ANCHORAGE -

It happens once every three years for the Upper Cook Inlet.

The Board of Fisheries meeting is a chance to review the laws that guide a fishery that provides food and a way of life for many Alaskans.

On Sunday, the board broke into smaller groups called committee sessions. Last week committee members heard public testimony, where each speaker was given just three minutes to talk.

In committee sessions, fishermen and other stake holders had more opportunities for conversation with board members, where they looked at specific proposals.

Board Chair John Jensen has been on the board of fisheries for 12 years. He's also a commercial fishermen. Jensen said he's seen many of the same topics come up every year, but the shortage of king salmon have been a central theme this year.

"It's not just localized. It seems to be a state wide issue. They say it's ocean conditions and might be linked to this problem."

Howard Delo, a member of the Mat-Su Fish and Wildlife Commission said the smaller groups allow for better conversation between different stake holders. He said, "It's a chance to the user groups to give more information they're looking for new stuff they haven't already heard. People can flesh out a little bit more why they made a proposal or why they're opposed to a proposal."

The Board of Fisheries meeting will run through this Thursday.