The Kenai River Sportfishing Association will be hosting the ‘Classic Roundtable on Fisheries’ on Wednesday, August 22.
There will be keynote speaker and panelists to address how fiscal, social, and ecological changes are impacting the ability to research, conserve and allocate fishery resources.
Ricky Gease, Executive Director, Kenai River Sportfishing Association: “It will feature the Keynote Address from the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, Chris Oliver, that’s the top fisheries position in the federal government. Chris is going to talk about some issues with federal funding for fisheries research and the challenges that are faced for sustainable funding for such research. Research and database management are the backbone of a sustainable fishery and it’s important that it’s addressed, and that’s what he will talk about.”
The panels will be made up of representatives from State of Alaska Salmon and People, Kenai River Sportfishing Association, and Senator Peter Micciche.
Gease: “Senator Micciche is going to talk about his bill for a voluntary set net buy back program in the Cook Inlet.”
The event is entirely open to the public and will take place at the Kenai Peninsula College, in Room 102, from 1:30 – 4:00pm.