Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

03/07/2017 10:00 AM FISHERIES

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*+ HB 76 MARICULTURE REVOLVING LOAN FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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*+ HB 128 SHELLFISH ENHANCE. PROJECTS; HATCHERIES TELECONFERENCED
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          HB 128-SHELLFISH ENHANCE. PROJECTS; HATCHERIES                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:26:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES announced  that the final order of  business would be                                                              
HOUSE BILL  NO. 128,  "An Act relating  to management  of enhanced                                                              
stocks of shellfish;  authorizing certain nonprofit  organizations                                                              
to  engage   in  shellfish   enhancement  projects;  relating   to                                                              
application fees  for salmon hatchery  permits; and  providing for                                                              
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
11:27:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DANIEL  ORTIZ, Alaska State Legislature,  presented                                                              
HB 128,  paraphrasing from  the sponsor  statement, which  read as                                                              
follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Enhancement  of Alaska's  shellfish  industry holds  the                                                                   
     potential   of   expanded  economic   opportunities   in                                                                   
     Alaska's  coastal communities  and increased  resilience                                                                   
     of the State's fisheries portfolio.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     To  tap this  potential  HB  128 allows  qualified  non-                                                                   
     profits   to  pursue   enhancement  and/or   restoration                                                                   
     projects involving  shellfish species including  red and                                                                   
     blue  king  crab,  sea  cucumber,   abalone,  and  razor                                                                   
     clams.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The  bill  creates  a regulatory  framework  with  which                                                                   
     Alaska Department  of Fish &  Game can manage  shellfish                                                                   
     enhancement   projects   and   outlines   criteria   for                                                                   
     issuance  of  permits.  It  sets  out  stringent  safety                                                                   
     standards  to   ensure  sustainability  and   health  of                                                                   
     existing  natural stocks.    The Commissioner  of  ADF&G                                                                   
     must  also make  a determination  of substantial  public                                                                   
     benefit before a project can proceed.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     In addition,  the bill  sets the  application fee for  a                                                                   
     shellfish enhancement  project at $1,000 and  amends the                                                                   
     application   fee   for  a   salmon   hatchery   permit,                                                                   
     increasing the fee from $100 to $1,000.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     HB 128  plays an  important role  in the development  of                                                                   
     mariculture   in  Alaska  by   providing  a  method   to                                                                   
     increase the  available harvest of shellfish  for public                                                                   
     use in an environmentally safe manner.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:31:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES opened public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:31:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
FORREST   BOWERS,   Deputy  Director,   Division   of   Commercial                                                              
Fisheries,  Alaska Department  of Fish &  Game (ADF&G),  explained                                                              
the   difference  between   mariculture   and  shellfish   fishery                                                              
enhancement   projects.     The  later   refers   to  wild   stock                                                              
enhancement  for  common  property  fisheries.    The  mariculture                                                              
projects  are  related  to  existing   shellfish  spawn  programs.                                                              
Overlap is inherent in certain aspects of the two projects.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:32:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS asked  about  the genetic  dynamics                                                              
of shellfish  enhancement and the  management that  the department                                                              
would anticipate;  similar to the consideration given  wild salmon                                                              
enhancement.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOWERS responded  that a policy is in place  and requires that                                                              
baseline work be  performed to gain an understanding  of the local                                                              
stocks, genetic  make-up and  distribution, as  well as the  drift                                                              
zone  distribution  that  the shellfish,  as  broadcast  spawners,                                                              
would effect.  Genetic concerns would also need to be addressed.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:34:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  FANSLER  asked if  there  is a  strict  definition                                                              
that  the  department  follows  to   identify  enhancement  versus                                                              
rehabilitation of stocks.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. BOWERS  acknowledged that the  terms are often discussed  in a                                                              
seemingly  interchangeable  manner.   However,  when referring  to                                                              
rehabilitation the  effort being made  is to rebuild a  wild stock                                                              
to  its natural  reproductive  potential.   Enhancement  means  to                                                              
identify a  stock that is already  at healthy levels  and increase                                                              
its production  significantly  beyond what  would otherwise  occur                                                              
