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04/21/2021 01:30 PM House FINANCE

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HOUSE BILL NO. 41                                                                                                             
     "An Act  relating to management  of enhanced  stocks of                                                                    
     shellfish; authorizing  certain nonprofit organizations                                                                    
     to engage  in shellfish enhancement  projects; relating                                                                    
     to  application fees  for salmon  hatchery permits  and                                                                    
     shellfish  enhancement  project permits;  allowing  the                                                                    
     Alaska  Seafood Marketing  Institute to  market aquatic                                                                    
   farm products; and providing for an effective date."                                                                         
1:37:45 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DAN  ORTIZ, SPONSOR,  reported that  the bill                                                                    
was  familiar because  it was  heard in  the prior  year and                                                                    
voted  out  of  committee.  He   believed  that  HB  41  was                                                                    
important because  it served to jump  start Alaska's economy                                                                    
and  expand  the  fishing  industry.  He  read  the  sponsor                                                                    
     Enhancement  of Alaska's  shellfish industry  holds the                                                                    
     potential   of  expanded   economic  opportunities   in                                                                    
     Alaska's coastal  communities and  increased resilience                                                                    
     of the State's fisheries portfolio.                                                                                        
     To tap  this potential  House Bill 41  allows qualified                                                                    
     non-profits  to pursue  enhancement and/or  restoration                                                                    
     projects involving shellfish  species including red and                                                                    
     blue  king  crab,  sea  cucumber,  abalone,  and  razor                                                                    
     The bill creates a regulatory  framework with which the                                                                    
     Department  of   Fish  &  Game  can   manage  shellfish                                                                    
     enhancement   projects   and  outlines   criteria   for                                                                    
     issuance  of  permits.  It sets  out  stringent  safety                                                                    
     standards  to  ensure   sustainability  and  health  of                                                                    
     existing  natural  stocks.  The commissioner  of  ADF&G                                                                    
     must also  make a  determination of  substantial public                                                                    
     benefit before a project can proceed.                                                                                      
     In addition, the  bill allows the Department  of Fish &                                                                    
     Game  to  set  the  application  fee  for  a  shellfish                                                                    
     enhancement  project  permit  and  grants  the  similar                                                                    
     authority  over  the  application   fee  for  a  salmon                                                                    
     enhancement project  permit. This bill also  amends the                                                                    
     statutes   governing  the   Alaska  Seafood   Marketing                                                                    
     Institute  to   allow  ASMI  to  market   aquatic  farm                                                                    
     products including oysters and kelp.                                                                                       
     House  Bill   41  plays  an   important  role   in  the                                                                    
     development  of mariculture  in Alaska  by providing  a                                                                    
     method to  increase the available harvest  of shellfish                                                                    
     for  public   use  in   an  environmentally   safe  and                                                                    
     responsible manner.                                                                                                        
LIZ HARPHOLD, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ, relayed that the                                                                    
bill  provided the  legal framework  for  the Department  of                                                                    
Fish  and  Game  (DFG)  to  permit  and  regulate  shellfish                                                                    
hatcheries.  The  bill  was  mirrored  off  salmon  hatchery                                                                    
statutes that were established decades  ago. She shared that                                                                    
industry  stakeholders brought  the  idea  to the  sponsors                                                                     
attention. She  indicated that  Julie Decker  [Chair, Alaska                                                                    
Fisheries    Development    Foundation;    Member,    Alaska                                                                    
Mariculture  Task Force]  had been  a big  proponent of  the                                                                    
bill  but   was  unable  to   testify.  She   detailed  that                                                                    
mariculture included  farming (i.e.,  oysters and  kelp) and                                                                    
was a  private industry. Statutes allowing  mariculture were                                                                    
already  in  existence and  the  bill  did not  change  that                                                                    
except  to  allow  the Alaska  Seafood  Marketing  Institute                                                                    
(ASMI) to  market aquatic farm products.  The bill primarily                                                                    
pertained to  the enhancement  and restoration  of shellfish                                                                    
stocks.  She  noted  that   certain  shellfish  stocks  were                                                                    
depleted  in some  areas  of  the state  like  king crab  in                                                                    
Western  Alaska.  A  few  groups  were  researching  how  to                                                                    
restore and  enhance depleted stocks. The  bill provided the                                                                    
framework to regulate and permit the groups.                                                                                    
1:43:56 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Harphold read the sectional analysis:                                                                                       
     Sec.  1:   Provides  the  Alaska  Board   of  Fisheries                                                                    
     authority   to   direct   the  department   to   manage                                                                    
     production of  enhanced shellfish stocks,  beyond brood                                                                    
     stock needs, for cost recovery harvest.                                                                                    
     Sec.  2: Grants  the Department  of Fish  and Game  the                                                                    
     authority  to set  the fee  for  new private  nonprofit                                                                    
     salmon hatcheries based on regulatory costs.                                                                               
     Sec. 3:  Conforming language consistent with  other fee                                                                    
     structures  set and  adjusted by  regulation, requiring                                                                    
     fees   to    approximately   reflect   the    cost   of                                                                    
     administering  the  application   process,  and  to  be                                                                    
     reviewed and adjusted periodically.                                                                                        
     Sec. 4: Adds  a new Chapter 12 to  Title 16, "Shellfish                                                                    
     Stock Enhancement Projects."                                                                                               
          AS   16.12.010:   Provides    direction   to   the                                                                    
          commissioner of  the Department  of Fish  and Game                                                                    
          on  issuance  of  permits  for  private  nonprofit                                                                    
          shellfish fishery enhancement  projects and grants                                                                    
          the  department the  authority to  set the  permit                                                                    
          application  fee. States  the permit  fee will  be                                                                    
          accounted  for  separately   as  non-general  fund                                                                    
          program   receipts.  This   section  directs   the                                                                    
          commissioner to consult  with technical experts in                                                                    
        the relevant areas before permit issuance;                                                                              
          AS 16.12.020:  Provides for  a hearing  and public                                                                    
          notification and  input process prior  to issuance                                                                    
          of a permit;                                                                                                          
          AS  16.12.030 Describes  terms and  conditions for                                                                    
          permit  holders to  conduct their  work, including                                                                    
          cost  recovery   fisheries,  harvest,   sale,  and                                                                    
          release    of    enhancement   project    produced                                                                    
          shellfish, and selection of brood stock sources;                                                                      
          AS  16.12.040:  Describes the  revocation  process                                                                    
          should  a permit  holder fail  to comply  with the                                                                    
          terms and conditions of the permit;                                                                                   
          AS  16.12.050: Specifies  that shellfish  produced                                                                    
          under  an  approved   enhancement  project  are  a                                                                    
          common  property  resource,   with  provision  for                                                                    
          special  harvest  areas  by permit  holders.  This                                                                    
          section also  specifies the Board of  Fisheries to                                                                    
          establish regulations relating to this chapter;                                                                       
          AS  16.12.060: Directs  the  department to  advise                                                                    
          and  assist  permit  holders  in  their  planning,                                                                    
          operations,  and construction  of facilities  to a                                                                    
          reasonable and appropriate extent;                                                                                    
          AS  16.12.070  provides  department  authority  to                                                                    
          approve source  and number of shellfish  taken for                                                                    
          use as brood stock.                                                                                                   
          AS  16.12.080 places  restrictions  on how  monies                                                                    
          received from  sale of shellfish may  be used only                                                                    
          for   operating   costs  associated   with   their                                                                    
          AS  16.12.090 Relates  to Cost  Recovery Fisheries                                                                    
          and  provides   a  means  by  which   a  shellfish                                                                    
          hatchery may  contract to either harvest  and sell                                                                    
          shellfish, or to  implement a self-assessment from                                                                    
