Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:52 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Opportunities to make a difference

With all the news this summer about halibut and how they may be divided between the various user groups, it seems appropriate to mention that besides the Catch Sharing Plan, there is another issue before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that could make a difference in the future of the halibut resource.

The Gulf of Alaska Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limit is under initial review at the council's meeting in Dutch Harbor this week. Although public comment was received at this meeting, it will be extremely important that the council hears from stakeholders before the December meeting in Anchorage. Read the initial review at www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/.

One of the best ways to learn more about this process would be to attend the seminar hosted by Sea Grant and the Alaska Marine Conservation Council on Oct. 13 at the United Methodist Church in Homer. The training will begin at 5 p.m. and go to 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about giving testimony at the council meeting and also how to craft an effective comment to the council.

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council also will host its annual Ocean Boogie at Alice's at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. There will be chowder, bread, salad, a great band and live and silent auctions. Proceeds go toward AMCC's mission: "AMCC advances conservation solutions that address the interdependence between healthy marine ecosystems, vibrant local economies and rich coastal traditions. We work to conserve Alaska's world-renowned wild fisheries and diverse marine life through community outreach, grassroots advocacy, public policy, research and education."

This year's Boogie will feature the drawing of the winning tickets of the annual statewide cash drawing. For more info go to www.akmarine.org.

AMCC is recruiting Homer-area board members. If you are interested give me a call. This has been a very rewarding experience for me and I would recommend it to anyone who cares about our oceans.

Pete Wedin