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UFA Legislative Update: April 10, 2019

    UPDATE – SATURDAY HEARING CANCELLED – Last Comment Opportunity is Monday April 15 – beginning at 6:30 PM.

    House Fisheries and House Resources will hold a joint meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM in Capital Building 106 to take testimony on all BOF appointees.


    Dear UFA Members and Friends,

    House Fisheries Committee Scheduled for tomorrow, April 11 has been canceled due to floor hearings scheduled for 10 am.  The meeting is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday- we will send an update when we know for sure.

    There will be another opportunity to call in and testify this Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 AMin House Resources.  Testimony can be as simple as “My name is XX ,and I live in XX and participate in XX fisheries, and I oppose Karl Johnstone to the BOF because he has a history of being biased on the BOF”  Call in instructions below. We need folks to call in, so please spread the word.

    Also, if you haven’t already, please send in written comments. You may submit comments easily on the Alaska State Public Opinion Message.  Please send your email to ALL legislators.  This online message form is for residents of Alaska only.  If members are not a resident of Alaska, they will need to email legislators directly.  Contact UFA for a full email list of legislators at ufa@ufa-fish.org.

    To testify, watch or listen in to a hearing …
    To testify it’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at http://akleg.gov/lios.php . If you can’t get to an LIO you can call in to listen in or testify through the following numbers – call & ask for the specific committee hearing: “JOINT HOUSE RESOURCES / HOUSE FISHERIES COMMITTEE MEETING ON BOARD OF FISHERIES APPOINTMENTS”

    • From Anchorage based phones call 907-563-9085;
    • From Juneau based phones or outside Alaska call 907-586-9085;
    • From other areas of Alaska, call toll-free 844-586-9085…and ask for the specific hearing.

    To watch hearings online go to legislative home page at http://w3.akleg.gov/  at the time of the hearing, and click on the “Live Now” tab, and then select the meeting.

    To watch floor sessions and other hearings see Gavel to Gavel archives.

    To find your legislators and contact info see http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/  – see “WHO REPRESENTS ME?” in the lower right corner of the page.

    This update is made possible by the support of our Group, Business, Individual and Crew members.
    To join UFA see http://www.ufafish.org/become-a-member/

    UFA ACTION ALERT: First Hearing Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10)

      Senate Resources committee will take public testimony on Board of Fisheries appointees tomorrow.

      UFA opposes Karl Johnstone and we urge you to help by calling in to the committee – and getting others to as well.

      There will be plenty of people calling in to support Karl Johnstone – we need your help to ensure there are opposing callers!

      Wednesday April 10 – 3:30 PM  – Room 205

      Key points:
      -Oppose confirmation of Karl Johnstone to the Board of Fisheries
      -Mr. Johnstone was blatantly discriminatory against commercial fisheries and the ADFG Comfish division in his previous time on the Board.
      -Confirmation of Johnstone would leave the Board of Fisheries seriously “out of balance” with respect to commercial fisheries representation.

      To testify  – if you are not in Juneau  it is best to go to a Legislative Information Office (LIO) at least a half hour before the hearing begins.
      If you are unable to get to an LIO, CALL THE LIO NEAREST YOU BEFORE 3:00 p.m to get the Off-Net call in number  – See the list of Southeast LIOs below. 
      If you are outside of Southeast – see the full list of LIOs at https://akleg.gov/lios.php .

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      Prepared by UFA staff and made possible by the support of UFA Group, Business, Individual and Crew members.
      To join UFA see http://www.ufafish.org/become-a-member/.

      UFA Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP): Alaska’s Senator Murkowski needs to hear from Alaska’s fishermen

        The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready to rubber stamp the Pebble Mine’s federal permit despite continued opposition from commercial fishermen, seafood processors, Bristol Bay Native Tribes, and businesses around the country. 

        As of this Friday, April 5th, the Army Corps is 55 days into a 90-day public comment period for Pebble’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – the foundation for the entire federal permitting process.  The Army Corps’ Draft EIS is fundamentally flawed, misses important baseline data and details about Pebble’s mine plan, fails to address a large-scale tailings dam failure, and downplays the risk to Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery, including damage to the public’s perception of Bristol Bay Sockeye and the Alaska Seafood brand as a whole.