I mostly deal with the game side of things, BOG and BGCSB and AC meetings and such. I've been participating in the Fbks BOF meeting last few days. My last BOF meeting before this was at a UCI meeting 8 or 10 years ago (don't recall), and as much as I think BOG meetings are contentious, that was a bit much for me on the fish side.
Anywho, I was surprised to learn of this "committee of the whole" or whatever it is whereby the public is again allowed to give comments on proposals after the formal comment period. I took the mic today on a proposal I was interested in.
So when exactly did this process happen? Why isn't it done on the BOG side? (This meeting on Kusko/Yukon/NW Arctic is likely much smaller in scale that others, so the Board allowed 3 of their members to conduct the regional committee meetings on the record without breaking them up into smaller groups etc. So it was all on the record on the internet.)
I'm not sure I really support it or not, the same people speak on numerous proposals and the Board is implying this allows a more thorough expression from the public, i.e. help us make the decisions based on your further input. Which is all well and good, I heard some great thoughts today during these comment periods. But still ... if we only give 3 minutes to testify as a member of the public, and 10 min. for ACs, then we give unlimited time during these committee sub-group comments to further expound on positions, well what is the real rationale in doing this?
I'd say a couple AC reps today during this comment period spent 10-15 minutes further each (and again) explaining the AC's position. This is along with RCs and AC comments they also had submitted.