Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/29/2016 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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Moved SJR 12 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Moved SCS HB 128(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
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                 HB 128-ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY                                                                              
9:27:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  called the committee  back to order  and announced                                                               
the consideration of HB 128.                                                                                                    
9:27:40 AM                                                                                                                    
KRISTINA  ANDREW,  Staff,  Representative  Bryce  Edgmon,  Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, read  the sponsor  statement                                                               
for HB 128 as follows:                                                                                                          
     Alaskans prize wild salmon. No  other of our fish plays                                                                    
     such a prevalent  role in our lives and no  other is so                                                                    
     nourishing  and  appetizing.   According  to  a  survey                                                                    
     conducted  during the  summer  of 2011,  96 percent  of                                                                    
     Alaskans feel that salmon is  essential to their way of                                                                    
     Salmon subsistence fishing  has sustained Alaska Native                                                                    
     people  for thousands  of  years. Recreational  fishing                                                                    
     for salmon is a lifelong  pursuit and passion for urban                                                                    
     and rural residents alike, along  with many visitors to                                                                    
     our  state.  Commercial  salmon   fishing  has  been  a                                                                    
     mainstay  industry in  Alaska for  more than  a hundred                                                                    
     By establishing August 10th as  Alaska Wild Salmon Day,                                                                    
     HB 128  will encourage the celebration  of these Alaska                                                                    
     pastimes, professions,  and ways  of life.  Alaska Wild                                                                    
     Salmon Day  will also provide opportunities  to promote                                                                    
     our   wild   salmon's    deliciousness,   purity,   and                                                                    
     healthfulness to  visitors from across the  country and                                                                    
     around the world.                                                                                                          
     Prior  to   introducing  this  bill,  our   office  has                                                                    
     consulted with  people involved  in the  Alaska seafood                                                                    
     marketing industry,  the Alaska restaurant  and tourism                                                                    
     industries,  and  even  representatives  from  Alaska's                                                                    
     airlines, and  they all agree  that Alaska  Wild Salmon                                                                    
     Day  can create  endless opportunities  to make  salmon                                                                    
     lovers out of countless visitors to Alaska.                                                                                
     We are  confident in upcoming  support from  the Alaska                                                                    
     Travel Industry  Association, Visit Alaska,  the Alaska                                                                    
     Seafood   Marketing   Institute  (ASMI),   the   United                                                                    
     Fishermen of Alaska, and Alaska Airlines.                                                                                  
9:29:40 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  asked why  August 10th  was chosen  as the  day to                                                               
celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                                               
MS. ANDREW answered that the intent  was to select a day that was                                                               
in the midst  of the tourism season. She explained  that July was                                                               
crowded with state holidays and early August was chosen.                                                                        
CHAIR STOLTZE suggested that July  10th might be more appropriate                                                               
because the  date coincided with  the start of  the Kenai-Kasilof                                                               
Personal Use Salmon Fishery.                                                                                                    
MS. ANDREW pointed out that July 9th was Alaska Flag Day.                                                                       
SENATOR  MCGUIRE stated  that she  supported  Alaska Wild  Salmon                                                               
Day. She said she had two  questions, the first was the status on                                                               
U.S. Senator  Lisa Murkowski's  challenge for  the U.S.  Food and                                                               
Drug  Administration  (FDA)  to   rule  on  genetically  modified                                                               
methods for  farmed salmon.  Second, she  asked what  the sponsor                                                               
envisioned for  activities that would  take place on  Alaska Wild                                                               
Salmon Day. She  inquired if local community  councils would come                                                               
up with their own ideas and how would children be involved.                                                                     
MS. ANDREW  replied that she did  not have an answer  regarding a                                                               
FDA ruling  on farmed  salmon. She  addressed Alaska  Wild Salmon                                                               
Day and  explained that the  intent was  to establish a  day that                                                               
could be celebrated by the  state, private industry, communities,                                                               
and  families.  She opined  that  HB  128  would  be liken  to  a                                                               
birthday party  for salmon  that would  be celebrated  with cook-                                                               
offs  and merchandise.  She said  HB 128  would let  Alaskans and                                                               
visitors  know  that August  10th  was  a  day to  celebrate  the                                                               
beloved salmon.                                                                                                                 
9:32:50 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE  recounted that the  Legislature in the  past had                                                               
grown tired  of created  new "days." She  opined that  "days" had                                                               
merit and  her intent was to  consider what the "days"  were. She                                                               
suggested  that  Alaska  Wild Salmon  Day  address  a  commercial                                                               
element  where  the  cruise  ship   and  tourism  industries  get                                                               
involved  as  was done  with  the  Iditarod.  She added  that  an                                                               
educational  element for  children be  integrated as  well during                                                               
the final month of school.  She opined that children should learn                                                               
about "wild versus  farmed" and why wild salmon  was important in                                                               
one's diet.                                                                                                                     
MS. ANDREW revealed that the  bill's original draft mentioned the                                                               
educational  component. She  concurred  that  both promotion  and                                                               
education should be explored for Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                        
CHAIR  STOLTZE remarked  that HB  128 identified  salmon in  both                                                               
