Note to members – At-Large board election is in process! Thanks to seventeen members who are in the running for four two year seats. Ballots were mailed this week to current individual and lifetime members. Be sure to vote by the April 1 postmark deadline! We have been busy carrying out the actions from our February 21-23 meeting. Letters are being posted to our website Current Issues tab as they are finalized and sent. Letters on Alaska legislation may also be found on the documents tab on the main page for the bill, and on the meeting page for the committees as they take up bills on which the UFA board took a position. Legislative Meetings of Interest Scheduled for the week of March 13: Top item – public testimony on Board of Fish candidates in Senate Resources committee - see Monday at 3:30 P.M. Monday, March 13, 2017 1:00 PM – House Resources...
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Note to members – Nominations are open for UFA at-large board elections. Four seats are open. Current Individual and lifetime members who hold an Alaska commercial fishing permit or IFQ are eligible to run, and to vote in the election that will take place in March. Nomination forms have been mailed to paid and recent lapsed members and are also online at: http://www.ufafish.org/nominations-open-for-ufa-at-large-board-election-deadline-march-1/ The UFA Spring 2017 meeting will be held Tuesday February 21 through Thursday February 23, at St. Ann’s Parish Hall at 430 Fifth St in Juneau. UFA meetings are open to current members, except for executive sessions, which is expected for Tuesday 2/21.
- Actions and hearings this past week:
- New Fisheries-related legislation:
- Governor Walker re-appoints Jensen, Morisky, and Fritz Johnson to Board of Fisheries.
- Press release: UFA posts Community Fishing Facts
This week the Alaska State Legislature has started with committee meetings and informational overviews. House Fisheries committee heard a presentation by ADFG on State versus Federal fisheries management. See the meeting page for audio archive and Powerpoint of the presentation. For the week of January 30, hearings include budget overviews from Commercial and Sport fishing divisions, public input on Bristol Bay sulfide mine and Commercial fishing loan program total limit, Motor Fuel Tax in both the House and Senate Transportation committees, and a Senate hearing on a land grant for Petersburg Borough.. So far, legislation has not been introduced for fishing industry specific taxes. We will continue to monitor the bills and hearings. Hearing schedule next week for topics noted above: