DNR, ADF&G hold net pen meeting

Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten hold a public listening session Monday on net pen aquaculture development in Tutka Bay. The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The meeting also includes an update on the planning process underway for the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park. For additional details, contact Mary Kay Ryckman at marykay.ryckman@alaska.gov or 907-269-8426.

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association proposes moving pink salmon fish rearing pens from Tutka Bay Lagoon to the head of Tutka Bay, where fry would imprint and return to that area instead of the lagoon, not mixing with other salmon stocks and making fishing easier. The net pens would be set up from mid-March to mid-June.