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HJR 38: Relating to reauthorization of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 38                                                                                           
01 Relating to reauthorization of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management                                         
02 Act.                                                                                                                    
03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
04  WHEREAS the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (hereinafter                                              
05 "the Act") established a fishery conservation zone, now known as the exclusive economic zone                            
06 (EEZ), out to 200 miles from the shoreline of Alaska and the other states to protect, conserve,                         
07 and manage the extensive fisheries resources of the continental shelf; and                                              
08  WHEREAS coastal communities of Alaska lie adjacent to, and depend upon, the                                            
09 fishery resources of the federally managed EEZ in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and North                             
10 Pacific Ocean off Alaska; and                                                                                           
11  WHEREAS the Act provides for the management of the fishery resources of the EEZ                                        
12 through regional fishery management councils and by the National Marine Fisheries Service;                              
13 and                                                                                                                     
14  WHEREAS the United States Congress is currently considering the reauthorization of                                     
01 the Act; and                                                                                                            
02  WHEREAS several issues of national and regional importance are being considered                                        
03 as part of the reauthorization process for the Act;                                                                     
04  BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the                                             
05 Congress to reauthorize the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act with the                                   
06 following provisions:                                                                                                   
07   (1)  authorize the regional fishery management councils to minimize the bycatch                                       
08 of unwanted species, sizes, or sexes of fishery resources and to promote full utilization of                            
09 fishery resources;                                                                                                      
10   (2)  require the regional fishery management councils to establish and                                                
11 implement protections against overfishing of all species of fishery resources;                                          
12   (3)  establish reasonable restrictions on direct, personal, and financial conflicts                                   
13 of interest by members of the regional fishery management councils, provided that those                                 
14 restrictions recognize that minor insignificant conflicts are inevitable and acceptable given the                       
15 nature of the membership of the regional fishery management councils;                                                   
16   (4)  establish a moratorium, for a minimum of three years, upon the                                                   
17 establishment and implementation of individual fishery quota systems for federally managed                              
18 fisheries; and                                                                                                          
19   (5)  authorize the establishment and implementation of community development                                          
20 quota or community protection set-aside programs for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands                                
21 areas to aid fishery development and recognize the economic dependence of coastal                                       
22 communities upon fishing; and be it                                                                                     
23  FURTHER RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that fees, taxes, or royalties                                        
24 levied on the harvesting or processing of fishery resources in the exclusive economic zone                              
25 must recognize and give credit for other federal, state, and local fees, taxes, and royalties also                      
26 levied on those same activities and that revenue derived from fees, taxes, or royalties levied                          
27 on the harvesting or processing of fishery resources in the exclusive economic zone be utilized                         
28 for the management, enforcement, research, and administration of fishery programs in the                                
29 areas where the revenue was derived; and be it                                                                          
30  FURTHER RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the National Marine                                              
31 Fisheries Service should receive the funding necessary to provide the regional fishery                                  
01 management councils with sufficient biological information to implement controls against                                
02 overfishing and with the research needed to understand and manage fishery resources; and be                             
03 it                                                                                                                      
04  FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully opposes any                                            
05 proposal to alter the established composition of the North Pacific Fishery Management                                   
06 Council.                                                                                                                
07  COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Frank Murkowski, Chair,                                       
08 United States Senate, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Honorable Don                                      
09 Young, Chair, United States House of Representatives, Committee on Public Lands and                                     
10 Resources; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens,  member of the Alaska delegation in Congress.