in the wild, thus, providing additional harvest opportunity.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:37:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER MCCARTY,  Representative,  Central Bering Sea  Fisherman's                                                              
Association (CBSFA),  said, located on  St. Paul Island,  CBSFA is                                                              
the  smallest  of  the  six  community   development  quota  (CDQ)                                                              
program groups  in the western region  of Alaska.  The  mission of                                                              
the  CDQ program  is to  support economic  development in  coastal                                                              
communities,  particularly in  the area  of fisheries.   As  such,                                                              
CBSFA, holds a  considerable quota in the federal  crab program in                                                              
the Bering  Sea, and  has been  a participant  in the Alaska  King                                                              
Crab  Research,  Rehabilitation  and   Biology  (AKCRRAB)  program                                                              
since its inception  in 2006, which has a mission  to rehabilitate                                                              
the stocks  of the  Gulf of Alaska  red king  crab and the  Bering                                                              
Sea/Pribilof Island  blue king crab.  The program  has depended on                                                              
hatchery production  of juvenile crab,  produced under  a research                                                              
permit,  and no other  type of  permit is  currently available  to                                                              
allow the production  of larger amounts of enhancement  stocks for                                                              
a fishery that has  dwindled to the point of being  unfishable for                                                              
the last 25  years.  She stressed  the need for passage  of HB 128                                                              
in  order   to  take   the  next  step   in  the  CBSFA   mission;                                                              
rehabilitate  of  king  crab stocks.    Without  the  legislation,                                                              
there  is no  means for  facilities  to produce  juvenile crab  to                                                              
serve the purposes of that mission.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
GINNY  ECKERT,  PhD, Professor,  University  of  Alaska  Fairbanks                                                              
(UAF), stated  support for  HB 128,  paraphrasing from a  prepared                                                              
statement,   which   read   as   follows   [original   punctuation                                                              
provided]:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     The  Steering   Committee  of   the  Alaska  King   Crab                                                                   
     Research, Rehabilitation  and Biology (AKCRRAB)  program                                                                   
     would  like  to express  appreciation  and  support  for                                                                   
     House Bill 128.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  AKCRRAB  program  is  a  coalition  of  university,                                                                   
     federal  and stakeholder  groups,  formed  in 2006  with                                                                   
     the goals of  adding to the scientific  understanding of                                                                   
     crab life history  and ecology, as well as  the eventual                                                                   
     rehabilitation   of  depressed   king  crab  stocks   in                                                                   
     Alaska.  AKCRRAB  is  developing   scientifically  sound                                                                   
     strategies  for hatching, rearing  and outplanting  king                                                                   
     crab  in Alaska, in  order to  help restore  populations                                                                   
     to self-sustainable levels.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     In phase  one, from  2006 to  2011, AKCRRAB  researchers                                                                   
     made  significant  accomplishments   in  developing  and                                                                   
     improving  methods of  hatchery  rearing  of larval  and                                                                   
     juvenile  king crab  from  wild-caught  brood stock,  to                                                                   
     the  point  where large-scale  production  is  feasible.                                                                   
     Parallel field  and laboratory  studies of crab  ecology                                                                   
     and  population  genetics  were  also  conducted  during                                                                   
     this time.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     In the second  and current phase, hatchery  studies have                                                                   
     been    complemented    by    studies    essential    to                                                                   
     understanding  optimal release  strategies,  appropriate                                                                   
     habitat,  and potential impact  on existing  ecosystems.                                                                   
     This  research is  providing the  science necessary  for                                                                   
     informing  the  responsible release  of  hatchery-reared                                                                   
     animals. Increased  knowledge will allow  scientists and                                                                   
     managers  to  assess  the  feasibility  of  ecologically                                                                   
     sound   rehabilitation   of   depressed   stocks,   with                                                                   
     potentially substantial benefits to Alaska.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     In  the  third  and  final  phase,  AKCRRAB  intends  to                                                                   
     evolve  from the  current, research-oriented  coalition,                                                                   
     to  a formal  entity focused  on transitioning  hatchery                                                                   
     techniques and  outplanting technologies to  communities                                                                   
     and  industry  as  part of  statewide  efforts  to  help                                                                   
     rehabilitate depleted  king crab stocks. As  phase three                                                                   