          amongst   its   membership,    for   purposes   of                                                                    
          recovering operational  costs associated  with the                                                                    
          AS  16.12.100 Gives  the  department authority  to                                                                    
          inspect facilities at any  time while the facility                                                                    
          is in operation;                                                                                                      
          AS 16.12.110  Requires a  permit holder  to submit                                                                    
          an annual report to the department;                                                                                   
          AS 16.12.199 provides definitions for "facility,"                                                                     
          "genetically     modified      shellfish,"     and                                                                    
     Sec.  5:   Provides  the  Commercial   Fisheries  Entry                                                                    
     Commission  authority  to  issue special  harvest  area                                                                    
     entry   permits  to   holders   of  private   nonprofit                                                                    
     enhancement project permits.                                                                                               
     Sec. 6: Defines legal  fishing gear for special harvest                                                                    
     area entry permit holders.                                                                                                 
     Sec. 7:  adds marketing  and promotion of  aquatic farm                                                                    
     products  to  the  powers  and  duties  of  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI).                                                                                        
     Sec.  8: Conforming  amendment,  prohibiting ASMI  from                                                                    
     promoting  aquatic farm  products  not  from Alaska,  a                                                                    
     specific  region  of Alaska,  or  by  a specific  brand                                                                    
     Sec. 9:  Conforming amendment regarding  the definition                                                                    
     of "seafood."                                                                                                              
     Sec. 10:  Utilizes the existing definition  of "aquatic                                                                    
     farm products" in AS 16.40.199                                                                                             
     Sec.  11:   Exempts  shellfish  raised  in   a  private                                                                    
     nonprofit  shellfish  project  from the  definition  of                                                                    
     "farmed fish."                                                                                                             
     Sec. 12 Makes application  fee revenues received by the                                                                    
     Department of  Fish and Game  from the  salmon hatchery                                                                    
     and  shellfish  hatchery   programs  be  accounted  for                                                                    
     separately. Appropriations from  those program receipts                                                                    
     are  not made  from  the  unrestricted general  revenue                                                                    
     Sec.   13:  Establish   state   corporate  income   tax                                                                    
     exemption  for   a  nonprofit  corporation   holding  a                                                                    
     shellfish fishery enhancement permit.                                                                                      
     Sec. 14:  A technical conforming amendment  required by                                                                    
     prior session  law and  has no  impact on  the policies                                                                    
     being set in this bill.                                                                                                    
     Sec. 15:  Exempts shellfish  harvested under  a special                                                                    
     harvest  area  entry  permit from  seafood  development                                                                    
     Sec. 16:  Establishes an effective date  for the salmon                                                                    
     hatchery permit application fee  described in section 2                                                                    
     of this bill.                                                                                                              
     Sec. 17: Authorizes the Department  of Fish and Game to                                                                    
     adopt implementing regulations.                                                                                            
     Sec. 18:  Establishes an  immediate effective  date for                                                                    
   section 17 of this bill pursuant to AS 01.10.070(c).                                                                         
     Sec. 19:  Establishes an effective date  for section 14                                                                    
     of this bill  concomitant with sec. 2,  Chapter 55, SLA                                                                    
     2013 and has no effect on  the policy set forth in this                                                                    
1:50:12 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Merrick indicated  that the  committee would  hear                                                                    
invited testimony.                                                                                                              
1:50:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SAM  RABUNG,  DIRECTOR,  DIVISION OF  COMMERCIAL  FISHERIES,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT   OF   FISH   AND  GAME   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
introduced  himself. He  reported that  he was  appointed to                                                                    
the  governor's  Mariculture  Task Force  by  Governor  Bill                                                                    
Walker  and remained  a member  since  its establishment  in                                                                    
2016. He  delineated that the  DFG mission statement  was to                                                                    
protect maintain,  and improve  the fish, game,  and aquatic                                                                    
