Attached is the letter from Mat-Su Mayor Vern Halter, Wasilla Mayor Bert Cottle, Palmer Mayor Edna DeVries, and Houston Mayor Virgie Thompson.
Among the top reasons:
The Mat-Su is the second largest community in Alaska. It has long been the fastest growing and it has not yet been host to this important meeting on salmon and Upper Cook Inlet.
It makes sense that Alaska's highest fisheries regulating board should meet at the headwaters where much of the salmon stock begins for Upper Cook Inlet. Mat-Su rivers historically have supported the largest runs of chinook, coho, pink, and chum salmon and yet the Mat-Su Basin has eight of the state's 14 stocks of concern.
Holding a meeting in the Mat-Su will help the Fisheries Board make informed decisions on these complex, mixed-stock fisheries.