February 8, 2017
The state Board of Fisheries’ biggest meeting takes place this month with 174 regulation proposals coming under consideration for Upper Cook Inlet commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries.
The Anchorage meeting will attract a huge audience and many are unfamiliar with the board process. Board director, Glenn Haight, says a one-hour lunch meeting on the first day will run people through ropes
“What we do is we’ll walk a group through the Board of Fish process – go through the term s, the meeting lay out, how it moves from staff reports to public testimony, to committee and deliberations and just tell them where they want to fit in and get their input in and how to provide more effective testimony, how to speak to board members and make a strong impact, and just make them more familiar with it.”
When you have three minutes to make your case, it’s important to make an impression.
“It’s really important to try and be impactful and if you’re someone who is going to come back and participate in any of the committees that is a good time to save your really detailed discussions. But if you can just make for public testimony you really want to make an impression so it’s important to plan that out.”
After public testimony, Haight says the Board breaks into committees to flesh out proposal details. Haight says the process is designed to hear from as many people as possible.
Public testimony always occurs at beginning, at Upper Cook Inlet it’s likely day 2 and 3. Then the board groups into committees and it’s an opportunity for anyone to be heard about the specific details. The board can really tease out all of the important information from people in the audience so it’s a valuable opportunity for the board to hear from as many people as possible.
The Board of Fisheries meets February 23 through March 8 at the Anchorage Sheraton. Learn about the Fish Board process over lunch on the first day.