00 HOUSE BILL NO. 208 01 "An Act relating to aquatic farming of shellfish; and providing for an effective date." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 38.05.083(c) is amended to read: 04 (c) A site may be leased under this section for not less than the appraised fair 05 market value of the lease. The value of the lease shall be reappraised every five years. 06 In determining the fair market value of a lease for an aquatic farming site where 07 shellfish indigenous to the site are cultured, the department shall consider the 08 value of the harvestable shellfish resource on the site and the potential 09 productivity of the site for cultured shellfish. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 38.05.083 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 11 (g) Upon the expiration or termination of the lease, a person who holds a lease 12 for an aquatic farming site where wild stocks of shellfish indigenous to the site are 13 cultured shall, as a condition of the lease, restore the wild stock of shellfish, as 14 consistent with sustained yield management of the wild stock, to the population level 15 that existed on the site when the lease was initially issued. 01 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 02 read: 03 LEASE OF AQUATIC FARMING SITES FOR FARMING OF SHELLFISH. (a) 04 The commissioner of natural resources shall offer for lease to the public before July 1, 2002, a 05 minimum of 60 sites suitable for suspended culture of shellfish, 20 sites suitable for aquatic 06 farming of clams, and 10 sites suitable for aquatic farming of geoducks. The commissioner 07 shall offer the sites for lease by public auction under AS 38.05.075. The leases are subject to 08 AS 38.05.083(b) - (g). The renewal of the leases is subject to AS 38.05.083(a). 09 (b) Before offering leases for aquatic farming sites under (a) of this section, the 10 commissioner of natural resources shall solicit nominations of sites suitable for aquatic 11 farming of clams, geoducks, and other shellfish from the aquatic farming industry in the state 12 and the public. The commissioner of natural resources, in consultation with the Department 13 of Fish and Game and the Department of Environmental Conservation, shall identify sites 14 suitable for aquatic farming of clams, geoducks, and other shellfish. The sites identified by 15 the commissioner must include sites in areas of the state where aquatic farming activities are 16 already occurring. Aquatic farming sites for on-bottom culture of shellfish must be located in 17 areas where either (1) an indigenous population of the shellfish species to be cultivated is not 18 present, or (2) if an indigenous population of the shellfish species to be cultivated is present, 19 aquatic farming of the shellfish species would not interfere with an established commercial, 20 subsistence, or personal use fishery. After the commissioner has published the final list of 21 sites suitable for farming of clams, geoducks, and other shellfish, the commissioner shall offer 22 the sites for lease in accordance with (a) of this section. 23 (c) The aquatic farming sites that are offered for lease under this section are in 24 addition to those offered by the commissioner of natural resources under regulations adopted 25 by the Department of Natural Resources under AS 38.05.083. Aquatic farming leases issued 26 under AS 38.05.083 before the effective date of this Act may not be counted toward the 27 satisfaction of the requirement established by (a) of this section; however, leases for aquatic 28 farming sites that are issued after the effective date of this Act on the basis of lease 29 applications filed with the department before the effective date of this Act may be counted 30 toward the satisfaction of the requirement established by (a) of this section. 31 * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).