City, Boro Want New Advisory Board
Wednesday, 04 February 2009
At a joint work
session Tuesday evening the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City
Council discussed the possible creation of a Kodiak Fisheries and Oceanic
Research Advisory Board. According to the borough's recently completed
strategic plan, the aim of the program is promoting a sustainable Kodiak
fishing industry and to support and enhance communication between Kodiak's
public officials and the research sector in order to facilitate better
communication among state, federal and university researchers.
Assembly and City
Council members were in agreement that having such a board in Kodiak is
critical for the fishing industry. Assembly member Sue Jeffrey emphasized the
need for quality scientific research.
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good science ... as a community.")
Balaban, Director of Seafood Science at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks' Fishery Technology
Center, spoke at the
meeting, saying that he appreciates the support and enthusiasm the idea is
receiving in Kodiak.
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applaud the Kodiak ... situation all around.")
the plan would create an 11-member board to include Balaban, the Borough and
City Mayors, the Borough and City managers, in addition to representatives from
NOAA, Fish and Game and other local organizations.