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Regional Recreational Fisheries Contact:

Chris Lunsford
Chris.Lunsford@noaa.gov
907-739-6008

National Recreational Fisheries Contacts:

Russell Dunn
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727-551-5740

Tim Sartwell
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301-727-8535


Alaska Regional Recreational Fisheries Roundtable Summary

December 7, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

The Alaska Regional Recreational Fisheries Roundtable was the first of nine planned public discussions with saltwater recreational fishermen scheduled through the Spring of 2017.  These conversations are the latest in a series of agency efforts over the last seven years to develop a strong working partnership with recreational fishermen.  A similar set of meetings conducted in 2013 was well received by recreational fishing interests and bolstered mutual understanding of priorities between saltwater recreational fishermen and NOAA Fisheries.
The 2016-2017 discussions look to build on past progress by creating new and strengthening existing relationships; identifying mutual interests; highlighting regional concerns and priorities; identifying inter-regional issues; and providing NOAA Fisheries with important clarifications and insights to inform regional and national agency planning.

Discussion Summary

This summary provides a condensed overview of the general opinions expressed during the discussion in Anchorage, AK; it is not a meeting transcript.  Many of the topics were discussed at length.

Management

Fishery management issues were the primary discussion topic during the meeting. Perspectives included:

Research

Potential and ongoing research projects involving recreational fishermen and research grant programs were discussed.  Points raised included:

Long-Term Concerns for the Future of Recreational Fisheries

Fishermen were asked to identify their most significant concerns about the long-term viability of recreational fishing.  Issues identified included: