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Press Release: UFA’s Salmon Habitat Program publishes Bristol Bay Fish Stats for Pebble EIS Scoping

JUNEAU – UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) has posted fishing and seafood industry statistics for the communities, boroughs and census areas of the Bristol Bay region to highlight the huge impact of the region’s fisheries. The UFA-SHIP program is seeking to help raise awareness about the salmon and other fisheries of the area as the topic is front and center in the current scoping process for the Pebble Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

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UFA SHIP: Bristol Bay Fish Facts for Pebble EIS Scoping

Pebble Update: UFA SHIP publishes Bristol Bay Fish Facts for Pebble EIS Scoping. ...deadline is June 24

The UFA Salmon Habitat Information program (SHIP) has compiled statistics and info on Bristol Bay fisheries - to show the importance to locals, Alaskans, and people all over the U.S. - and  to help as reference in your comments on Pebble EIS Scoping. See UFA SHIP Bristol Bay Fish Facts at the UFA SHIP page or go straight to the document at Pebble Fish Facts . The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take written public comments until June 24 for Pebble EIS Scoping - your list of topics they should look into in the NEPA Environmental Impact Statement process....
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UFA Legislative Wrap-Up: May 18, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Its official, the legislature wrapped up in the wee hours of Sunday morning on May 13.  In all, it was a successful year for UFA in getting bills passed that we supported.  There are many bills out there that we would like to see move forward, and we hope that many of them will be re-introduced next year. Here is a quick breakdown of bills that passed that we supported: SB 37 – Boards of Pharmacy and Commercial Fishery Entry Commission – Includes amended language from HB 231 CFEC bill – Passed House and Senate and awaiting transmittal to the governor (UFA supported the initial bill and version D and was not able to meet as a board on the final version adopted into SB37). HJR 12 – Opposing FDA approval of GM...
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UFA Legislative Update: May 11, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Rumor has it the 30th Legislature will be gaveling out sometime this weekend.  The flurry of bills being pushed out in the past two weeks and no meetings scheduled for next week lead us to believe the rumors are true. Highlights this week include the Conference Committee approving the full increment ($997k) for the ADFG budget.  HB 76 – Mariculture Loan Funds, a UFA supported bill, passed the Senate on Monday and is now awaiting transmittal to the Governor.  Also awaiting transmittal is HB 56 – Comfish Loan Limits which passed the Senate on Wednesday.  This is great news as UFA supported all three of these measures. Thanks for hanging in there with us this session and be sure to look for our session recap next week.  For those of you starting...
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Governor’s Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team posts draft Climate Change Policy

Dear Alaskan, Happy May and best wishes for a safe spring breakup season! Thank you for your interest in this Administration’s climate change initiatives and the work of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team (CALT). We are pleased share that the CALT has a draft Alaska Climate Change Policy posted online and is inviting public comment on the document until June 4, 2018. This draft policy is the result of much hard work by the CALT and is responsive to the public input received thus far. We are eager to continue the conversation with Alaskans over the coming months and to hear your ideas on how Alaska’s first climate action plan can strengthen the health, safety, culture, and economy of our communities and our state. Climate Action Leadership Team The CALT held its second in-person meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on April 12.  During the all-day meeting, team members focused on reviewing and...
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