- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution opposing a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in December petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service to create a sanctuary of 554,000 square nautical miles in waters near the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. The federal fisheries agency rejected the petition but told proponents they could resubmit their request.

The Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution opposing another nomination, or such a designation.

That was introduced by Dillingham Rep. Bryce Edgmon, and passed the House earlier in March. It now goes to Gov. Bill Walker to sign.

The resolution notes a lack of local support for new protections in the Aleutians and details opposition from some communities.

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