plant  resources  of the  state  and  manage their  use  and                                                                    
development  in the  best interest  of the  economy and  the                                                                    
wellbeing of  the people  of the  state consistent  with the                                                                    
sustained yield principle. He cited AS 16.05.092 (2) (3):                                                                       
     (2) encourage  the investment by private  enterprise in                                                                    
     the technological development  and economic utilization                                                                    
     of the fisheries resources;                                                                                                
          (3)   through  rehabilitation,   enhancement,  and                                                                    
     development programs do all  things necessary to ensure                                                                    
     perpetual  and increasing  production  and  use of  the                                                                    
     food resources  of state  waters and  continental shelf                                                                    
Mr. Rabung continued that the  work described in the statute                                                                    
was  previously  under  the   purview  of  the  Division  of                                                                    
Fisheries Rehabilitation Enhancement  and Development (FRED)                                                                    
until 1994  when the division  was merged with  the Division                                                                    
of  Commercial  Fisheries  (DCF).  The  division  no  longer                                                                    
carried  out   fisheries  restoration,   rehabilitation,  or                                                                    
enhancement projects.  The Division of  Commercial Fisheries                                                                    
still operated  the pathology,  gene conservation,  mark and                                                                    
tag, and age  labs and contracted out  prior FRED hatcheries                                                                    
to   private   non-profit  aquaculture   associations.   The                                                                    
Statewide  Aquaculture   Planning  and   Permitting  Section                                                                    
provided  salmon  hatchery  permitting  and  oversight.  The                                                                    
section  was responsible  for the  salmon hatchery  program,                                                                    
aquatic  farming   program,  and  permitting   research  and                                                                    
educational   projects    statewide.   He    explained   the                                                                    
 significant   differences   between  aquatic   farming  and                                                                    
fishery enhancement.  He expounded that currently  the state                                                                    
limited mariculture  to aquatic farming. He  defined aquatic                                                                    
farming as a facility the  grows farms or cultivates aquatic                                                                    
farm products in captivity or under positive control.                                                                           
1:53:18 PM                                                                                                                    
Mr.  Rabung   continued  that   aquatic  farm   product  was                                                                    
considered   private  property.   He   elaborated  that   in                                                                    
contrast,  the   other  form  of  mariculture   was  fishery                                                                    
enhancement,     which     entailed     the     restoration,                                                                    
rehabilitation,  or enhancement  of  natural production  and                                                                    
benefitted   the  common   property   fisheries  where   the                                                                    
organisms were harvested for  personal, sport, or commercial                                                                    
use.   The  bill   would  allow   mariculture  for   fishery                                                                    
enhancement.  He noted  that restoration  and rehabilitation                                                                    
projects ceased once its  targets were achieved. Enhancement                                                                    
boosted  naturally  producing  stock  above  what  it  could                                                                    
produce  in nature  to provide  harvestable surplus.  If the                                                                    
project ceased, the supplemental  harvest was eliminated and                                                                    
reverted to natural harvest levels.                                                                                             
Mr. Rabung provided an example  of a mariculture enhancement                                                                    
project; the Alaska King  Crab Research, Rehabilitation, and                                                                    
Biology  Program (AKCRRB).  He elucidated  that the  program                                                                    
planted  juvenile   king  crab   from  nearby   stocks  into                                                                    
locations  that  had  previously  supported  larger  stocks.                                                                    
Fishing closures  was the  only tool  the department  had to                                                                    
try  to  restore overfished  stocks.  The  bill allowed  for                                                                    
enhancement  projects  as another  tool  to  try to  rebound                                                                    
depleted  stocks. He  offered an  example  of a  mariculture                                                                    
rehabilitation  project  that  was  collecting  adult  razor                                                                    
clams  from the  east side  of Cook  Inlet inducing  them to                                                                    
spawn in a  hatchery and replanting them on  the same beach.                                                                    
He mentioned that the same  method could work for hard shell                                                                    
clams  in Kachemak  Bay or  for  collecting and  aggregating                                                                    
abalone in Southeast Alaska.                                                                                                    
