Here's a sponsor statement from Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, on his sea otter control bill.
Senate Bill 60 would have the state pay Alaska Natives a $100 bounty for every sea otter taken lawfully under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Stedman says the fast-growing population of voracious sea otters threatens the future of dive and crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska, jeopardizing hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity.
The bill is up for a hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Senate Resources Committee.
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