase pink salmon production. This is an advance by sport and recreational fishing groups from the cook inlet area, the main leading organizations is the Kenai River Sportfishing Association. This petition was reviewed at the May 14th meeting and there was no finding of emergency by a vote of 3-3. No public comment was heard but there is a live audio feed here for the public to listen in. This issue will be brought up at the October 17-18th Board of Fisheries work session. CDFU is working with other organizations and the hatcheries on this issue.
Nancy H. - Emergency Petition regarding pink salmon straying
An emergency petition was filed on Dec 30th 2017 regarding pink salmon straying in the LCI. This petition asked that the board reform the Hatchery Committee and assess the production of Private Non-Profit hatcheries in Alaska. ADF&G responded that the request was not for regulatory change and that per regulatory requirements there was no finding of emergency.
This petition was then again submitted at the Southeast & Yakutat meeting and the Statewide meeting. ADF&G responded again siting no finding of emergency. The BOF brought up the petition in Misc. business discussing the establishment of a hatchery committee and then came to a final decision that public conversation would be held at annual work session meetings and final statewide meetings after annual enhancement reports were produced.