     develops,   the  program   will   require  support   and                                                                   
     guidance  from the State  of Alaska,  as the  transition                                                                   
     from  feasibility  to  implementation  will need  to  be                                                                   
     guided with a new regulatory structure.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill 128,  similar to last year's House  Bill 300,                                                                   
     is  a  response to  the  need  for new  regulations  for                                                                   
     shellfish  culture. The  AKCRRAB  Steering Committee  is                                                                   
     pleased that the Legislature is addressing this need.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     We intend  to participate  fully in further  discussions                                                                   
     and  hearings   on  this   important  legislation.   The                                                                   
     AKCRRAB  Steering  Committee  stands ready  to  interact                                                                   
     with Committee  members and staff as needed.  Please let                                                                   
     us know how we can be of help.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
11:42:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS  inquired   about  successful  case                                                              
studies  of  shellfish  enhancement  occurring  elsewhere  in  the                                                              
world.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR.  ECKERT  said that  the  enhancement  of European  lobster  in                                                              
Norway has proven successful.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS  queried whether there  are examples                                                              
specific to king crab.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. ECKERT responded  that the Russians introduced  king crab into                                                              
the Barents Sea and created a vibrant fishery.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS  noted that the Barents  Sea program                                                              
represented  an  introduction  of  a species  to  an  area  versus                                                              
restoration  or  enhancement  of  an existing  stock.    He  asked                                                              
whether  there are  any  biologic,  genetic, or  other  scientific                                                              
concerns around  shellfish species propagation that  the committee                                                              
should  be  made  aware  of,  in  consideration  of  the  proposed                                                              
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. ECKERT  answered that genetics  are always a consideration  in                                                              
a  hatchery,  and every  effort  is  made  to expand  the  genetic                                                              
diversity  of  the  pool  of  animals being  reared.    It  is  an                                                              
essential  step that  Alaska  Department of  Fish  & Game  (ADF&G)                                                              
regulates.    The  bill stipulates  that  the  adult/parent  brood                                                              
stock will  be taken from  the area to  which they are  native, in                                                              
order to not disrupt the local gene pool.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCCARTY  added that  genetics is  a focus  and concern  in the                                                              
development of the  king crab enhancement project  being conducted                                                              
by AKCRRAB,  and the department has  been integral to  the effort.                                                              
An  entire research  section has  been dedicated  to that  purpose                                                              
alone.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KREISS-TOMKINS commented  that the  report on  the                                                              
scope of the work  being conducted speaks loudly  to the diligence                                                              
that  is being  brought  to the  subject at  hand,  and he  stated                                                              
support for the bill.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:47:39 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JULIE  DECKER, Executive  Director,  Alaska Fisheries  Development                                                              
Foundation (AFDF),  states support  for HB 128, paraphrasing  from                                                              
a prepared  statement, which read,  in part, as follows  [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     AFDF   is   the  Client   for   seafood   sustainability                                                                   
     certification  programs such  as the Marine  Stewardship                                                                   
     Council  (MSC)  and  the  Alaska  Responsible  Fisheries                                                                   
     Management   (RFM)   program.    As   the   Client   and                                                                   
     facilitator for  these certification programs,  AFDF has                                                                   
     a unique  viewpoint on  this issue. As  a part of  these                                                                   
     certifications, the  Alaska Department of Fish  & Game's                                                                   
     (ADF&G)  management  of the  salmon  fishery  (including                                                                   
     salmon   enhancement)   is  reviewed   every   year   by                                                                   
     independent  third-party  experts to  determine  whether                                                                   
     it   meets  internationally   accepted   standards   for                                                                   
     sustainably managed  fisheries. Alaska salmon  maintains                                                                   
     the   Alaska   RFM   certification,    because   ADF&G's                                                                   
     management  incorporates a  precautionary approach  that                                                                   
     prioritizes wild  fish and minimizes adverse  impacts to                                                                   
     wild stocks.  ADF&G has  extensive enhancement  policies                                                                   
     which protect  wild stocks (e.g. genetics,  marking, and                                                                   
     disease).  Given these  policies,  AFDF and  independent                                                                   