formal  and  less  formal  terms.   He  noted  that  Chinook  was                                                               
identified  as  "king." He  asked  what  provenance was  used  in                                                               
deciding on names for specific salmon species.                                                                                  
MS. ANDREW  replied that there  was not much behind  choosing the                                                               
word  "king"  and offered  that  the  name  could be  changed  to                                                               
CHAIR STOLTZE stated that his intent was to provide consistency.                                                                
MS. ANDREW noted that a  previous committee debated "chum" versus                                                               
"keta," but chum was chosen.                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  revealed that "keta" was  considered for marketing                                                               
9:36:31 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS suggested that Alaska  Wild Salmon Day be thought                                                               
of in a  broader sense where fishery shortages  were addressed as                                                               
well.  He  opined that  a  broader-context  approach would  bring                                                               
attention to wild salmon's plight.                                                                                              
9:39:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZ  announced that  he  would  offer an  amendment  to                                                               
change "king" to "Chinook" for consistency's sake.                                                                              
9:39:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  objected for discussion purposes.  He noted that                                                               
he  was  almost  an  adult  before he  knew  king  salmon  had  a                                                               
different name because on the  Yukon River, "kings" were what the                                                               
particular salmon  was called.  He suggested  that if  the bill's                                                               
intent  had   an  educational  component,  that   "known  as"  be                                                               
incorporated to provide colloquial  salmon species names in order                                                               
to avoid confusion.                                                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that he  would withdraw his amendment and                                                               
offered a  conceptual amendment to  draft the formal name  and in                                                               
parenthesis indicate  the common usage.  He noted that  "chum" or                                                               
"dog" salmon  was changed  to "keta"  for marketing  purposes. He                                                               
asked Ms. Andrew if she preferred "keta" or "dog."                                                                              
MS. ANDREW replied  that she had not heard the  word "keta" until                                                               
she worked  for the  Legislature. She  stated that  she preferred                                                               
"chum" or "dog" salmon.                                                                                                         
CHAIR STOLTZE  stated that both  would be used. He  revealed that                                                               
he has  been on the  Alaska Seafood Marketing  Institute's (ASMI)                                                               
board  of directors  for  10 years  and noted  that  ASMI made  a                                                               
concerted effort to market keta salmon versus dog salmon.                                                                       
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  shared that  he  had  reviewed the  Alaska                                                               
Department  of Fish  and Game's  (ADFG) website  and pointed  out                                                               
that ADFG  identified salmon as:  king, coho, sockeye,  chum, and                                                               
pink.  He  added   that  ADFG  noted  salmon's   other  names  in                                                               
parenthesis as well.                                                                                                            
CHAIR STOLTZE  replied that ADFG interchangeably  used formal and                                                               
common names.  He pointed out  that the Legislature put  money in                                                               
the budget  for "Chinook" studies  and "Chinook"  enhancement. He                                                               
added that  fishermen refer  to the "sockeye"  stamp and  not the                                                               
"red" stamp.                                                                                                                    
9:42:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MCGUIRE  stated  that   she  supported  Chair  Stoltze's                                                               
conceptual  amendment because  the change  addressed both  salmon                                                               
education and  marketing. She suggested that  the committee agree                                                               
on the scientific and commonly used names.                                                                                      
CHAIR  STOLTZE asked  if Representative  Edgmon's office  had any                                                               
objections to expanding salmon names for educational purposes.                                                                  
MS.  ANDREW  replied  that  she  personally  liked  the  idea  of                                                               
including  the names  for salmon,  but noted  that she  could not                                                               
answer for Representative  Edgmon. She remarked that  she did not                                                               
anticipate an objection from Representative Edgmon.                                                                             
CHAIR STOLTZE  commented that he  would not  bow at the  altar of                                                               
Fish  and Game.  He  stated  that he  would  make the  "executive                                                               
decision" to  move forward with  his amendment and  remarked that                                                               
he thought Senator Wielechowski would concur.                                                                                   
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI   opined  that   no  one  would   read  the                                                               
resolution, but people would celebrate  Alaska Wild Salmon Day by                                                               
whatever name the salmon were called.                                                                                           
SENATOR  MCGUIRE stated  that her  hope was  the amendment  would                                                               
inspire Representative  Edgmon's office  to think  of educational                                                               
and marketing ideas to celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                        
9:45:55 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE  restated  his   motion  and  detailed  Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1 as follows:                                                                                                         
                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 1                                                                                 
     Line 6 will read: Chinook (king), sockeye (red), coho                                                                      
     (silver), chum (dog/keta), and pink (humpy).                                                                               
9:46:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE moved  Conceptual Amendment  1. He  announced that                                                               
hearing no objection, the amendment was adopted.                                                                                
He  referenced  data from  2015  and  asserted that  over  36,000                                                               
Alaskan  households benefited  from the  "Alaskan resident  only"                                                               
personal-use Kenai-Kasilof and Chitina  fisheries. He stated that                                                               
he could not  think of a more unique fishery  that benefited from                                                               
the wild bounty of Alaska's salmon.                                                                                             
9:48:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  report   HB  128,  as  amended  from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
9:48:35 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that hearing no objection, SCS HB
128(STA) is reported from committee.