- Governor Walker re-appoints Jensen, Morisky, and Fritz Johnson to Board of Fisheries.
Fritz Johnson, a Bristol Bay drift boat skipper from Dillingham, was tapped for a seat on the state Board of Fisheries again, after being bumped off last year.
The Governor’s office made the announcement this week, also putting John Jensen from Petersburg and Reed Morisky from Fairbanks up for reappointment…
- Press release: UFA posts Community Fishing Facts
We have provided each legislator with a complete set of the fish facts sheets, and lists of commercial fishery permits held in their district. It is amazing to see how many fishermen fishing different Alaska fisheries throughout the state bring their fishing income home, to even the most urban legislative districts. We met and reviewed the information with the seven new legislators serving on Fisheries and Resources committees. We are impressed with their enthusiasm and receptiveness to our input on the importance of commercial fisheries to their district and the state.
- New Fisheries legislation introduced this week:
HB 87 …relating to participation in matters before the Board of Fisheries and the Board of Game by the members of the respective boards; and providing for an effective date –Rep. Stutes
HB 88 …relating to the composition of the Board of Fisheries – Rep. Stutes
SJR 3 Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to mitigate the harm done to the state’s seafood industry because of the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to work to benefit and protect the state’s seafood industry – by Senator Wielechowski.
- Fisheries related bills heard in committee hearings this week:
HB 14 – Legislative approval of Bristol Bay sulfide mine- Josephson
See Meeting page for audio & video and documents including sponsor statement, changes from versions A to D, and Fiscal Notes from the divisions within ADFG.
House Finance ADFG Budget Subcommittee meeting 1/31 –
Division of Commercial Fisheries Budget Summary
HB 56 Commercial fishing revolving loan program limits – Ortiz
See meeting link for audio, video, sponsor statement, letter, and other documents.
HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax
HB 60 was heard and held, and is scheduled for another hearing
Budget overview on Commerce; ASMI was part of the presentation.
Audio & Video is online at the committee link.
- Meetings of interest for the week of February 6:
10:00 A.M – HB88 Board of Fisheries Membership – Rep. Stutes
11:00 A.M. – Finance Subcommittee on DFG Division of Wildlife Conservation
HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax – Public Testimony will be taken
10:00 AM – HB 87 Board if Fisheries and Board of Game Conflict of Interest
11:00 A.M. – Finance Subcommittee on DFG Division of Admin. Services
HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax – Invited Testimony only
Alaska State Legislature home page: http://akleg.gov/ .
To watch committee meetings live, click on “Live Now” tab near the upper right of the legislature home page.
- Bills related to fisheries, and others that may be of interest to fishermen:
HB 14 – Leg. approval of Bristol Bay sulfide mine- Josephson
HB 17 – Establishing a fish and game conservation program/account in ADFG – Josephson
HB 19 – Ban neonicotinoid pesticides – Drummond…
HB 29 -Prohibiting sale of genetically modified fish/fish products – Tarr
HB 32 Relating to the labeling of food; relating to the misbranding of food; requiring labeling of food produced with genetic engineering – Tarr
HB 42 – relating to seizure of property; relating to forfeiture to the state – includes language on seizure of fishing permits…
HB 46 Procure AK Fish, Ag Prod.; Raw Milk Sales – Tarr
HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax – House Rules by Request of the Governor
Senate companion bill – SB25 – Motor Fuel Tax – Senate Rules by Request of the Governor
HB 56 Relating to limitations on certain commercial fishing loans made by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development – Ortiz
HB 63 Transferring duties from DCCED to Department of Revenue – Rep. Pruitt
HB 87 Board if Fisheries and Board of Game – Conflict of Interest
HB88 Board of Fisheries Membership – Rep. Stutes
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