Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Council to reach out to rural Alaska today

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has felt some heat in recent months from residents of western Alaska, chiefly over the issue of the Bering Sea pollock trawl fleet's incidental catches of Yukon River king salmon.

To show some deference to rural Alaskans, the council in June appointed a Rural Community Outreach Committee to help Native and rural communities better connect with council business.

The committee meets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Deckboss presumes this is a public meeting. Here's the agenda.

Eric Olson, the North Pacific Council chairman, also chairs the rural outreach committee. Other members are Paula Cullenberg, Duncan Fields, Jennifer Hooper, Tom Okleasik, Ole Olsen and Pete Probasco.

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