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Deadline for local crab proposals is April 10


Residents wanting changes in local subsistence crabbing regulations have until April 10 to submit proposals to the state Board of Fisheries. The board will consider Southeast shellfish and finfish regulatory proposals next year.

Any individual can make a proposal to change existing regulations. Forms are at the Fish and Game office.

“This is pretty important. People were pretty excited and concerned about (Dungeness) crab going away. The state said at that time the best way to influence that is to make a proposal. April is the time to do that,” said Tim McDonough, chair of the Upper Lynn Canal Advisory Committee to the boards of Fish and Wildlife.

A crab proposal request also is on the agenda for an upcoming meeting of the advisory committee, starting 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the assembly chambers.

Agenda items will include election of officers, agency reports, and discussion of a recent Fish and Game commissioner’s denial of the committee’s petition to rescind the reciprocal fishing license arrangement with the Yukon Territory.

There also will be a report from the meeting of the joint boards, and discussion of Board of Fisheries statewide king and tanner cab proposals and Board of Game proposals.

Members recently elected to the citizen committee include Jamie King, Dean Risley, Johnny Gamble of Klukwan and Luke Rauscher of Skagway.


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