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ADF&G Seeking Public Comment on Draft Mariculture Regulations


July 12, 2005

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is seeking public comment on proposed regulatory changes that implement House Bill 198, thereby bringing the state's Aquatic Farm Regulations into compliance with a recent Alaska Supreme Court decision.

House Bill 198, sponsored by Representative Jim Elkins (and in the Senate by Bert Stedman), made several changes to existing statutes (AS 16.40.100; AS 16.40.105; AS 16.40.155; and AS 16.40.199), including clarification that ADF&G may permit aquatic farmers to harvest from a farm site and sell "insignificant" numbers of wild stocks of shellfish.  House Bill 198 took effect on July 1, 2005.

Under the leadership of Governor Frank Murkowski, ADF&G has been working diligently to foster the growth of Alaska's mariculture industry, which has long been stifled by a series of court rulings.  ADF&G worked closely with an industry stakeholder group to help pass House Bill 198 and draft the corresponding regulations to implement the bill.

As listed in the Public Notice dated July 11, 2005, written comments on the proposed regulatory changes may be submitted for the next 30 days, however; written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on August 10, 2005.  In order to submit written comments or request a hard copy of the proposed regulation changes, contact: Kerri Tonkin, ADF&G; P.O. Box 25526; Juneau, AK 99802-5526; Phone (907) 465-6124, Fax: (907) 465-2604; or Email: 

The proposed regulations and supporting documents, including a sectional analysis, may also be found online at:

At the end of the public comment period, ADF&G may revise these regulations; adopt them as written without further notice, or decide not to take any action. 



Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)


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