The Kodiak Fish Work Group is hosting a series of presentations and meetings to gather and distribute information on Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch this week.

Tonight is the first with a presentation providing information on Gulf trawl fishery management, bycatch control, harvest cooperatives, catch shares and more.

“From 7 to 9, we will have a catch share presentation held right here in the assembly chambers by two academic people giving their experience to sort of educate the public on what these issues are,” said Chris Lynch, an assembly member and co-chair of the work group at Thursday’s assembly meeting.

Wednesday morning’s forum will be a community discussion of Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch.

“That’s an issue we’ve been talking about for over a year now,” Lynch said. “It’s getting us closer to a point of determining a community perspective.”

The Fish Work Group meeting on Thursday will be a “debrief” following the forum, Lynch said.

Wednesday’s forum is from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. Thursday’s work group meeting is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the borough conference room in the borough building.

“If you’re interested in fish, please attend,” Lynch said.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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