House Passes HB 43 to Allow for Geoduck Farming
|Seaton's Bill Helps to Diversify Economic Base of Coastal Communities in AK|
Posted: April 7, 2009
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed HB 43 by a vote of 31 to 5. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, acts to expand the geoduck farming industry in the Gulf of Alaska by allowing them to be farmed subtidally, even if wild geoducks are not present.
This legislation would create more opportunities for economic development in rural Alaska.
Currently, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has an informal policy that prevents geoduck seeds produced by the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery to be used anywhere outside southeast Alaska. This legislation would lift those restrictions, allowing the non-mobile filter feeders to be farmed elsewhere in the state, such farms would not conflict commercial, sport, subsistence or personal use fisheries.
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