Mr. Rabung highlighted  mariculture enhancement projects. He                                                                    
elucidated  that   back  stocking  sea   cucumber  juveniles                                                                    
immediately  following a  dive  fishery that  occurred on  a                                                                    
three year rotation  was a prime example  of enhancement and                                                                    
could  allow  for a  quicker  rotation.  He added  that  the                                                                    
enhancement example could be done  with other species, i.e.,                                                                    
geoduck or king  crab to increase the  numbers available for                                                                    
harvest. He  indicated that targeting enhanced  stocks could                                                                    
allow  for  the  rebounding  of   other  natural  stocks  by                                                                    
reducing their harvest  pressure. The passage of  a law that                                                                    
would allow for  restoration, rehabilitation, or enhancement                                                                    
of shellfish stocks was one  of the priorities identified in                                                                    
the Alaska  Mariculture Taskforces   Mariculture Development                                                                    
Plan. He  shared that  if HB  41 passed,  the work  would be                                                                    
subject to  oversight by  DFG. The state  was known  for the                                                                    
most  stringent aquaculture  guidance in  the world.  He was                                                                    
confident the  department had the  ability to carry  out the                                                                    
provisions of HB 41.                                                                                                            
1:58:09 PM                                                                                                                    
JEREMY   WOODROW,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR  PRESIDENT,   ALASKA                                                                    
SEAFOOD  MARKETING INSTITUTE,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference),                                                                    
read from a prepared statement:                                                                                                 
     Alaska  Seafood  Marketing   Institute  (ASMI)  fosters                                                                    
     economic development of  Alaska's seafood resources. It                                                                    
     plays  a  key  role  in  positioning  Alaska's  seafood                                                                    
     industry   as   a    competitive   market-driven   food                                                                    
     production industry  and functions  as a  brand manager                                                                    
     of  the Alaska  Seafood family  of brands.  Recognizing                                                                    
     mariculture  is  an  emerging  maritime  industry  with                                                                    
     tremendous opportunity for  Alaska's coastal economies,                                                                    
     ASMI supports HB 41.                                                                                                       
     Mariculture  involves cultivating  marine organisms  in                                                                    
     the ocean for food and  other products such as oysters,                                                                    
     mussels,  abalone, or  geoducks, as  well as  seaweeds,                                                                    
     such  as  kelp. The  practice  does  not require  feed,                                                                    
     fertilizers, insecticides,  herbicides, or antibiotics,                                                                    
     making it  sustainable and inexpensive. Because  of its                                                                    
     economic   and   environmental  promise,   the   Alaska                                                                    
     Mariculture  Task  Force  has identified  the  goal  to                                                                    
     build  Alaska's  mariculture  production  into  a  $100                                                                    
     million per year industry in 20 years.                                                                                     
     In order to increase  jobs and economic opportunity for                                                                    
     fishermen  and Alaskan  businesses, the  ASMI Board  of                                                                    
     Directors  unanimously supports  HB 41  and legislative                                                                    
     action  to  allow  for  the  marketing  of  mariculture                                                                    
     products  or  "aquatic  farm products"  as  defined  in                                                                    
     Alaska  Statute   16.40.199,  which  it   is  currently                                                                    
     prohibited from doing. It is  joined in support of this                                                                    
     bill  by  the  Alaska   seafood  industry,  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Mariculture  Task  Force,   and  the  Alaska  Shellfish                                                                    
     Growers'  Association, as  well  as  many new  Alaskan-                                                                    
     owned and operated businesses.                                                                                             
     Not  only   does  mariculture  present   a  significant                                                                    
     economic opportunity for Alaska,  it offers the ability                                                                    
     for  seafood  companies  to  diversify  their  existing                                                                    
     product  portfolios. With  the support  and efforts  of                                                                    
     the  Mariculture Task  Force,  small family  businesses                                                                    
     have already proven products  to be commercially viable                                                                    
     by selling  boutique products while  offering fishermen                                                                    
     opportunities to  utilize their  vessels and  skills on                                                                    
