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<br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Sponsored by: Janke <br /> <br />CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br />RESOLUTION 2000-090 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE QUTEKCAK SHELLFISH HATCHERY <br /> <br />WHEREAS, shellfish farming is a growing enterprise in Alaska, and one of the major <br />obstacles facing this industry was the need for a variety of shellfish seed produced in the State of <br />Alaska, using broodstock from the same beaches where the seed will be planted; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, state law prohibits the importation of shellfish seed into Alaska, with the only <br />exception being oysters; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, this need was recognized and consequently in 1997 the State of Alaska <br />Department ofFish and Game constructed the State Shellfish Hatchery in Seward; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Qutekcak Native Tribe established a pilot shellfish hatchery in Seward in <br />1993 to demonstrate the opportunities available in this industry; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, with the support of the City of Seward the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery is the <br />operator of the State Shellfish Hatchery; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery has produced a number of species for market, <br />and they've made great progress in developing production techniques to support the broad number of <br />species necessary to support this industry, including clams, cockles, rock scallop, and geoducks; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward has been an advocate for the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery in <br />a number of administrative issues, and has actively lobbied the Legislature on numerous occasions for <br />funding and support; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the City of Seward wishes to see the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery become a <br />financially independent operation that supports a fully developed Mariculture industry in the State of <br />Alaska; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery operation and the hatchery facility are capable <br />of producing large numbers of seed, of several different species, for sale to the Mariculture industry <br />and for use in shellfish rehabilitation in Alaska; <br /> <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SEWARD, ALASKA, that: <br /> <br />Section 1. The City of Seward expresses strong support for the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery, <br />which is a Seward based operation. <br />