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Recap of "Defining Salmon Habitat in Alaska" Presentation:

Earlier this month UFA SHIP hosted a meeting of the minds in Juneau to discuss current practices and emerging technologies for defining salmon habitat in Alaska. Q: Why does habitat need to be defined and why does it matter to fishermen? A: Salmon habitats are the natural environments where they live throughout various life stages.  A species' habitat is those places where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction.  Land and resource managers need to know where salmon habitat is so that development in those habitats is done with as little disturbance as possible.  Fishermen need to know where salmon habitats are so we can weigh in on decision-making about projects that will impact habitat. Q: So, how is salmon habitat defined in Alaska? A: It is done differently by different agencies.  In a nutshell:

  1. ADF&G: Under state jurisdiction habitat is defined by the Anadromous...
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UFA Legislative Update: March 23, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Opponents have arisen to the Governor’s appointment of Duncan Fields to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. We have sent an action alert and we urge you to send letters of support for his confirmation to your legislator. Confirmation interviews for Fields are expected to be scheduled in House and Senate committees during the week of April 2. The joint session for confirmations has not been scheduled. 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 week the House spent most of its time in floor sessions debating amendments to the operating budget HB 286. With over 200 amendments, most House committee hearings that were scheduled were cancelled, so much of what we showed as scheduled for this week is still on the plate for next week. Highlights this coming week include Senate Resources...
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UFA Legislative Update: March 16, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, I just returned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, & Miscellaneous Shellfish meeting. It was a productive meeting and it was nice to meet with current members as well as have the opportunity to talk to potential members about UFA. The legislature has been moving along slowly but surely, and a few bills passed out of committee.
  • HB 87: Board of Fisheries and Board of Game Conflict of Interest passed out of the House and is now in Senate State Affairs. UFA supports this bill which would allow board members to participate in deliberations but not vote on proposals for which they have conflicts.
  • HB 354: Dive Fishery Management, which UFA supports, moved out of House Fisheries and is now in House Resources.
  • HB 379: Fishermen’s Fund Reimbursement was passed out of House Fisheries and is now in House...
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UFA Legislative Update: March 9, 2018

Dear UFA members and friends, The UFA Board held our annual Spring meeting last week in Juneau and staff has been busy carrying out the actions of the Board. We have posted Resolution 2018-1 A Resolution in Support of Sea Otter Management on our website and submitted Comments on Department of the Interior 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas 5 year Plan to the regulations.gov docket. Letters on bills and confirmation of appointments have been sent as these have come up in the Legislature and are noted below. Legislative Finance subcommittees committees in the House have closed out and budgets are being heard in the full finance committee, while Senate finance subcommittees are continuing their work. Some work in the legislature has been delayed for health priorities …We wish a restful recovery for Rep. Guttenberg, and other members who have been suffering the flu or shoveling injuries. UFA Executive Director...
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Join us Thursday: Salmon Habitat Panel in Juneau

Enjoy salmon tacos from Juneau's Taqueria while visiting scientists explain how salmon habitat in Alaska is identified and what that means for public policy. On Thursday March 1st from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Alaska Education Association's Conference Room (201 Main St, Juneau, AK), UFA's Salmon Habitat Information Program is sponsoring a panel of experts  called "Defining Salmon Habitat in Alaska: Current Practices and Emerging Technologies." Topics to be discussed include:

  • How salmon streams are defined & why that matters for protection and policy.
  • Emerging technologies in modeling.
  • What is eDNA and how it could improve defining salmon habitat.
Experts from ADF&G Habitat Division, USDA Forest Service and the University of Washington will be presenting and taking audience questions on these important topics....
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