Saturday, January 8, 2011

There oughta be a law...

State legislators yesterday unveiled a pack of bills they've prefiled ahead of the Jan. 18 start of the 2011 session.

Here are the bills of interest to Alaska fish folk.

House Bill 20, providing for a priority for a fishery that is restricted to residents when fishing restrictions are implemented to achieve a management goal. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak

House Bill 59, relating to loans made to commercial fishermen under the Commercial Fishing Loan Act for product quality improvements and energy efficiency upgrades; and providing for an effective date. Sponsor: Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer

House Bill 60, relating to aquatic farm permitting involving geoducks and to geoduck seed transfers between certified hatcheries and aquatic farms. Sponsor: Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer

Senate Bill 20, relating to personal use fishing permits; and establishing the personal use fishery fund. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai

Senate Bill 24, establishing the Sport Fishing Guide Services Board and licensing requirements for sport fishing guide-outfitters, sport fishing outfitters, sport fishing assistant guides, and sport fishing transporters; making conforming amendments; allowing the Department of Fish and Game to collect information on guiding services; and providing for an effective date. Sponsor: Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage

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