…Public comment, in combination with advisory committee comments and ADF&G staff presentations, provide the Board of Fisheries with useful biological and socioeconomic information. Written comments become public documents. The following are recommendations for providing written comments:
Public comments are limited to no more than 100 single-sided or 50 double-sided pages so that the comments are received no later than two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topic will be considered. Written public comments limited to 10 single-sided or five double-sided pages in length from any one individual or group will also be accepted after the two-week deadline, but will not be inserted in board member workbooks until the beginning of the meeting, and will only be accepted until the board begins deliberation of proposals.
List the Proposal Number
Written comments should indicate the proposal number to which the comments apply and should clearly indicate whether you “support” or “oppose” the proposal. This will help ensure written comments are correctly noted for the board members. If the comments support a modification in the proposal, please indicate “support as amended” and provide your preferred amendment in writing. You do not need to list the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) number.
Please Explain Why You Support or Oppose the Proposal
This helps the board understand the rationale for your recommendation and identify factors that should be taken into account when acting on the proposal. A brief description consisting of a couple of sentences on why you support or oppose the proposal is sufficient.
Comments must be received no later than two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topic will be considered. Written comments received after the two-week deadline will still be accepted but will not be inserted in board member workbooks until the beginning of the meeting or cross-referenced with individual proposals.