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3204 S. Tongass Hwy. Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA

Fishing Industry

I understand the importance of the Alaskan fishing industry and will continue to fight to protect and enhance our vital industry. 


I am the Chair of Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee, which means I lead the creation of the Fish & Game agency budget. Although the entire State of Alaska operating budget has been cut significantly over the past four years, I have worked hard to maintain funding since taking over the Chair position in 2016. This past year, I was able to add eleven new management projects throughout the state in order to increase fishing opportunities for all fishermen. I also included funding for juvenile King salmon research, which is especially important in light of our most recent King salmon fishing seasons.


I have also sponsored and passed three bills pertaining directly to our fishing industry:

  • HB56 gives greater loan access to fishermen to buy or repair equipment, and purchase IFQ shares. I hope this bill gives more financial opportunity to younger fishermen as we avoid the graying of the fleet.

  • HB76 expands access Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund for shellfish and marine plant hatcheries. These funds will be used to develop seed supply, which is a critical part of our growing mariculture industry.

  • HB354 updates the self-assessment process for the Southeast Regional Dive Fisheries Association (SARDFA). This allows permit holders actively participating in the fisheries to have more control over their self-assessed tax.


Lastly, I have worked with the Walker Administration and our entire Federal Delegation - Senators Murkowski and Sullivan and Representative Young - to fight for protection of our transboundary waters from potentially disastrous Canadian mines.