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Alaska Fisheries Report – Feb. 24 edition

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Renovated municipal building opens in Petersburg

newmunientrance4City hall has received a major facelift. Petersburg borough employees and the local police department this month have been moving into the newly renovated municipal building on Nordic Drive and will be open for business at that site on Monday, February 27th.

State cuts bring changes to SE commercial fisheries

This super cub at Eliza Lake allows biologists to track pink escapements. Photo courtesy of Troy ThynesCommercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.

Longline fleet awaits word on fishing season start

Commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. This year that’s all up in the air.

Senate OKs Stedman’s small ship waste exemption

ferrydeckflagOne of the first bills to pass the Alaska senate this winter has to do with waste water and artwork on some of Alaska’s ferries. Senate bill 3 would reinstate an exemption for smaller passenger vessels including some state ferries and smaller cruise ships from state waste water treatment requirements.

Ballot selfies bill moves in the Alaska House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALegislators are considering a bill this winter to clarify that someone voting in Alaska can post an online photo with their ballot. That’s currently not allowed under state law.

Senator Sullivan Address to Legislature Friday, watch it here

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Senator Dan Sullivan addressed the Alaska Legislature Friday, Feb. 24th – it’s available here

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Community talent featured at the Wright Auditorium

The 2017 Art Fest logo was created by Sydney Guthrie.A community talent show Thursday night will raise funds for Art Fest happening in Petersburg in April. The money will help pay fees for students participating in the event.

Petersburg case challenges civil seizures, search warrants

Police shieldA lawsuit filed in Petersburg is challenging the seizure of personal property by local, regional and state law enforcement along with the search warrants that led to that property seizure. The plaintiffs are also arguing to expand the civil suit to include law enforcement agencies statewide.

Senator Lisa Murkowski Address to Legislature Wednesday, watch it here

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Senator Lisa Murkowski addressed the Alaska Legislature Wednesday, Feb. 22nd – it’s available here

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