NOAA aims to improve how to reach "the people who can most benefit from it." 

by | May 28, 2024

KDM: NOAA wants input on better ways to get info to fishermen, processing workers

Agency wants to “identify what we’re not doing right and how to do it better”

  • By STEVE WILLIAMS/Kodiak Daily Mirror
  •  May 23, 2024
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  • NOAA Fisheries is looking for better ways to get information to some of their main constituents, members of the fishing fleet and processing plant workers.

The agency is holding a public hearing in Kodiak next month to find out how to get the word out about regulations, research, enforcement and educational opportunities. NOAA’s Marjorie Mooney-Seus said for all of its expertise and responsibility, NOAA needs to improve how it gets information the last mile to the people who can most benefit from it. 

“We found that people could know about a research initiative, but they may not have easy access to information on fisheries regulations, so what we want to do is improve the equity of distribution of information, to better understand what people’s needs are. 

“We want to identify what we’re not doing right and how we can do it better, so we really are trying to reach the fishermen, the deckhand on a fishing boat, the people working in the processing plants,” Mooney-Sues said.

Public hearing set for June 4 at Kodiak; testimony will be used in development of NOAA Equity Initiative

The public hearing is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 4, at the Harbor Room of the Best Western Kodiak Inn. 

It starts with an introduction to NOAA Fisheries and how the agency impacts life in coastal Alaska. Alaska Fisheries Science Center Science and Research Director Robert Foy and NOAA Alaska Region Administrator Jon Kurland will offer a primer on the agency, the U.S. scientific and regulatory agency that forecasts weather, monitors oceanic and atmospheric conditions, charts the seas, conducts deep-water exploration, and manage commercial fishing and protection of marine mammals and endangered species in the US exclusive economic zone.  

Improving communications is part of NOAA’s Equity and Environmental Justice initiative. Alaska Fisheries Research Center Tribal Research Coordinator Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer and Alaska Region Tribal Relations Coordinator Amilee Wilson are developing the initiative. Testimony gathered in Kodiak will be used in development of the initiative.   

“There’s a lot going on in Kodiak right now. Our goal is really to make sure that we are better serving people in Alaska and so we want to make sure that we’re getting input. We want to know what we can do better and what we’re doing well now,” Mooney-Seus said. 

The meeting is open to everyone. To learn more, email: Marjorie.Mooney-Seus@noaa.gov.

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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