Dear UFA members and friends,This week the Senate Finance committee Fish and Game budget subcommittee started with an overview, while the House F&G subcommittee entertained amendments and will be closing out this coming week, as are most of the other House finance subcommittees.Senate State Affairs will hear and take public testimony Tuesday 2/20 at 3:30 pm on CSHB 87 regarding Board of Fisheries and Game Conflict of Interest, and conflict and ethics for other bodies. Letters of support from UFA and many member groups are under the documents tab. House Fisheries special committee will hear HB 231 regarding the CFEC on Thursday at 10:00 AM, we expect a committee substitute.Warmest welcome to Senator Lisa Murkowski – she will address a joint session of the Legislature on Thursday 2/22 at 11:00 A.M.The UFA Annual Spring meeting will be held
Dear UFA members and friends,It has been another busy week at UFA. We are monitoring several bills closely and Jerry and I have been meeting with legislators and their staff to address questions and concerns. We have been closely watching SB 135 the Cook Inlet Permit Buyback Bill and waiting for a new committee substitute (CS) that we are encouraged to hear is forthcoming.Also on our radar is HB 188 the Regional Fisheries Trusts Bill which has gone through a few revisions and we have been told another CS is coming.SB 92 Vessel Registration, Titles, and Derelicts has us on alert and Jerry and I will be meeting early next week with Senator Micciche’s staff to get more information to address our concerns.Lastly, HB 199 Habitat Protection, is still moving along. The committee received an overview of current permitting systems by DEC and F&G. We...
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 Alaska
Please 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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Welcome new Executive Director Frances LeachPlease set email@example.com in your approved senders list if you use email filtering.The Spring 2018 UFA meeting will be held February 27- March 1 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. UFA meetings are open to current members and invited guests.Help support UFA today! Visit 'Become a Member' on our website to see the various membership levels and benefits.
Support UFA Business members on our website HERE.We have sent letters to convey the positions the UFA board took during our Fall annual meeting in September. Most are posted on our website / current issues tab.Thanks to new UFA lifetime member Dale Bartelds of Sitka!Contents:Inclusion of an item does not mean that UFA endorses or agrees.Statewide