Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A looming fish fight in Juneau

We've got a potentially hot legislative hearing scheduled for this morning on House Bill 266.

Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, says his bill "directs the Board of Fisheries to place restrictions on sport and commercial fisheries before putting restrictions on personal use fisheries when the harvest of a stock or species is limited to achieve an escapement goal."

Translation: Cook Inlet salmon dipnetters could keep fishing after sport anglers and commercial gillnetters are shut down.

Click here to find Stoltze's full sponsor statement plus the actual text of HB 266.

The hearing begins at 10:15 a.m. in the House Special Committee on Fisheries.

Listen here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Also poses a serious threat to the Copper River commercial fishery. This bill will likely come up again next Tuesday (Feb 23). You can send letters to the committee chair, Rep. Edgmon in the meantime: Representative_Bryce_Edgmon@legis.state.ak.us Apparently Stoltze is working on a CS in the meantime.