April 17, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Fish bills flop in the Alaska legislature – More after this –
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Of the 24 fish related measures that were brought before the Alaska legislature, four passed – two were resolutions, one was an official request and a bill about general procurement rules passed.
The resolutions were one opposing approval of genetically modified salmon or to require labeling if it does go to market, one urging Congress to fund three national security cutters and home port one in Kodiak, and another requesting the North Pacific Council to further reduce the take of Chinook salmon as bycatch by trawlers.
Measures left in limbo include one aiming to give a priority to personal use fishing when restrictions are in place; also – an Act related to controlling aquatic invasive species and related funding. Another measure that bit the dust would prevent spraying herbicides and pesticides within 150 feet of salmon streams, and within 600 feet of drinking water sources. In February the Parnell Administration passed new rules that eliminated public comments and notifications from the permitting process.
Finally, Governor Parnell says he intends to appoint another Bristol Bay resident to the Board of Fish to replace ousted Vince Webster from King Salmon. Nominees are being accepted now. The new member will serve during the fall and winter and face legislative confirmation next year.
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