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Karl Johnstone resigned from the Board of Fisheries Jan. 20 after Gov. Bill Walker told him he would not be nominated for a third term. Johnstone, who was chair of the board, was replaced by Walker with Roland Maw of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association. Comment?
Chitina personal use fishermen will have an increased bag limit in 2015, one of just a few changes made at the triennial Board of Fisheries meeting for the Prince William Sound, Upper Copper River and Upper Susitna River region. During its five-day meeting in Cordova, the board heard 57 proposals for changes to the region's fisheries. Comment?
Alaska is poised for some big fish stories next year based on predictions trickling in from state and federal managers. For the state's largest fishery - Alaska pollock - the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its 10-year average to top nine million tons, or 20 billion pounds. Comment?
A ballot measure to protect salmon in Southwest Alaska hasn't grabbed as many headlines as pot and campaign politics. Ballot Measure 4, sponsored by the group Bristol Bay Forever, asks voters to give the Alaska Legislature final say on any large oil, gas and mining projects in the 36,000 square miles of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. Comment?
State Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, is the chair of the House "bush caucus" and will speak at the AFN Annual Convention Oct. 24. Edgmon said tightening budgets will make protecting rural programs the priorities for the caucus in the next Legislative session. The biggest challenge facing rural legislators in 2015 will be the tightening of state revenues and pressures to cut budgets, says Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, who headed the House "bush caucus" in the 2013-14 state Legislative session. Comment?
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