HCR 8: Expressing the strong support of the Alaska State Legislature for the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center; and urging the University of Alaska to maintain the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center as an important resource in the state.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 8 01 Expressing the strong support of the Alaska State Legislature for the Kodiak Seafood 02 and Marine Science Center; and urging the University of Alaska to maintain the Kodiak 03 Seafood and Marine Science Center as an important resource in the state. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the Alaska seafood industry employs more workers than any other 06 private sector industry in the state, employing 60,000 workers annually and providing those 07 workers with $1,600,000,000 in annual earnings; and 08 WHEREAS significant economic benefits accrue to the state directly from the 09 activities of the state's seafood industry; in 2014, the seafood had a harvest value of 10 $1,900,000,000 and a first wholesale value of $4,200,000,000; and 11 WHEREAS the number of seafood industry jobs in the state that require technical and 12 professional skill is increasing and the state is at a crossroads in its need to diversify and 13 expand its economy; and 14 WHEREAS, in 1974, a group of Alaskans from the coastal regions of the state 15 worked together to develop plans for a Fishery Industrial Technology Center that would
01 provide teaching, research, and services relating to the seafood industry, through the 02 University of Alaska, to citizens and businesses in the state; and 03 WHEREAS, in 1981, the Fishery Industrial Technology Center was established in 04 state statute as part of the University of Alaska; and 05 WHEREAS the statutory duties of the center include creating employment 06 opportunities in the state's fishing industry, providing training to citizens of the state in the 07 harvesting, processing, and conservation of the state's fishery resources, providing research 08 and development activities to enhance the effectiveness and economic viability of the state's 09 fishing industry, and encouraging joint projects between industry and government to use 10 industrial experience and government programs to enhance the productivity of the industry; 11 and 12 WHEREAS teaching, training, research, and technical assistance carried out at the 13 center serves all Alaskans, being primarily delivered by Alaska Sea Grant and fisheries 14 faculty who, in fiscal year 2016, provided workforce training to 265 industry members, 15 educational opportunities to 25 graduate and undergraduate students, and technical assistance 16 to over 70 seafood businesses, tribes, and communities; and 17 WHEREAS the Department of Environmental Conservation has designated the center 18 and its faculty as "process authorities" for the purposes of certifying the safety of the state's 19 seafood; and 20 WHEREAS the state built the Alfred Owen Building in 1991 to be the home for the 21 Fishery Industrial Technology Center using $10,800,000 from the state's settlement of the 22 criminal case originating from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and, in 2011, the name of the 23 center was changed to the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center; the facility is 20,000 24 square feet in size and has five dedicated laboratories, a pilot plant 5,000 square feet in size, 25 three freezers, and numerous offices and conference rooms; and 26 WHEREAS the state built the center on Near Island, on land that the City of Kodiak 27 donated to the University of Alaska; and 28 WHEREAS the activities of the center are guided by a seven-member Fishery 29 Industrial Technology Policy Council, composed of two members who represent the state's 30 seafood processing industry, two members who are commercial fishermen in the state, and 31 three public members who, together, assist the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska
01 in preparing an annual report to the Alaska State Legislature on the center's activities; and 02 WHEREAS the center is a unique and well-positioned hub of knowledge, inquiry, 03 research, and work that serves many industry partners, including the Department of Fish and 04 Game, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Commerce, 05 Community, and Economic Development, the Department of Natural Resources, the Alaska 06 Fisheries Development Foundation, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the North Pacific 07 Fisheries Management Council, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Department of 08 Education and Early Development, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 09 and other entities; and 10 WHEREAS the Alfred Owen Building is a key asset in delivering the opportunities 11 that the center is statutorily directed to provide and, in 2016, the legislative research services 12 described the building as continuing to be ready to meet the center's statutorily prescribed 13 duties; 14 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature strongly supports the Kodiak 15 Seafood and Marine Science Center, formerly the Fishery Industrial Technology Center, as a 16 statewide hub for research, training, and technical assistance efforts to support fisheries across 17 the entire state and urges the University of Alaska to find a solution that keeps the center 18 operating and stable.