be a hot time in the old town tonight as the Cod LLP recency letter comes up
again at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly work session. Past meetings have
drawn large crowds of people on both sides of the issue.
assembly is weighing whether to send a letter to the Secretary of Commerce
asking him to reject the plan proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management
Council that would permanently remove nearly 800 fixed-gear cod licenses in the
Gulf of Alaska. The removal would be of licenses held by fishermen who have not
fished them within a certain eligibility window.
On one side
are those who say taking that many licenses away would be a barrier to others
wanting to enter the fishery. They point out that many fishermen target
different species at different times, and shouldn't be forced out of the fixed
gear cod fishery just because they haven't fished them enough. On the other
side are those who have fished their licenses and believe the borough should
stay out of issue.
addressed to Secretary Gary Locke, was proposed by Assemblywoman Sue
Jeffrey. It requests that a thorough socio-economic analysis be made of the effects
of extinguishing so many permits. The letter states that limiting access to the
cod fishery to the proposed degree may not be in the best interest of Kodiak
and other coastal communities.
Also on the
agenda for tonight's meeting is a discussion of possible funding options for
the borough and school district's list of renewal and replacement projects.
assembly work session gets under way at