AOC Email Alert
Oral argument before Alaska Supreme Court
Tuesday - December 10, 2013
Fairbanks Judiciary Courts State building - 101 Lacy Street
The Alaska Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (AFWCF), the litigation arm of the Alaska Outdoor Council (AOC) is appealing the state court's decision in the Alaska Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund v. SOA and Ahtna Tene Nene'
before the Alaska Supreme Court.
It's a question of whether the Alaska Board of Game (BOG) can offer a priority to take a publicly owned resource, wild game, during times of abundant harvestable surplus.
Fairbanks attorney Michael C. Kramer will be presenting oral arguments on behalf of the Fund before the Alaska Supreme Court on Tuesday - December 10th at 10:15am.
You are welcome to attend the hearing and show your support for AOC's efforts to make sure game allocation in Alaska is consistent with state law.
The Alaska Statute 16.05.258 Subsistence use and allocation of fish and game says you can not differentiate among subsistence users until the harvestable portion of the population is not sufficient to provide a reasonable opportunity for subsistence uses. The BOG has determined that the current harvestable surplus of moose and caribou in the Copper River Basin is sufficient to provide a reasonable opportunity for all Alaskans who choose to take wild game for its nutritional value to them and their families.
The Alaska Department of Law is defending the BOG's decision to adopt regulations under a state statute regarding licensing of sport fish and hunting, AS 16.05.330(c) that has circumvented the state's subsistence law and past AK Supreme Court decision on the subject. The BOG regulation confers a privilege to harvest a public resource during times of abundant harvestable surplus based on one's ability to join a group of 25 or more.
AOC feels that action by the BOG violates a number of individual rights protected under Article I, Section 1 and Article 8, Section 3 of the Alaska State Constitution. The hearing is scheduled to last 25 minutes, from 10:15am - 10:40am. Please come down and show your support for lawful allocation of subsistence resources during times of abundant harvestable surplus.
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