CSHJR 24(FSH): Relating to reduction of wanton waste in North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea fisheries.

00CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 24(FSH) 01 Relating to reduction of wanton waste in North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea 02 fisheries. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS more fish were discarded in the federally managed fisheries of the North 05 Pacific Ocean than were landed by American fishermen in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1992; 06 and 07 WHEREAS, in 1994, 25,881,596 kilograms of halibut and 1,866,272 kilograms of 08 herring were discarded by fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea; and 09 WHEREAS, in 1994, 15,459,253 crab were discarded by fisheries in the North Pacific 10 Ocean and the Bering Sea; and 11 WHEREAS, in 1994, 195,609 salmon were harvested in groundfish fisheries of the 12 North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea; and 13 WHEREAS these discarded herring, crab, and salmon are resources managed by the 14 State of Alaska that were intercepted in offshore federal waters; and

01 WHEREAS these resources are the economic and cultural lifeblood for many Alaskans 02 who depend on the sea for their livelihoods and subsistence; and 03 WHEREAS marine wildlife species in Alaska marine waters that depend on fish for 04 food are faced with declining populations and a potential listing as endangered species; and 05 WHEREAS this continued wanton waste undermines any long-term management 06 strategy for sustained commercial, subsistence, and recreational fisheries, and places the rural 07 communities of Alaska at risk; and 08 WHEREAS efforts to implement severe penalties against vessels responsible for high 09 bycatch and discard rates have failed; and 10 WHEREAS minimizing the catch of undersized fish and reducing wanton waste will 11 conserve fisheries resources for present and future generations of subsistence users, 12 commercial and recreational fishermen, seafood industries, coastal communities, consumers, 13 and the nation; and 14 WHEREAS fisheries can technically or operationally reduce waste and the incidental 15 taking of nontarget species if given economic incentives or if appropriate regulatory measures 16 are applied; 17 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the wanton waste now 18 occurring in federal fisheries of the North Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea is of utmost 19 ecological, social, and economical importance; and be it 20 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully urges the 21 Congress to amend the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, or to enact 22 other legislation, encompassing a broad range of measures to reduce wanton waste in North 23 Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea fisheries, including harvest priority incentives for clean fishing 24 practices and other management tools. 25 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President 26 of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Newt Gingrich, Speaker 27 of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Strom Thurmond, President Pro Tempore 28 of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Bob Dole, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 29 Honorable Ron Brown, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Honorable 30 Richard B. Lauber, chair of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council; and to the 31 Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the

01 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.