Legislature(1993 - 1994)
1994-07-15 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1994-07-15 House Journal Page 4524 HB 218 The following letter dated June 29, 1994, was received: "Dear Speaker Barnes: Under the authority of art. II, sec. 15, of the Alaska Constitution, I have vetoed the following bill: CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 218 (FSH)(efd fld) "An Act relating to the maximum length of salmon seine vessels." This bill would have eliminated the 58-foot limit on the length of salmon seine vessels and would have restricted the ability of the Board of Fisheries to consider the effects of such a change in a timely manner. It would be difficult for the state's resource managers to effectively deal with the issues that could arise should the limit on the maximum length of salmon seine vessels be eliminated. These issues include changes in fishing patterns, impacts on fisheries resources, overcapitalization of the industry, and increased allocation disputes. Local fishers have expressed themselves quite strongly against the elimination of the 58-foot limit, as they rightfully believe they would be disadvantaged by this elimination. As we gain better control of the management of our fisheries in the North Pacific, we cannot justify actions that encourage bigger, more expensive boats to enter the fisheries. For salmon fisheries already in crisis due to changing world market conditions, this legislation could cause added stress. To avoid creating these risks to our salmon fisheries, I must veto CS HB 218(FSH)(efd fld). Sincerely, /s/ Walter J. Hickel Governor"