     third-parties  experts  have  confidence that  ADF&G  is                                                                   
     fulfilling  its  constitutional  mandate to  manage  the                                                                   
     State's  fishery resources for  sustainability. AFDF  is                                                                   
     confident    that   ADF&G    would   manage    shellfish                                                                   
     enhancement  with  the  same priority  to  wild  stocks,                                                                   
     therefore,  AFDF support  HB 128 which  will give  ADF&G                                                                   
     the  authority   and  regulatory  framework   to  manage                                                                   
     shellfish enhancement.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:49:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE    KREISS-TOMKINS   asked    where   the    primary                                                              
perspective shellfish  enhancement activity  in Alaska  might take                                                              
place, and with which species.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. DECKER  answered  that the two  groups furthest  along on  the                                                              
research side for  enhancement are the programs undertaken  by the                                                              
AKCRRAB,  on king  crab, and  the Southeast  Alaska Regional  Dive                                                              
Fisheries Association, for sea cucumber.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:50:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NANCY HILLSTRAND, Pioneer Alaskan Fisheries Inc., stated                                                                        
opposition to HB 128, paraphrasing from a prepared statement,                                                                   
which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Please  be very  cautious with  this bill  so all  facts                                                                   
     and   figures  are   on   the  table.   Present   salmon                                                                   
     legislation  is 42  years old.  These multiple  statutes                                                                   
     and regulations  are obsolete in many ways  because they                                                                   
     do  not  reflect  what  we have  learned  over  these  4                                                                   
     decades of time.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     In the  1976 ADFG Annual  Report, the then  Commissioner                                                                   
     admitted  that  we had  been  over harvesting  crab  and                                                                   
     shrimp.  The harvest  levels take  populations over  the                                                                   
     thresholds   of   sustainability  to   withstand   other                                                                   
     mortality  factors  like  predation,  female  male  size                                                                   
     restraints, etc.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Another  danger especially  with  our budget  as it  is.                                                                   
     Monitoring is  scanty and there  is no money  to perform                                                                   
     sustainably. All  oversight rests on one  man...the ADFG                                                                   
     commissioner.  There needs to  be an unbiased  oversight                                                                   
     Board  that  can  see  all  angles  of  this  biological                                                                   
     introduction into our ecosystems.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Before we  "just add fish"...Preliminary  information is                                                                   
     required. We  first need information on  all interacting                                                                   
     limiting mortality  factors of  wild shellfish in  their                                                                   
     nursery grounds. For instance                                                                                              
     ?  what   are  the   predators  in   these  near   shore                                                                   
     nurseries?                                                                                                                 
     ? have we  identified and mapped the  critical shellfish                                                                   
     nurseries in Alaska?                                                                                                       
     ?  are  there introduced  magnitudes  of  hatchery  pink                                                                   
     salmon in these nurseries?                                                                                                 
     ? do  the introduced  magnitudes of  hatchery fish  draw                                                                   
     in  or  cause a  "swamping"  of  additional  depredation                                                                   
     creating  a predator  pit on shellfish  larvae and  mega                                                                   
     lops?                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     There  has  been concern  in  California  that  hatchery                                                                   
     coho  held some  responsibility  in the  crash of  their                                                                   
     Dungeness crab fishery in San Francisco.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The Barents  Sea had an  introduction of King  Crab that                                                                   
     created competition with traditional fisheries.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:53:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TONI MARSH,  President, OceansAlaska,  stated support for  HB 128,                                                              
paraphrasing  from a  prepared statement,  which  read as  follows                                                              
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     HB 128 creates  a regulatory framework with  which ADF&G                                                                   
     can  manage shellfish  fishery enhancement,  restoration                                                                   
     and  shellfish hatcheries.  This  will allow  interested                                                                   
     stakeholders  to either  continue  or begin  enhancement                                                                   
     and/or  restoration  of  certain  species.  OceansAlaska                                                                   
     supports   HB  128   as  it   will  diversify   economic                                                                   
