State Rep. Dan Ortiz, of Ketchikan, has filed a bill titled "An act relating to the length of vessels used in a salmon seine fishery."
The bill seems to be a bid to clarify in Alaska statutes that 58 feet is the maximum allowable length overall for a salmon seiner.
It would appear to take away the authority of the Board of Fisheries to provide by regulation for the use of longer vessels.
Deckboss has heard some talk about the motivation behind this bill, but is not yet clear enough on the details to say more about it.
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