The decision is a loss for Ketchikan’s winter economy and is leaving some feeling cut out of the decision-making process.
Welch will continue to write a weekly column for the Anchorage Daily News, and she says she might get into podcasting.
Walton’s resignation caps a four-month tenure. In his time on the board, Walton attended one work session in Anchorage.
The board has not set a new date or location for the postponed meeting.
Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to link groundfish trawl fishing in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to halibut abundance, capping a six-year debate about curbing halibut bycatch in Alaska.
The action caps — at least for now — a six-year debate about curbing halibut bycatch in Alaska.
The Metlakatla Indian Community tribal government argues that a 1891 law gives its modern-day members unfettered rights to commercially fish around Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island.
The charges stem from federal and state investigators searching Neese’s home in December of 2019.
The lab tests samples from 17 communities in Southeast, as well as from tribes on Kodiak Island.
The Department of Natural Resources announced a new proposed 10-year lease of a 14-acre kelp farm up for public comment.