Legislature(1993 - 1994)
1994-02-04 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1994-02-04 House Journal Page 2268 HB 448 HOUSE BILL NO. 448 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to waste and use of salmon and parts of salmon; relating to permits for and operation of a salmon hatchery; and providing for an effective date." 1994-02-04 House Journal Page 2269 HB 448 was read the first time and referred to the House Special Committee on Fisheries, Resources and Judiciary Committees. The following fiscal note applies: Zero fiscal note, Dept. of Fish & Game, 2/4/94 The Governor's transmittal letter, dated February 4, 1994, appears below: "Dear Speaker Barnes: Under authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the waste and use of salmon and parts of salmon, and to permits for and operation of salmon hatcheries. The bill would repeal and reenact AS16.05.831 (waste of salmon) to authorize the commissioner of fish and game to issue permits to allow the removal and sale of eggs from hatchery-produced salmon and the discard of the salmon carcasses. The permits would allow this practice only for salmon that return to hatchery terminal and special harvest areas or remote sites from which hatchery smolt are released, and that are determined by the commissioner of fish and game to be unfit for human consumption. This is a practice that is prohibited by existing AS16.05.831. It is anticipated that persons who would be authorized under such a permit are commercial fishermen who are participating in a designated terminal fishery and, perhaps, hatchery operators or fish processors. The language that appears in the bill as AS16.05.831(b)(2), regarding permits authorizing "other uses of salmon," is currently contained in AS16.05.831(b). The bill also cures several problems in existing AS16.05.831. Presently, that statute applies only to salmon that are "intended" for certain uses. Because that statute does not indicate whose intent is to 1994-02-04 House Journal Page 2270 HB 448 be measured, this ambiguity can cause enforcement problems. Also, the specified uses are not meaningful because they cover every conceivable use of salmon. The bill's repeal and reenactment of AS16.05.831 deletes this problematic language from the law. Because of present market conditions, it is important for the fishing industry and hatchery operators to be able to recover as much value as possible from salmon resources. The bill will contribute to this goal and, at the same time, will allow the state to more effectively enforce the statute on waste of salmon. For these reasons, I urge your prompt consideration and passage of the bill. Sincerely, /s/ Walter J. Hickel Governor"