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UFA Legislative Update: February 10, 2018

Dear UFA members and friends,  It has been another busy week at UFA.  We are monitoring several bills closely and Jerry and I have been meeting with legislators and their staff to address questions and concerns.  We have been closely watching SB 135 the Cook Inlet Permit Buyback Bill and waiting for a new committee substitute (CS) that we are encouraged to hear is forthcoming. Also on our radar is HB 188 the Regional Fisheries Trusts Bill which has gone through a few revisions and we have been told another CS is coming. SB 92 Vessel Registration, Titles, and Derelicts has us on alert and Jerry and I will be meeting early next week with Senator Micciche’s staff to get more information to address our concerns. Lastly, HB 199 Habitat Protection, is still moving along.  The committee received an overview of current permitting systems by DEC and F&G. We...
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Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott in Ottawa

Transboundary news to share! Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott recently returned from Ottawa, the federal capital of Canada. The two held meetings with Canadian government officials to communicate Alaskans long-standing concerns about mining and other industrial pollution in transboundary rivers that flow across the border between between B.C. and Alaska

Please take a moment and thank Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott for their leadership and standing with Alaska's commercial fishermen. In their requests to the Canadian government, Sen. Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mallott are asking for:
  • Alaskans to be part of British Columbia's environmental permitting for development on transboundary rivers
  • Financial security to fishermen in the event of an environmental disaster
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UFA Legislative Update: February 2, 2018

This week was relatively quiet as the legislature has been addressing personnel matters unrelated to fisheries and well-reported elsewhere. Next week also looks to be relatively quiet as far as fisheries matters.

We encourage members to support our business members – see links on our website.

Thank you for your support!

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UFA Update: February 1, 2018

Welcome new Executive Director Frances Leach Please set director@ufa-fish.org in your approved senders list if you use email filtering. The Spring 2018 UFA meeting will be held February 27- March 1 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. UFA meetings are open to current members and invited guests. Help support UFA today! Visit 'Become a Member' on our website to see the various membership levels and benefits. Support UFA Business members on our website HERE.  We have sent letters to convey the positions the UFA board took during our Fall annual meeting in September. Most are posted on our website / current issues tab. Thanks to new UFA lifetime member Dale Bartelds of Sitka!   Contents: Inclusion of an item does not mean that UFA endorses or agrees. Statewide
  1. Board of Fisheries Southeast & Yakutat Shellfish & Finfish Actions Posted
  2. Board of Fisheries – revised Call for Proposals for 2018/2019 cycle –deadline April...
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Bristol Bay Protections Back on the Table

Bristol Bay News

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a major announcement: they will keep the 404(c) protections that can offer permanent protections to Bristol Bay on the table. In a statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt explained that after listening to stakeholders within the Bristol Bay region, Alaska and nationwide, "it is my judgment at this time that any mining projects in the region likely pose a risk to the abundant natural resources that exist there. Until we know the full extent of that risk, those natural resources and world-class fisheries deserve the utmost protection. Today’s action allows EPA to get the information needed to determine what specific impacts the proposed mining project will have on those critical resources." What does this mean for fishermen? It's a clear setback for Pebble and renews hope that the protections that fishermen have been asking for are back on the table...
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