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UFA ACTION ALERT: Oppose Karl Johnstone, BOF Appointee

    Former BOF chair Karl Johnstone has been appointed by Governor Dunleavy to fill a Board of Fisheries seat and his confirmation hearing will likely be as soon as next week.  Last week, UFA voted to oppose his confirmation. 

    It is going to take full action from our fleet to help get the word out that Mr. Johnstone is not the right fit for the board.  We need you to act by contacting legislators and telling them you oppose Johnstone and why.

    There are three ways to do this!

    Submit Comments: 
    You may submit comments easily on the Alaska State Public Opinion Message.  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.

    Testify:
    Public Testimony will be taken on both Wednesday, April 10 in Senate Resources and Saturday April 13 in House Resources.  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:

    • 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.

    Share on Social Media:
    If you use social media, please create posts encouraging people to testify and write letters of opposition. 

    Here are some articles about Johnstone and opinion pieces written by Johnstone:

    Johnstone Resigns- Peninsula Clarion

    State Paid Travel Bills Board Chairman- Alaska Journal

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Alaska Needs to Update Fisheries Management

    Opinion: Actual Verses Faction New Realities Cook Inlet Salmon- Alaska Journal

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Abundant Fisheries Testify Alaska BOF isn’t Broken

    Johnstone Opinion Piece- Anchorage Needs Representation Fish Board

    Upper Cook Inlet Fishermen Take Issue with Dunleavy Board of Fisheries Appointee

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    UFA Legislative Update: April 5, 2019

      Dear UFA Members and Friends,

      In this issue:

      • ACTION ALERT: UFA Opposes Karl Johnstone Appointment to BOF
      • Public Comment Invited by Aquaculture Science Planning Task Force
      • UFA is Hiring
      • **Legislative Happenings from this Week**
      • **Legislative Meetings of Interest for Next Week**
      • How to Testify, Watch, or Listen to a Hearing
      • Bills Related for Fisheries, and other Bills of Interest to Fishermen

      ACTION ALERT: UFA Opposes Karl Johnstone Appointment to BOF
      On April 1, Governor Dunleavy appointed Gerad Godfrey, Israel Payton, Karl Johnstone, and Marit Carlson-Van Dort to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.United Fishermen of Alaska Board of Directors met and voted to oppose the appointment of Karl Johnstone based on his actions when he served the BOF from 2008-2015. Opportunities to testify against Mr. Johnstone are Wednesday, April 10 in Senate Resources and Saturday, April 13 in House Resources.  We ask that you please testify, and more importantly send in a letter of opposition to legislators.  To do this, please visit the Alaska State Public Opinion Messageform.  Once entering in your name and address, please select ALL Legislators, not just the ones in your district.  Write a short statement that you oppose Johnstone and why.  Please contact the UFA office you need assistance.  To testify, please visit section on How to Testify, Watch, or Listen to a Hearing


      Public Comment Invited by Aquaculture Science Planning Task Force
      The Subcommittee on Aquaculture (SCA), previously known as the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture, serves as the federal interagency coordinating group working to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of federal aquaculture research, regulation, technology transfer, and assistance programs. The subcommittee includes members from NOAA, USDA, EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal agencies. The current work plan for the group was approved by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and can be found here

      The Science Planning Task Force of the SCA has recently developed a draft outline and is seeking public comment on the document. The draft outline can be downloaded here. Comments on the outline can be submitted through April 19, 2019. Please email your comments to: AquaSciencePlan@usda.gov

      The SCA will continue to seek public input and foster engagement on future work products that aim to increase aquaculture opportunities and regulatory efficiency. To learn more about the SCA visit www.ars.usda.gov/SCA/index.html

      UFA is Hiring
      United Fishermen of Alaska is seeking an Office Manager based in Juneau to work in a fast-paced environment.  The Office Manager is responsible for general office work including membership correspondence, bookkeeping, filing of paper and electronic records, meeting preparation, and staff support to the Executive Director. The position is based in Juneau, Alaska. For a more detailed job description, please go to UFA’s website: UFA Office Manager Description.

