Board of Fisheries not expecting more cuts

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As the Legislature finishes its work in Juneau, budgets remain in flux. But so far, there’s one little pocket of state government not anticipating any more cuts – the state Board of Fisheries.

Glenn Haight is the board’s executive director: “The session isn’t over yet, and so we don’t know what our final budget will be or how things will play out. At this point, we have the same size budget as last year so we haven’t taken any cuts. And that’s been purposefully done through the department and I think the legislature’s honored that.”

But — – Haight says the picture isn’t all roses.

“Given that next year’s a fairly expensive meeting cycle – Cook Inlet’s coming up, both lower and upper, Kodiak. A couple other meetings. Board of Game has two more meetings. We may not have enough money to complete it as normally planned.”

Haight will provide an update on the budget at the board’s teleconference meeting May 24, but doesn’t expect any action to be taken then.