After three days of hearings and public testimony, the Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted paired, step-down methods for managing the Cook Inlet fishery with special restrictions included for Kenai king conservation.
“The Kenai kings are not out of danger, but these measures go a long way with giving the Department Fish and Game the management tools they need for protecting King salmon,” said Ricky Gease, Kenai River Sportfishing Association executive director. “The regulations share the burden of conservation on all user groups including the commercial, sport, and personal-use fisherman.”
Citing the 10-year decline of king salmon on the Kenai River, severe economic impacts to area business and to the state’s reputation for iconic Kenai kings, the board voted six to one to pass the new regulations for king salmon management during periods of low returns.
The new regulation highlights include:
• paired restrictions for all user groups
• commercial set netters will apply gear restrictions and shallow fishing methods as needed
• conservation measures enacted for August fishery. Based on scientific research and testimony by commercial fishermen, the board provided incentives for the use of shallow nets in Upper Cook Inlet.
For more information, follow the board on Facebook or twitter #boardoffisheries.
Alaska’s annual “College Goal” FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application completion program kicks off this week with events all across Alaska. College Goal Alaska, part of the national College Goal Sunday SM program, brings application assistance to help individuals — particularly low-income and first-generation college goers — complete the essential annual step to receiving financial aid for postsecondary education.
The College Goal Alaska event in Homer is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Kachemak Bay Campus, Pioneer Hall. The event is geared toward all who plan to apply for Pell Grant to attend KBC — or another university — this fall. For more information, contact Dean Sundmark at 235-1655.
This year’s College Goal Alaska is made possible through a grant from USAFunds.
FAFSA submission deadlines vary for the many aid programs that rely on the FAFSA. Students should aim to complete the FAFSA by mid-February, if possible, to be considered for the most available financial aid. Parents and students are encouraged not to wait to until after they complete their 2013 income tax return because they may miss some opportunities by doing so.
Christian Community Church will host an interdenominational women’s conference with Leslie Leyland Fields on Feb. 21 from 7-9 p.m., and Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The $25 admission includes a Saturday brunch. Preregistration is recommended and available by contacting Homerchics@gmail.com.
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