     shoulder seasons.                                                                                                          
     If passed,  ASMI plans to include  mariculture products                                                                    
     in  its  effective   and  lucrative  consumer,  retail,                                                                    
     foodservice,  and food  aid outreach,  in domestic  and                                                                    
     targeted foreign  markets. In  efforts to ramp  up this                                                                    
     burgeoning industry, ASMI will  lend the same expertise                                                                    
     in  outreach to  this industry  as it  has to  Alaska's                                                                    
     seafood industry for 40 years.                                                                                             
     Thank  you  for  recognizing   the  value  of  Alaska's                                                                    
     maritime   economy  and   for  your   consideration  of                                                                    
     meaningful  legislation  to  aid  economic  development                                                                    
     across Alaska's coastal communities.                                                                                       
2:01:06 PM                                                                                                                    
HEATHER   MCCARTY,  CHAIR,   MARICULTURE  TASK   FORCE  (via                                                                    
teleconference)  introduced herself.  She  relayed that  she                                                                    
was  also  the Co-Chair  of  the  AKCRRB program.  She  also                                                                    
worked for  the Central  Bering Sea  Fishermens  Association                                                                    
(CBSFA) located  on the Priblof Islands.  She reiterated the                                                                    
history  of   HB  41.  She  offered   that  the  mariculture                                                                    
taskforce had  two priority recommendations contained  in HB
         Allow for shellfish fishery enhancement and                                                                         
         Amend the ASMI statutes to allow marketing of                                                                       
          aquatic farm products.                                                                                                
Ms. McCarty  continued that  the CBSFA had  a great  deal of                                                                    
interest  in  shellfish   mariculture.  She  explained  that                                                                    
until  40  years ago  a  viable  blue crab  fishery  existed                                                                    
around  the  Priblof  Islands.  So far,  the  only  tool  to                                                                    
restore  the fishery  has  been to  close  the fishery.  She                                                                    
described  a similar  situation  with the  depletion of  red                                                                    
king crab near Kodiak that collapsed  at the same time.  She                                                                    
related that  citizens from Kodiak  and the  Priblofs formed                                                                    
the  AKCRRB program  with the  hope  of rehabilitating  crab                                                                    
stocks.  The  program was  in  existence  for 15  years  and                                                                    
undertook  research to  understand the  crab lifecycle.  The                                                                    
program was successful in rearing  crab in captivity and the                                                                    
next  step was  to produce  more crab  stock and  release it                                                                    
into the wild. The  crab rearing technology was transferable                                                                    
to other crab species. She  described the strong support for                                                                    
the bill, especially for the  rehabilitation of crab stocks.                                                                    
She  spoke to  the marketing  portion of  the bill  and felt                                                                    
that it was also extremely important.                                                                                           
2:06:15 PM                                                                                                                    
GINNY  ECKERT,  CO-CHAIR,  STEERING COMMITTEE,  ALASKA  KING                                                                    
CRAB  RESEARCH,  REHABILITATION,  AND BIOLOGY  PROGRAM  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  shared  that  she  was  also  a  fisheries                                                                    
professor  at   the  University  of  Alaska   Fairbanks  and                                                                    
Director  of  Alaska  Sea  Grant. She  also  served  as  the                                                                    
Science Director for  the AKCRRB program. She  had worked in                                                                    
many  shellfish fisheries.  She spoke  to the  need for  the                                                                    
rehabilitation of  shellfish. She  related that many  of the                                                                    
shellfish  had  declined  in abundance  and  were  important                                                                    
fishery  resources.  She  elaborated   that  the  king  crab                                                                    
fishery  crashed  in the early  1980s  due to overfishing in                                                                    
the  1960s  and  1970s.   The populations  depressed so  low                                                                    
that they  were not able to  recover on their own.  Over the                                                                    
last  decade  many  scientists had  studied  king  crab  and                                                                    
published papers  regarding their  lifecycle. Enough  is now                                                                    
known  to  move  king  crab   rehabilitation  forward  in  a                                                                    
responsible  manner.  She   illuminated  that  the  research                                                                    
revealed the  population was bottlenecked and  struggling to                                                                    
recover on its own. They  performed a test model of planting                                                                    