      -Frances Leach, Executive Director

      Legislation – Happenings from this week on fishery related bills we are tracking. (April 1 – April 5)

      House Fisheries Committee

      • April 2, HB 105 Commercial Fishermen’s Fund: Vessel Owner Claims. Public Testimony was held and bill was scheduled to be heard again on April 4 .  Watch Meeting Here
      • April 4, HB 105 Commercial Fishermen’s Fund: Vessel Owner Claims was moved out of committee and assigned to House Finance. Watch Meeting Here
      • April 4, HB 65 – Fish Tax: Repeal Muni Refunds/Rev. Share was heard.  Watch Meeting Here

      House Resources

      • April 1, Presentation: Pebble Project Status & Update on Permitting & Environmental Impact Statement by Norman Van Vactor (CEO, Bristol Bay Regional Development Corp.), Daniel Schindler (Professor, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington), Camron Wobus (Senior Scientist, Lynker Technologies), Rick Halford (Former AK Senator & Consultant), Bristol Bay Coalition. Watch Meeting Here
      • April 1, Consideration of Governor’s Appointees: Commissioner Designee Jason Brune, Department of Conservation.  Watch Meeting Here
      • April 5, Presentation: Process for the Evaluation of the Department of Army Application Submitted by the Pebble Limited Partnership by David S. Hobbie (Regional Regulatory Division Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers.  Watch Meeting Here

      Senate Resources

      • April 1, Department of Fish and Game: Management, Allocation, & the Boards of Fisheries and Game.  Watch Meeting Here
      • April 3, SB 51  – Natl. Res. Water Nomination/Designation was heard.  The bill is scheduled to be heard again in Senate Resources on April 8.

      Senate Finance

      • On April 1, SB 61  – Commercial Fishermen’s Fund: Vessel Owner Claims moved out of Senate Finance and referred to Senate Rules. Watch Meeting Here

      House Finance

      • On Wednesday, April 3, House Finance dropped amendments to the Governor’s budget.  There were several amendments to the Fish and Game budget offered by Representative Carpenter cutting ADF&G Southeast Region Fisheries Management travel by 50%, and drastically reducing Region Fisheries Management for Southeast, Central Region, AYK Region, and Westward Region. Carpenter’s amendments failed.  Representative Ortiz also submitted amendments asking to increase funding for Southeast Region Fisheries Management to uphold our agreement with the Pacific Salmon Treaty commitment.  Representative Ortiz also made amendments to move the Subsistence and Habitat Divisions into their own appropriation to prevent funds from being moved outside the program. All of Representative Ortiz’s amendments passed.

      Legislative Meetings of interest for this weekend and the week of April 8 – April 12, 2019.

      MONDAY, April 8

      House Resources Committee – Barnes 124
      1:00 PM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      • Presentation: Mining Industry Taxes by Department of Revenue. Testimony (Invitation Only). 
      • Presentation: Mining Industry Update by Deantha Crockett, Executive Director of Alaska Miners Association, Karen Mathias, Executive Director Council of Alaska Producers.  Testimony (Invitation Only). Meeting Link

      House Finance– Adams 519
      1:30 PM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      • HB 41 – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries.  *Public Testimony* Meeting Link

      Senate Resources Committee – Butrovich 205
      3:30 PM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      TUESDAY, April 9

      House Fisheries Committee– Gruenberg 120

      • No Meeting Scheduled

      WEDNESDAY, April 10

      House Resources Committee – Barnes 124
      1:00 PM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      • Presentation: Fisheries Taxes by Department of Revenue. Testimony (Invitation Only)
      • Presentation: Fishing Industry Update by Frances Leach, Executive Director of United Fishermen of Alaska.  Testimony (Invitation Only) Meeting Link

      Senate Resources Committee – Butrovich 205
      3:30 PM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      Thursday, April 11

      House Fisheries Committee– Gruenberg 120
      10:00 AM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      • Consideration of Governor’s Appointees: Board of Fisheries (Gerad Godfrey- Eagle River, Israel Payton- Wasilla, Karl Johnston- Anchorage, Marit Carlson-Van Dort- Anchorage) Meeting Link

      Saturday, April 12
      House Resources Committee – Barnes 124
      9:00 AM ~ **Teleconferenced**

      Please feel free to track bills in The Bill Tracking Management Facility (BTMF).

