bill being circulated in Juneau would help the
state track commercial fishing's economic impact in Alaska. The initiative would log crew data
from commercial fishing vessels.
version that had put the onus on skippers to report crew data stalled last year
following opposition from the state's largest fishermen's group. But this
version is different. Instead of putting the burden on skippers, it's individual
crew members who would fill out the forms.
Majority Leader Alan Austerman of Kodiak is the bill's sponsor.
-- crew data 1 :06 "You
know, I'm pleased ... way to go."
Fishermen of Alaska had expressed skepticism of earlier forms of the
executive director Mark Vinsel says the current bill which asks crew
log the name and homeport of each vessel they fish for appears to be
-- crew data 2 :24 "The
bill calls ... we're all for it."
One of the
bill's proponents is Kodiak commercial fisherman Terry Haines, a former
city councilman. He says tracking crew data would help quantify the
impact of commercial fishing.
-- crew data 3 :55 "The
reason this data ... we look at."
The program is entirely voluntary.
Haines says he has concerns that there's neither a stick nor carrot to
crew members to take the time to participate.
-- crew data 4 :33 "It
seems to me ... need this data."
would be shared with federal fishing regulators and the state's labor
The bill is scheduled to be heard in committees this week.