I just talked with the local staff about the status of the UCI regulations. What I heard was disturbing. First, the regulations were sent to the LT. Gov for his signing and after they were sent the local staff found numerous errors - 6-9 from what I am told. So a correction was sent up to the Lt. Gov.
Second, staff is still in conflict on what was passed or not passed. It appears the regional staff differ within divisions and between divisions. At the local level even the area biologists and assistant biologists differ. I guess there is a long email train if someone could get it and read it.
So no matter what side of the allocation issue one is on we should all require a full review of the past Board of Fish meeting by the legislature and Department leadership. It appears that the public process is not being followed, confusion is the order of the day, and staff just appear to go along with the powers to be regardless of what is correct. I believe that they are all hoping no one will say anything and this Board meeting will go away.
Just for the record and as an example I asked over two months ago for the Kenai River in-river sockeye salmon goals. How the Board voted on each tier and where in the record that took place. The executive Director of the Board of Fish told me to ask the acting regional supervisor of Comm Fish. I did that ASAP. Last week after hearing nothing I requested the information again - nothing - no response at all. What kind of system is it that something as important as the Kenai River sockeye salmon goals by each tier are not available with the votes for the public to view and see if they match the discussion. Right now it is my understanding from some staff that the middle tier was never discussed and so ADF&G just filled in the blanks. Maybe that is why they do not want to the public to know. Sad state of fish management in my opinion.