Panel will review salmon fisheries science

A Senate field hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage to review current science behind Alaska’s salmon fisheries and to identify information gaps.

It will be led by Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard.

The first panel will include Chris Oliver, NOAA’s assistant administrator for Fisheries, and Alaska Commissioner of Fish and Game Sam Cotten, with Cotten to be advised by Bill Templin, chief fisheries scientist for ADF&G.

The second panel will include Milo Adkison, Betsy Baker, Karen Gillis, Katrina Hoffman and Mary Sattler Peltola.

Adkison chairs the Fisheries Department within the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Baker is the executive director of the North Pacific Research Board. Gillis is the executive director of the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association. Hoffman is the president and chief executive officer of the Prince William Sound Science Center. Peltola is the executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.