     development,  sustain   cultural  legacy  and   increase                                                                   
     environmental stewardship through:                                                                                         
     1.   Enhancement   of   traditional   and   economically                                                                   
     important shellfish species.                                                                                               
     2. Enhancement  of shellfish species integral  to marine                                                                   
     ecosystems and habitat restoration.                                                                                        
     3. Enhancement  of shellfish  species that are  vital to                                                                   
     climate change and pollution mitigation.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Thank  you   for  your  support   of  HB  128   and  the                                                                   
     mariculture industry.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:54:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN KISER,  Owner, Rocky Bay Oysters,  stated support for  HB 128                                                              
with   reserved   concern  regarding   the   private   mariculture                                                              
operations  as  opposed  to  the   state  run  hatcheries.    Cost                                                              
recovery  operations  should  not  come  into  conflict  with  the                                                              
individual  farming  businesses,  which can  be  accomplished  via                                                              
regulation of the species allowed to be grown.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:55:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MILO ATKINSON,  Professor, University  of Alaska Fairbanks  (UAF),                                                              
encouraged  the committee  to focus on  maintaining oversight  and                                                              
protection of wild  stocks, by reinforcing the need  for diligence                                                              
with  ADF&G.   He  reiterated  the  need  to  be clear  about  the                                                              
difference  between enhancement  and mariculture.   As  previously                                                              
noted,  the  potential  exists  for   negative  effects  to  occur                                                              
regarding  interbreeding of  hatchery reared  and wild stocks,  as                                                              
well as  possible overharvest  of wild  stocks when reared  stocks                                                              
are  taken.   Unlike  salmon, the  potential  for  damage is  much                                                              
higher,  he opined,  and said  strong  oversight will  need to  be                                                              
practiced by the department.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES closed public testimony.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:58:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARY  HAKALA,  Staff,  Representative   Dan  Ortiz,  Alaska  State                                                              
Legislature,  provided the sectional  analysis, paraphrasing  from                                                              
a   prepared   statement,   which  read   as   follows   [original                                                              
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 1                                                                                                                     
     Provides  the Alaska  Board  of Fisheries  authority  to                                                                   
     direct the  department to manage production  of enhanced                                                                   
     shellfish  stocks, beyond  brood stock  needs, for  cost                                                                   
     recovery harvest.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 2                                                                                                                     
     Increases  the permit  application fee  for new  private                                                                   
     nonprofit salmon hatcheries from $100 to $1,000.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 3                                                                                                                     
     Adds  a new  Chapter 12  to Title  16, "Shellfish  Stock                                                                   
     Enhancement   Projects".  Provides   direction  to   the                                                                   
     commissioner  of  the Department  of  Fish and  Game  on                                                                   
     issuance  of  permits for  private  nonprofit  shellfish                                                                   
     fishery  enhancement projects  and establishes a  $1,000                                                                   
     permit  application   fee.  This  section   directs  the                                                                   
     commissioner  to consult with  technical experts  in the                                                                   
     relevant  areas  before permit  issuance.  This  section                                                                   
     provides  for a hearing  prior to  issuance of a  permit                                                                   
     and  describes  certain  permit   terms  including  cost                                                                   
     recovery  fisheries,  harvest,   sale,  and  release  of                                                                   
     enhancement  project produced  shellfish, and  selection                                                                   
     of   brood  stock   sources.   This  section   describes                                                                   
     reporting  requirements and  terms  for modification  or                                                                   
     revocation  of a  permit.  It specifies  that  shellfish                                                                   
     produced  under an  approved enhancement  project are  a                                                                   
     common  property resource,  with  provision for  special                                                                   
     harvest areas by permit holders.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 4                                                                                                                     
     Provides   Commercial    Fisheries   Entry    Commission                                                                   
     authority  to issue special  harvest area entry  permits                                                                   
     to    holders    of    private    nonprofit    shellfish                                                                   
     rehabilitation, or enhancement project permits.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 5                                                                                                                     
