North Pacific Fishery Management Council wrapped up its weeklong meeting in
Kodiak Tuesday. The last day consisted mostly of setting the agendas for
upcoming meetings and tasking council staff with producing reports on various
topics. The council also said goodbye to one member who will be leaving due to
term limits. And they did it all with a little bit of humor. KMXT’s Casey Kelly
Eric Olson says he’s happy with how the meeting in Kodiak turned out. The
council had an agenda packed with issues important to the local community, and
despite being about a day and a half behind at one point, they were able to
catch up and finish the meeting on time.
1 :34s “…really
valuable to me.”)
Fields, who is from Kodiak and sits on the council, was also pleased with the
meeting, but admits to feeling a little tired.
1 :17s “…seven
days of work.”)
of the last actions taken by the council was a move suggested by Fields to
postpone initial review of two items that would limit the amount and scope of
fishing effort in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. Instead of taking
that up at the council’s October meeting, it’s been moved back to December.
2 :24s “…of
council also said goodbye to John Bundy, who has served the maximum nine
consecutive years allowed by term limits. Bundy, who will continue to serve as
the council’s vice chair until his replacement is sworn in at the October
meeting, is the president of Seattle based Glacier Fish Company and one of two
council members appointed based on the recommendation of the governor of
Washington state. He became the butt of some jokes during his final meeting.
1 :21s “…very
nice, I thought.”)
who many in the public credit with running a very respectful and inclusive
meeting, says keeping things light is one of his goals every time the council
gets together. He says members even had fun with some of the colorful phrases
thrown out there during public testimony, playing a version of Kodiak buzzword
bingo that included such sayings as “quagmire,” “shooting elephants with BB
guns” and “buyback my back.” Olson says it’s all in the name of fun.
1 :27s “…the
tension a little bit.”)
the council won’t meet again until early October in Anchorage, several
committees including the crab committee will meet throughout the summer.