Council Holds First Hybrid Meeting
For the first time in two years, the Council met in-person, along with an online option for presenters and attendees. The meeting was held at the Anchorage Hilton, using double the meeting space allowing for extra distancing for both the Council members as well as the public following COVID protocols. Council administrative staff engineered the hybrid approach which also allowed remote public comment if a stakeholder indicated they would be testifying remotely. The zoom addresses, documents, presentations and motions were all available through the eAgenda, as were sign-ups for public comment by agenda item. The Council intends to keep the hybrid portion of the meeting for June, but may re-assess at a future date depending on the internet capabilities of upcoming meeting venues and locations. If you attended the meeting, either in person or remotely, and have logistical or technical feedback, please email email@example.com.
Welcome New Council Members
The Council introduced new members Mr. Jon Kurland and Ms. Sara Boario. Mr. Kurland is the new Regional Administrator in Alaska for NOAA Fisheries, and has served various senior roles in the Alaska Region, most recently as Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources. Ms. Boario is the new Regional Director for USFW Alaska Region, and recently served as the Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs in Alaska. We welcome both in their new roles.