Rep Stolze and nine otherÂ representatives introduced HB 254 on May 3rd.Â The bill was referred to fisheries and resources.
Â The Legislation reads as follows: “An Act providing for a priority for a fishery that is restricted to residents when fishing restrictions are implemented to achieve an escapement goal.”Â
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: (j) Notwithstanding AS 16.05.258, when the harvest of a stock or species is limited to achieve an escapement goal, the Board of Fisheries shall place restrictions on all other fisheries before restricting personal use fisheries.Â In this subsection,Â “escapement goal” means the escapement, or annual estimated size, of the target stock that provides the greatest potential for maximum sustained yield as established by the board.