The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012||
Sponsor Statement: House Joint Resolution 27
Relocate Coastal Villages Region Fund
|Signed Into Law! Legis Resolve 15|
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Herron, Rep. Chenault, Rep. Johnson, Sen. Gardner, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Foster, Rep. Austerman, Rep. Wilson, Sen. Costello, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Olson, Rep. Dick, Rep. Saddler, Rep. Kerttula, Rep. Feige, Sen. Hoffman, Sen. Ellis, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Stedman, Sen. Davis, Rep. Thomas, Sen. Egan, Sen. Paskvan, Sen. Menard, Sen. Meyer, Rep. Olson, Sen. Kookesh, Sen. French, Sen. Wielechowski, Sen. Wagoner, Sen. Dyson, Sen. Giessel, Sen. Stevens
“Supporting the relocation of the home port of the Coastal Villages Region Fund fishing fleet from Seattle to Alaska.”
Posted: April 7, 2011 : v27-LS0780-M
Status: Legis Resolve 15 : 2011-07-19
Coastal Villages Region Fund is one of six Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups created under re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide economic development in villages located in Western Alaska from the fisheries resources of the Bearing Sea. There are 65 communities within a fifty-mile radius of the Bering Sea coastline who participate in the program.
Coastal Villages has grown from a small start up company to one of the largest Alaska based and Alaska owned seafood companies. They have a fleet of 18 ships that fish the pollock, cod, ground fish and crab fisheries in addition to providing bulk transportation and tender services. Coastal Villages is projected to bring in $75 million in sales in 2011.
With a company this large there are millions spent in support services where the fleet home ports such as training programs, fuel, processing, office/warehouse space, and maintenance. This is currently spent in Seattle, however it has been a long standing wish of Coastal Villages and Alaskan leaders to bring the CDQ groups back to Alaska. Coastal Villages has identified Seward as a port that meets their needs for a home port: ice free year- round; road, rail and air access; land and harbor development space; dry dock services for maintenance; and maritime licensing and training.
HJR 27 expresses the support of the Alaska State Legislature for re-locating Coastal Villages Region Fund to Seward, Alaska.