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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 2001-17 <br /> <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br />ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE QUTEKCAKSHELLFISHHATCHERY AND <br />THE COMMENTS THEY SUBMITTED ON REGULATIONS BEING <br />PROPOSED BY THE ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME <br />REGARDING AQUATIC FARMING <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery (QSH) was built by and is owned by the Alaska <br />Department ofFish & Game (ADFG), leased to the City of Seward, and the lease is assigned to the <br />Qutekcak Native Tribe for operations and maintenance; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, QSH was built to overcome the largest hurdle facing the shellfish farming <br />industry in Alaska, i.e. the absence of a source of any species other than oysters and the farmer's <br />inability to secure sufficient quantities of high quality oyster seed from outside sources; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, QSH is the only private permitted producer of indigenous shellfish seed in <br />Alaska; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, growth of the industry, and QSH success, requires diversification into new <br />higher value species (geoduck clam, littleneck clam, rock scallop, and basket cockle) as identified in <br />the business plan as a key component of operational feasibility, that was required by statute, and <br />reviewed and approved by ADFG prior to granting a hatchery permit; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, the existing language of the Constitution, Statutes, Administrative Code, and <br />ADFG's regulations provide a consistent and reasonable basis to promote the shellfish farming <br />industry in Alaska and to protect fish and wildlife resources and existing uses; and <br /> <br />WHEREAS, ADFG's current interpretation of existing regulations and their proposed <br />amendments violates the will of the people as expressed through their legislators in the Aquatic Farm <br />Act of 1988 and interpretations articulated by the Department in 1996, 1998, and 2000 supporting <br />on-bottom culture of indigenous species. <br /> <br />NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SEWARD, ALASKA, that; <br /> <br />Section 1. Concurs that ADFG should attach conditions to issuing a permit that are necessary <br />to protect natural fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and other uses, but attaching conditions <br />to permit applications, and existing farmers that are not necessary to protect resources or,existing <br />