City-Borough workgroup recommended a local fisheries expert as the top
contender to advise local lawmakers on fish issues.
assembly members and council members still are not convinced they want to hire
a fisheries advisor.
Maggie Wall has more.
-- (Fish Consultant 4:59 SOC)
the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council continue to have
mixed reactions to a plan to hire a fisheries to keep local decision makers
abreast of fish issues that may affect the community.
the four-member joint work group presented its recommended candidate for the
position based on two proposals received in response to a recent Request for
Proposal. The work group recommended local fisheries expert and former Alaska Department
of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd as the candidate for the position.
firm - Alaska Resource Consultancy - was one of two that responded. The other
was a Seattle
Sue Jeffrey said hiring a fisheries consultant was long overdue for a community
that whose backbone is fishing.
Councilman John Whiddon said he was an early supporter of the idea, but was now
rethinking his position for a couple reasons:
rethinking :30 "One is that...different ways."))
Jeffery, a local set netter said fishermen may disagree, but it's the
assembly's responsibility to look at the community as a whole - and that means
keeping the fishing economy strong:
-((Sue Jeffrey on
fishermen :50 Fishermen are...recreational facilities."))
Gabriel Saravia said he's not ready to support hiring a fisheries consultant.
He said if it's important, fishermen can ask for it.
Louise Stutes, whose husband is a fisherman, had a similar take and said
fishermen need to take ownership of local fish issues:
-((Louise Stutes :55
"And I agree...from their prospective."))
Assemblywoman Carol Austerman said the community needs to quit being reactive
and start being proactive on fisheries issues:
Know it was coming :36 "One of the ....know it was coming."))
In the end
the group decided they would proceed forward until they reach a point where the
issue can be voted up or down. To that end they will prepare questions to ask
Lloyd about his proposal and meet again as some future date.