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Posted 11/15/16

The Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting in Unalaska in the Unalaska Public Library on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10:00am

Teleconference is available.  Call in number: 1-800-504-8071 Code: 8425142

Agenda items will include the following:

  • Statewide King and Tanner Crab Proposals
  • Proposal 278 – Bering Sea District Tanner crab harvest strategy.
  • Follow up on local Salmon issues


For updates and further information please find us on the web at

Advisory committees are local groups that meet to discuss fishing and wildlife issues and to provide recommendations to Alaska Board of Fisheries and Alaska Board of Game. All meetings are open to the public. Advisory Committees are intended to provide a local forum on fish and wildlife issues. Their purpose includes: 1) developing regulatory proposals, 2) evaluating regulatory proposals and making recommendations to the appropriate board, 3) providing a local forum for fish and wildlife conservation and use, including matters relating to habitat, 4) advising the appropriate regional council on resources, and 5) consulting with individuals, organizations, and agencies.

If you are a person who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in any of these public meetings, please contact Taryn O’Connor-Brito at 907-842-5142 no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, to make any necessary arrangements.

Taryn O’Connor-Brito
Board Support Section
PO Box 1030
Dillingham AK 99576
Fax: 907.842-5514



Posted 11/14/16

December 2016 Council Meeting in Anchorage

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will begin their meeting week on Tuesday, December 6, and continue through Tuesday December 14, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. The agenda and schedule are now available.  Details of the meetings to be held during the week follow:

Scientific and Statistical Committee: Dec. 6-9, 8am–5pm, King Salmon/Iliamna Room
Advisory Panel: Dec. 7-11, 8am–5pm, Katmai/Dillingham Room
Charter Halibut Management Committee: Dec. 6, 9am–noon, Room TBA
RQE Committee: Dec. 6, 1–5pm, Room TBA
Ecosystem Committee: Dec. 7, 9am–noon, Room TBA
Enforcement Committee: Dec. 7, 1–4 pm, Room TBA
Council: Dec. 8-11, 8am–5pm, Aleutian Room

Deadline for written comments is 5:00 pm (AST) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and more information can be found HERE. Comments should be emailed to The Council’s meeting will be broadcast live beginning their first day via Adobe Connect.  Motions will be posted following the meeting.


Please see for more information.

Posted 11/14/16

Obama to appoint Behnken to International Pacific Halibut Commission

In a final round of appointments before his second and final term comes to a close, President Barack Obama announced on Nov. 3 his intent to appoint Linda Behnken to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Behnken is an Alaska fishing fixture and has served as an interim commissioner since July. The commission’s upcoming Nov. 29-30 meeting will be her first.

She currently serves as executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, an industry group that promotes the interests of Alaska’s small boat fishermen, and formerly served three terms on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that handles all federal fisheries from three to 200 miles off the Alaska coast.

Behnken has a full schedule ahead of her, as halibut management is complex and has several issues needing fixes.

“My goal there is to work with other commissioners and stakeholders to update the harvest policy for the directed fishery, rebuild stocks, and reduce bycatch,” she said in an interview with the Journal.