      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:

      • 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.

      Bills related to fisheries that we are tracking, and others that may be of interest to fishermen.

      SB 22  – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries (Stevens- Senate Finance- UFA Supports) Referred to Senate Finance with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      SB 51  – Natl. Res. Water Nomination/Designation (Senate Resources) Currently in Senate Resources with a hearing scheduled for April 8.
      SB 61  – Commercial Fishermen’s Fund: Vessel Owner Claims (Stevens – UFA Supports) Currently in Senate Rules with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      SB 63  – Fish Tax: Repeal Muni Refunds/Rev. Share (Senate Rules by Request of the Governor- UFA Opposes) Currently in Senate Community and Regional Affairs with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      SB 90  – Cook Inlet: New Admin Area; Permit Buyback (Micciche) Currently in Senate Resources with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      SB 99 *NEW* – Personal Use Fishing Priority (Kawasaki- UFA Opposes).  Referred to Senate Resources with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      HB 35 – Conflict of Interest: Board Fisheries/Game (Stutes – UFA Supports) Moved out of committee and referred to House Rules with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      HB 41 – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries (Ortiz – UFA Supports) Currently in House Finance with hearing scheduled for April 8.
      HB 65 – Fish Tax: Repeal Muni Refunds/Rev. Share (House Rules by Request of the Governor – UFA Opposes) Currently in House Fisheries with no scheduled hearings at this time.
      HB 105 – Commercial Fishermen’s Fund: Vessel Owner Claims.  (Ortiz- UFA Supports) Moved out of House Fisheries and assigned to House Finance with no scheduled hearings at this time.

      Please support our business members – see links on our website
      To join UFA see http://www.ufafish.org/become-a-member/

      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/

      Special Confirmation Update: April 5, 2019

        **JUST ANNOUNCED**:

        The House Resource committee scheduled for Saturday has been canceled

        Instead, House Fisheries and House Resources will hold a joint meeting on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 PM in Capital Building 106.

        Public Testimony will be taken and we urge you to call in.  This will be your only remaining chance to testify in opposition to Karl Johnstone.

        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.

        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.

        If you are unable to get to an LIO, you can use these call in numbers –

        •            907-563-9085 (Anchorage)
        •             907-586-9085 (Juneau)
        •             844-586-9085 (Outside Anchorage and Juneau)


        (OR Go to or CALL THE LIO NEAREST YOU BEFORE 3:00 p.m to get the Off-Net call in number  – See the list of LIOs below. 
        or at https://akleg.gov/lios.php .

        Anchorage Legislative Information Office
        (907) 269-0111
        1500 W. Benson Blvd.
        Fax: (907) 269-0229
        Anchorage, AK 99503
        TDD: (907) 269-0260
        LIO.Anchorage@akleg.gov

        Bethel Legislative Information Office
        (907) 543-3541
        PO Box 886
        Fax: (907) 543-3542
        301 Willow Street
        LIO.Bethel@akleg.gov
        Bethel, AK 99559-0866

        Cordova Legislative Information Office
        (907) 424-5461
        PO Box 2248
        Fax: (907) 424-5462
        418 First St., Suite A
        LIO.Cordova@akleg.gov
        Cordova, AK 99574-2248

        Delta Jct. Legislative Information Office
        (907) 895-4236
        PO Box 1189
        Fax: (907) 895-5017
        Colombo Building, Suite 204, 1380 Richardson Hwy.
        LIO.DeltaJunction@akleg.gov
        Delta Jct., AK 99737-1189

        Dillingham Legislative Information Office
        (907) 842-5319
        PO Box 829
        Fax: (907) 842-5105
        Kangiiqutaq Building
        LIO.Dillingham@akleg.gov
        Dillingham, AK 99576-0829

