by Christine Kim
Saturday, February 6, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Board of Fisheries sent a letter this week to the Legislature asking it to evaluate the permitting protections and standards in Bristol Bay. In addition, it asked for additional safeguards to protect the fish and game habitat.
The letter comes after public testimony before the board in December on Proposal 13, to create a fish refuge in some river drainages. Many who were against more protection say it creates additional restrictions and will affect economic development. Those for it say the letter will send a clear message.
"I think the Board of Fish acted properly and did its job," said the proposal's author, Brian Kraft. "It's mandated to ensure that laws and regulations are put in place to protect the State of Alaska."
The board is now waiting to hear back from the Legislature.