- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Ketchikan lawmaker is proposing that no seine vessels longer than 58 feet can fish in state salmon fisheries.

Rep. Dan Ortiz (or-TEHZ’) said the bill he introduced Wednesday would protect fishing and processing opportunities for Alaskans by limiting the size of boats seining for salmon.

The bill would remove language from state law that enables the Board of Fisheries to allow longer vessels. Ortiz said the bill was not intended to limit the board, but responded to a community concern.

Ortiz said the larger boats take more of the catch, which can limit opportunities for fishermen with smaller boats, and that a longer seiner might process on board, taking jobs out of coastal communities.

The board is expected to consider a proposal addressing seine lengths in March.


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