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 AlaskaPlease 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
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.
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