Gov. Bill Walker’s office has released the report from his fisheries transition team which sets out priorities, recommendations and possible barriers to success for Alaska fisheries.


The document is concise and well organized, with careful thought to possible actions to achieve success, barriers to success and possible actions to address those barriers.


The number one priority, a clear “fish first” policy, takes aim at actions taken by the previous administration that chipped away at the concept.


The team called for preserving in-stream flows necessary for fish, something that had been threatened by HB 77, which sank under the weight of public opposition, and no significant loss of fish habitat knowingly permitted in the state, which would happen with the Pebble Mine project and the Chuitna coal mine proposed across Cook Inlet.


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