crabs in the  wild and were able to  recover planted animals                                                                    
one  year   later.  She   reported  that   genetic  concerns                                                                    
accompanied the type of  rehabilitation, but genetic studies                                                                    
were undertaken.  The scientists understood the  genetics of                                                                    
the wild population so they  could appropriately culture the                                                                    
planted stock  to minimize impacts  on the wild  stocks. Ms.                                                                    
Eckert along  with colleagues  also surveyed  17 traditional                                                                    
abalone sites  and found  abalone in  only 4  sites; Abalone                                                                    
was  also   overfished.  She   emphasized  that   there  was                                                                    
potential  for restoration  in Alaska  based  on efforts  in                                                                    
Washington state. The  bill was needed to  move forward with                                                                    
any of the restoration projects.                                                                                                
2:10:48 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Merrick OPENED Public Testimony.                                                                                       
2:11:08 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Merrick CLOSED Public Testimony.                                                                                       
Co-Chair Merrick asked Mr. Woodrow  to review published Zero                                                                    
Fiscal  Note 1  from the  Department of  Commerce, Community                                                                    
and Economic  Development [FN 1  CED] appropriated  to ASMI.                                                                    
Mr.  Woodrow  indicated that  ASMI  did  not anticipate  any                                                                    
fiscal impact if HB 41 was adopted.                                                                                             
2:11:50 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Merrick invited Mr. Rabung  to review Fiscal Note 2                                                                    
[FN 2 DFG] and  Fiscal Note 3 [FN 3 DFG]  from DFG that were                                                                    
both  zero   and  were  appropriated  to   the  Division  of                                                                    
Commercial Fisheries.  Mr. Rabung  shared that  the division                                                                    
would utilize  existing staff in its  aquaculture section to                                                                    
administer  the program.  The  department  would absorb  any                                                                    
costs related to the bill.                                                                                                      
2:12:45 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Merrick   requested  a   review  of   the  Special                                                                    
Appropriations  published  Fiscal  Note  4  appropriated  to                                                                    
Shared Taxes.                                                                                                                   
KYLE SCHERRER, PROGRAM BUDGET  ANALYST, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT                                                                    
AND BUDGET  (via teleconference),  reported that  the fiscal                                                                    
note  was  indeterminate.  He  furthered  that  because  the                                                                    
Department   of  Revenues    (DOR)   revenue  estimate   was                                                                    
indeterminate  the  appropriation  to  the  hatchery  permit                                                                    
holder is also indeterminate.                                                                                                   
Co-Chair Merrick  asked DOR to review  published Fiscal Note                                                                    
5  from  DOR  [FN  5   DOR]  appropriated  to  Taxation  and                                                                    
2:13:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRIS BECKER,  AUDITOR, TAX DIVISION, DEPARTMENT  OF REVENUE                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  reported  that  Fiscal  Note  5  was                                                                    
indeterminant.  He  expounded  that  it  was  not  currently                                                                    
possible to determine the revenue  impact because the number                                                                    
of  fishers  and  hatcheries   that  would  participate  was                                                                    
unknown. He added that implementation costs were zero.                                                                          
2:14:16 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative  Thompson asked  if  the  committee would  be                                                                    
moving  out the  bill today.  Co-Chair Merrick  responded in                                                                    
the  affirmative. Representative  Thompson indicated  he had                                                                    
an amendment currently being drafted.                                                                                           
Co-Chair Merrick set the bill aside.                                                                                            
HB  41  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB041 Letters of Support as of 03.30.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 41
HB041 Sponsor Statement ver. B 1.27.21.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 41
HB041 Sectional Analysis ver B 03.10.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 41
HB47 Sponsor Statement 3.31.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 47
HB 47 Sectional Analysis version A.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 47
HB 47 Testimony - Received as of 4.6.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 47
HB47 Additional Documents 04.06.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 47
HB 127 Letter of Support Maniilaq 3.15.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127 Sponsor Statement version A 3.16.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127 Sectional Analysis version A 3.16.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 127
HB 127 Support Letter University of Alaska 3.9.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
SFIN 4/21/2022 9:00:00 AM
HB 127
HB 41 Letter of Support - ASMI 04.21.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 41
HB 41 Letter of Support - ABSC 04.22.2021.pdf HFIN 4/21/2021 1:30:00 PM
HB 41