Public Hearing For Salmon Ballot Initiative Scheduled For Tuesday

Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska officials are hosting a public hearing at the Bethel Cultural Center on September 25 about a controversial salmon habitat initiative. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott will attend.

Residents of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta can testify about the salmon habitat ballot initiative from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The state will use a translator for those who wish to testify or listen in Yup’ik.

The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and anyone who wishes to testify must sign up on the sheet. Speakers can testify for two minutes. Anyone who can’t make it can testify during a statewide teleconference that will be held on October 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number for that is 844-586-9085.

Alaska law requires officials to hold a public hearing about the initiative so that they can gather public input from around the state.

A spokeswoman for Mallott says that the public hearing will not change how the initiative is written, but will help other Alaskans hear what their fellow residents think about it.

The state is hosting nine hearings, and video and audio from those meetings can be found online.