Feds Seek Input On Kodiak’s ‘Fishing Community Profile’

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Today is the last day to register for a chance to give input on Kodiak’s official profile as a fishing community. NOAA keeps profiles of fishing communities based largely on census data and keeps them in a database. And on Monday residents of Kodiak and surrounding communities are invited to review the profiles and offer their input.

The federal agency’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center has already held public meetings in five communities including Anchorage and Dutch Harbor. Kodiak’s turn will be all day Monday at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center on Near Island.

NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle in Juneau explains the value of NOAA’s fishing community profiles.

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NOAA logged 136 Alaskan fishing communities in 2005. Allison Durland is a research assistant in NOAA’s Seattle office. She notes the current community profiles relied on census data from the year 2000.

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Already about 20 people have signed up including fishermen, representative from processors, researchers and staff from legislators. But Durland says all are welcome and the process benefits from the input from a broad range of people.

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The session is free and funding is available on a limited basis for those who have to travel from remote communities. Also, because breakfast and lunch will be served, NOAA is asking participants to RSVP by today. That can be done by calling Allison Durland directly at 206-817-8829.

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