During the meeting the fisheries subcommittee looked at addressing an item on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October meeting agenda.
NPFMC plans to take up a program to manage prohibited species catch, provide incentive for the minimization of bycatch, and create vessel-level accountability for the Central Gulf of Alaska trawl groundfish fishery.
“This is the time for local governments to express general statements of what you’d like the program to accomplish,” Lloyd said. “I think the council would welcome community input, because it hasn’t had that much in the past.”
Lloyd recommended outlining five points that express community interest in the program and generate benchmarks and objectives.
Some of the points the subcommittee looked at but have not finalized include maintaining revenues for landings across Kodiak’s dock, maintaining revenue across Kodiak’s community, and minimizing the consolidation of the fleet.
Before the fisheries subcommittee takes any action, committee members will look at NPFMC’s economic analysis to see what information is missing that is essential to analyzing how the issue would affect Kodiak.
“We need to be sure it’s based on economics to the community, nothing more, nothing less,” borough assembly member Louise Stutes said. “The basic issue is economic impact to the Kodiak Island Borough.”
The fisheries subcommittee also discussed the idea of putting together a Pebble Mine resolution identifying the governments’ opinions on the issue.
“We all know people who go over there,” Kodiak city Mayor Pat Branson said. “I think before we do anything we need to bring it before both bodies.”
The subcommittee will bring this issue and a report of their meeting to the joint work session today at 7 p.m. in the Borough Building.
The fisheries subcommittee will meet next at 9 a.m. on July 9 in the Kodiak Island Borough conference room.
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