The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission was honored at the March 4 Mat-Su Borough Assembly meeting for efforts at the recently completed Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting, securing changes aimed at improving the health of our Northern District fishery.
I am a member of this commission and want to point out the other folks who helped bring about these significant changes.
The commission is an authorized agency of the Mat-Su Borough. Without the assembly’s support, we wouldn’t have been able to parlay our conservation concerns in the Northern District.
We received testimony from the cities of Houston, Palmer and Wasilla.
Several of our valley legislators also submitted written statements about our conservation issues. Members from the Mat Valley and Anchorage Fish and Game Advisory Committees presented testimony and served on committees. Hundreds of Northern District residents submitted written and/or oral testimony. This level of public support hasn’t been seen in decades, if ever.
Two of our staff members are public relations specialists and played a major part in publicizing Board of Fisheries happenings and “getting the word out” about submitting comments. And let us not forget our friends to the south, Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association for their support as well.
While the MSBFWC might have been the tip of the spear, there were a bunch of other folks who played very important and key roles in our efforts. To all of them, I say a heartfelt “Thank You.”
I was raised to thank a person. It would be appropriate for those interested in healthy Cook Inlet fisheries to thank the BOF for changing the basic approach to how salmon will be managed in Cook Inlet. Send your thanks to Board Support, P. O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526 or email them through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.