I hesitate to start this thread given the recent tone in some other threads. However, this is a really intersting situation regarding fishery management on so many different levels I had to post it. I think it can generate some very interesting posts. I'd ask folks to keep it positive however, factual, and with respect to all. What do you think about house bill 18 and this method of setting natural resource policy?
"An Act providing priority to personal use fisheries when fishing restrictions are
implemented to achieve a management goal."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
* Section 1. AS 16.05.251 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:5 (j) Except as provided in AS 16.05.258, when the harvest of a stock or species6 is limited to achieve a management goal, the Board of Fisheries shall place restrictions7 on all other fisheries before restricting personal use fisheries. In this subsection,8 "management goal" means the escapement or estimated population size of the9 exploited stock that provides the greatest potential for sustained yield as established by10 the board.