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Sponsored by: Oates <br /> him CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2011 -020 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE RELOCATION OF THE COASTAL <br /> VILLAGES REGION FUND FISHING FLEET FROM SEATTLE TO A NEW <br /> HOME -PORT AT SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> WHEREAS, the State of Alaska worked tirelessly within the framework of the Magnuson - <br /> Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to transition from a federal fishery dominated by <br /> foreign fishing vessels to a fishery fully utilized by Americans; and <br /> WHEREAS, the State of Alaska worked in partnership with the Alaska Congressional <br /> Delegation in the 1990s to promote the Community Development Quota (CDQ) initiative in the <br /> Bering Sea that provided residents of the villages ringing the Bering Sea fisheries a stake in the <br /> fishing industry; and <br /> WHEREAS, many past leaders of Alaska have had a long- standing goal of Alaskanizing <br /> ownership of the fishing fleets serving the CDQ Groups and home porting those fleets in Alaska; <br /> and <br /> Lim WHEREAS, the Coastal Villages Region Fund, one of six CDQ Groups and the largest <br /> Alaskan owned and Alaska based Seafood Company in Alaska's 100 year history of commercial <br /> fisheries, has 100% sole ownership of its fishing fleet, or ownership in partnership with another <br /> CDG Group; and <br /> WHEREAS, Coastal Villages Region Fund is projected to have $75 million in seafood sales <br /> in 2011; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Coastal Villages Region Fund has become so big and successful that it <br /> costs $2 million to fill up the fuel tanks of their fishing fleet one time; they spend approximately $20 <br /> million annually in Seattle for moorage, vendor support, and maintenance; and they spend <br /> approximately $2 million per year to fly crews to and from Alaska and Seattle; and <br /> WHEREAS, this is money that could be spent in Alaska, not in Seattle; and <br /> WHEREAS, the legislation establishing the CDQ Groups requires their earnings to be <br /> reinvested in the Bering Sea area, thus necessitating other ownership of their supporting <br /> infrastructure outside the Bering Sea area; and <br /> WHEREAS, there are no locations within the Bering Sea area that meet the home porting <br /> requirements of the large fishing and processing vessels owned by Coastal Villages Region Fund; <br /> ,.. and <br />