Consultant Denby Lloyd announced his resignation from the position to the entire work group, during a Monday morning meeting.
Lloyd has accepted a position in Anchorage as the executive director of the North Pacific Research Board, a group that works to create an understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea and Arctic ecosystems and fisheries to create effective management.
Lloyd’s last day working for the Kodiak fisheries work group is Oct. 16.
During his time as consultant for the city and borough, Lloyd has used his fisheries expertise to lead the group in developing goals, a level of involvement in fishing policies and a presence in front of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.
“Over the past year and a half, year and three quarters, I think you’ve made great strides in asserting a voice in the North Pacific Council arena,” Lloyd said. “I think it bodes well for having the community interest represented at the council. I’m happy and proud to have been a part of that with you.”
Work group members expressed their thanks to Lloyd and the direction he has taken the group in.
“I think it has been a successful experiment we’ve been involved in,” councilman Terry Haines said. “I think it has increased our legitimacy at least to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. We’ve gone from having them groan from seeing our comments coming in, to having them actually look at our comments and saying that’s something we hoped to have.”
City mayor Pat Branson mentioned the need to put out a request for proposals (RFP) for the fisheries consultant position as soon as possible.
In other business, the work group discussed the Alaska Board of Fish proposals that are related to Kodiak, specifically touching on statewide Pacific cod, Kodiak finfish and statewide King and Tanner crab issues. The work group determined IT didn’t want to take a specific stance on any of the proposals since the meeting is approaching in October.
“I don’t think it’s the time for us to get involved in this…it’s a completely different process,” Branson said.
The work group asked Lloyd to draft a letter to the Alaska Board of Fish that expresses general comment and lets the board know that Kodiak is interested in the economic wellbeing of all its residents.
The fisheries work group will meet next at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14 in the borough conference room. At that meeting, the work group will discuss the consultant RFP, the makeup of the group with attendance requirements, and a recap of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting.
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