SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES OF

REGULATIONS AND OF A PUBLIC MEETING

COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ENTRY COMMISSION

Supplemental notice is given that the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, proposes to adopt a regulation change in Title 20, Chapter 05 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with an optimum number for the Bristol Bay salmon drift gillnet fishery including the following:

The Commission proposes to adopt 20 AAC 05.1147 to establish an optimum number of entry permits for the Bristol Bay salmon drift gillnet fishery.  The Commission is continuing to propose an optimum number from 800 to 1200 permits.  However, depending on public comment and further analysis an optimum number finally adopted could have different boundaries.

This is a SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE adding to the NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES that was issued on October 22, 2004 noticing this regulatory proposal.  The supplemental notice is being issued because the Commission has decided to hold additional public hearings and to extend the public comment period until June 22, 2005.

You may comment on the proposed regulation, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to Susan Haymes at Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 8800 Glacier Highway, Suite 109, Juneau, AK 99801-8079 or by email: susan_haymes@cfec.state.ak.us.  The comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 22, 2005.

Oral comments may also be submitted at hearings to be held on:

Date                Location                                                                                 Time

March 8           New Stuyahok Traditional Village Council Office                 11:00 AM

                        Newhalen City Office                                                                        

                        Igiugig Village Offices

March 15         Togiak City Office                                                                  10:00 AM

                        Koliganek Village Council Office

March 22         Pilot Point City Office                                                 11:00 AM

                        Naknek, Bristol Bay Borough Building                                  

                        Manokotak City Office

The Commission will participate in the hearings by teleconference.

For a copy of the proposed regulation change, contact Susan Haymes, Law Specialist, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, 8800 Glacier Highway, Suite 109, Juneau, AK 99801-8079, (907) 789-6160, Fax: (907) 789-6170, Email: susan_haymes@cfec.state.ak.us or go to http://www.cfec.state.ak.us.  

The Bristol Bay Salmon Drift Gillnet Fishery Optimum Number Report, upon which the Commission based its optimum number regulatory proposal for the Bristol Bay drift salmon gillnet fishery is available without charge at the Commissionís web site, http://www.cfec.state.ak.us.  Requests for paper copies should be submitted to Susan Haymes at the address listed above with a $10.00 fee for each copy.  An executive summary of the report is also available at the commissionís web site or by request without charge.

After the public comment period ends, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission will either adopt these or other provisions dealing with the same subject without further notice, or decide to take no action on them. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations. YOU SHOULD COMMENT DURING THE TIME ALLOWED IF YOUR INTERESTS COULD BE AFFECTED.

Statutory Authority:  AS 16.43.100; AS 16.43.110(a)

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 16.43.100; AS 16.43.290;

AS 16.43.990.

Fiscal Information: The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

Under the Open Meetings Act (AS 44.62.310), the Commission will conduct a public meeting in the Commissionís Conference Room 8800 Glacier Highway, Suite 109, Juneau, Alaska, on July 19, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. to consider action upon the proposed regulation. You can contact Susan Haymes for a copy of the agenda on the Friday before the scheduled meeting.  No public testimony will be accepted at this meeting.

By Direction of the
Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

Frank Homan, Commissioner
Mary McDowell, Commissioner
Bruce Twomley, Chairman

/s/ Bruce Twomley
February 11, 2005