     Defines  legal fishing  gear  for special  harvest  area                                                                   
     entry permit holders.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 6                                                                                                                     
     Exempts   shellfish  raised   in  a  private   nonprofit                                                                   
     shellfish project from the farmed fish definition.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 7 and 8                                                                                                               
     Establish  state corporate  income tax  exemption for  a                                                                   
     nonprofit  corporation   holding  a  shellfish   fishery                                                                   
     enhancement permit.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 9                                                                                                                     
     Exempts  shellfish  harvested  under a  special  harvest                                                                   
     area entry permit from seafood development taxes.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 10                                                                                                                    
     Establishes  an effective date  for the salmon  hatchery                                                                   
     permit application fee described in sec. 2.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 11                                                                                                                    
     Authorizes  the Department  of  Fish and  Game to  adopt                                                                   
     implementing regulations.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 12                                                                                                                    
     Establishes  an immediate  effective  date  for sec.  11                                                                   
     pursuant to AS 01.10.070(c).                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Sec. 13                                                                                                                    
     Establishes  an effective  date for  sec. 8  concomitant                                                                   
     with sec. 2, Chapter 55, SLA 2013                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
12:01:38 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAKALA referred to the bill, page 2, Subsection (e), lines                                                                  
28-30, and the language which reads:                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     The  commissioner  may not  issue  a permit  under  this                                                                   
     section  unless  the commissioner  determines  that  the                                                                   
     action would  result in substantial public  benefits and                                                                   
     would not jeopardize natural stocks.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAKALA  pointed out  that additional  language [page  4, lines                                                              
13-19]  establishes  a course  of  action for  permit  termination                                                              
should the commissioner  find that an operation is  not proceeding                                                              
in the  best public  interest.   Thus, the  bill ensures  that the                                                              
department has teeth to maintain accountability among permit                                                                    
holders, she stressed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES announced HB 128 as held.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB076 Sponsor Statement 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Sectional Analysis 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 ver D.PDF HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Fiscal Note DCCED-INV-03-03-17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Fiscal Note DFG-CO-03-03-2017.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - AFDF 2017-03-01.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - Alaska Shellfish Growers Letter 03.03.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - CB Wrangell.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - Mariculture Task Force Letter 03.03.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - MSS Seafood & Ocean Products Industry.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - Oceans Alaska.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - Shelly Wright Letter 03.02.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - Southeast Conference Resolution 03.02.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - UFA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document-Alaska Municipal League 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document-City and Borough of Wrangell 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document-Ketchikan Gateway Borough 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document-Southeast Conference 01.26.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB128 Sponsor Statement 2.6.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Sectional Analysis 2.6.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 ver D.PDF HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Fiscal Note DFG-DCF-02-24-17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Fiscal Note DFG-CFEC-03-03-17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document-AK Mariculture Task Force 2.6.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - ASGA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - AFDF 2017-03-01.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - CB Wrangell.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - MSS Seafood & Ocean Products Industry.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - MTF.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - Oceans Alaska.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - SEC.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - UFA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB076 Supporting Document - APICDA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Supporting Document - SARDFA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB128 Opposing Document - Hillstrand 2.6.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB076 Sectional ver R.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 ver R FSH CS.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB076 Explanation of Changes D to R.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 76
HB128 Supporting Document - APICDA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting Document - SARDFA.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supportintg Document-SWAMC.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Supporting document - AKCRRAB.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Opposing Document - Adkison Comments.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128
HB128 Opposing Document - Hillstrand 2.6.17.pdf HFSH 3/7/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 128