        Fairbanks Legislative Information Office
        (907) 452-4448
        1292 Sadler Way Suite 308
        Fax: (907) 456-3346
        Fairbanks, AK 99701
        TDD: (907) 456-5076
        LIO.Fairbanks@akleg.gov
        Glennallen Legislative Information Office
        (907) 822-5588
        PO Box 68
        Fax: (907) 822-5591
        186 Glenn Hwy
        LIO.Glennallen@akleg.gov
        Glennallen, AK 99588-0068

        Homer Legislative Information Office
        (907) 235-7878
        270 West Pioneer Ave. Suite B
        Fax: (907) 235-4008
        Homer, AK 99603-7559
        LIO.Homer@akleg.gov

        Juneau Legislative Information Office
        (907) 465-4648
        State Capitol, Terry Miller Building, Suite 111 
        Fax: (907) 465-2864
        Juneau, AK 99801-1182
        TDD: (907) 465-4980
        LIO.Juneau@akleg.gov 

        Kenai Legislative Information Office
        (907) 283-2030
        145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217
        Fax: (907) 283-3075
        Kenai, AK 99611
        LIO.Kenai@akleg.gov

        Ketchikan Legislative Information Office
        (907) 225-9675
        1900 First Ave, Suite 310
        Fax: (907) 225-8546
        Ketchikan, AK 99901
        LIO.Ketchikan@akleg.gov 

        Kodiak Legislative Information Office
        (907) 486-8116
        305 Center Ave. Suite 1
        Fax: (907) 486-5264
        Kodiak, AK 99615-6431
        LIO.Kodiak@akleg.gov

        Kotzebue Legislative Information Office
        (907) 442-3880
        PO Box 650
        Fax: (907) 442-3022
        241 5th Ave
        LIO.Kotzebue@akleg.gov
        Kotzebue, AK 99752-0667

        Matsu Legislative Information Office
        (907) 376-3704
        600 E. Railroad Avenue
        Fax: (907) 376-6180
        Wasilla, AK 99654-8135
        LIO.Matsu@akleg.gov

        Nome Legislative Information Office
        (907) 443-5555
        PO Box 1630
        Fax: (907) 443-2162
        103 Front Street, State Office Bldg
        LIO.Nome@akleg.gov
        Nome, AK 99762-1630

        Petersburg Legislative Information Office
        (907) 772-3741
        PO Box 1470
        Fax: (907) 772-3779
        11B Gjoa Street
        LIO.Petersburg@akleg.gov
        Petersburg, AK 99833-1470

        Seward Legislative Information Office
        (907) 224-5066
        PO Box 1769, 302 Railway Ste. 107
        Fax: (907) 224-5067
        Seward, AK 99664
        LIO.Seward@akleg.gov


        Sitka Legislative Information Office
        (907) 747-6276
        201 Katlian Street, Suite 103
        Fax: (907) 747-5807
        Sitka, AK 99835
        LIO.Sitka@akleg.gov

        Tok Legislative Information Office
        (907) 883-5020
        PO Box 845
        Fax: (907) 883-5021
        1314 Alaska Highway
        LIO.Tok@akleg.gov
        Tok, AK 99780-0845

        Utqiagvik Legislative Information Office
        (907) 852-7111
        PO Box 830
        Fax: (907) 852-7114
        119 Bank Building
        LIO.Utqiagvik@akleg.gov
        Utqiagvik, AK 99723-0830

        Valdez Legislative Information Office
        (907) 835-2111
        PO Box 1969
        Fax: (907) 835-2097
        State Office Building, Room 13
        LIO.Valdez@akleg.gov
        Valdez, AK 99686-1969

        Wrangell Legislative Information Office
        (907) 874-3013
        PO Box 1514
        Fax: (907) 874-3955
        223 Front Street
        LIO.Wrangell@akleg.gov
        Wrangell, AK 99929-1514



        Please support our business members – see links on our website
        To join UFA see http://www.ufafish.org/become-a-member/

        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/

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