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Fish and Game Set to Host Joint Meeting

By Dan Carpenter, Oil, Gas, Native Issues, Corporations and Subsistence Multimedia Reporter, dcarpenter@ktuu.com
Published On: Oct 11 2013 11:06:57 PM AKDT
Updated On: Oct 11 2013 11:09:18 PM AKDT

The Boards of Fish and Game will meet to decide issues of subsistence.

Will the state’s subsistence boundaries change?

It’s one of the issues the Alaska Boards of Game and Fisheries will consider over five days during a joint meeting. The Joint Board will take a look at over 40 proposals; many of the proposals concern the advisory committees that inform the two boards.

Currently, Alaska has five areas where subsistence hunting and fishing is not permitted.

One proposal would eliminate those non-subsistence areas. Others would modify subsistence boundaries near Fairbanks and create two new non-subsistence areas for Bethel and Kodiak. A substance priority does not apply in non-subsistence areas.

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, if the proposals are approved, then it would change where people can participate in a subsistence fishery or a subsistence hunt, not who can participate.

“The boards may allow commercial fishing, the boards may allow personal use fishing, they may allow sport fishing or general hunting but not something that's labeled subsistence hunting and fishing,” said James Fall, ADFG Statewide Program Manager for the Division of Subsistence.

The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday in downtown Anchorage at the Hilton Hotel. The general public is invited to attend or sign-up to testify prior to the deadline of 10 a.m. Sunday.

A live audio stream of the meeting will be available on the Joint Board of Fisheries and Game website.